CHC50121 Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care

Gain the skills and knowledge to become a lead educator in the delivery of early childhood education programs for children in centre-based and family day cares.


This qualification will also develop your ability to lead and mentor other staff in their early childhood education careers. The Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care includes some management competencies designed to equip graduates with the knowledge to meet the daily challenges of working within the early childhood sector.

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VET Student Loans are available for the Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care. Our courses also provide other payment options including payment plans and direct debt. Learn more about our fees and funding.

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Course code

Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care

Delivery mode
Workplace or distance (online)

Course duration
12 months

Nationally recognised

Practical placement hours
280 hours (2 days per week, 7.5 hour days) in a long day care environment that we can help you organise. For workplace learners, practical placement hours can be scheduled during usual working hours.

Government funding & fees

Payment methods
Direct Debit, Credit Card, VET Student Loan, Pay-as-you-go (Catalyst plus)

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Course units

Core units

CHCECE046 Implement strategies for the inclusion of all children
CHCECE050 Work in partnership with children’s families
CHCECE045 Foster positive and respectful interactions and behaviour in children
CHCECE041 Maintain a safe and healthy environment for children
CHCECE049 Embed environmental responsibility in service operations
CHCECE042 Foster holistic early childhood learning, development and wellbeing
CHCECE043 Nurture creativity in children
CHCECE047 Analyse information to inform children’s learning
CHCECE048 Plan and implement children’s education and care curriculum
CHCECE044 Facilitate compliance in a children’s education and care service
BSBTWK502 Manage team effectiveness
CHCPRP003 Reflect on and improve own professional practice

Elective units

BSBSTR501 Establish innovative work environments
BSBPEF502 Develop and use emotional intelligence
CHCPOL003 Research and apply evidence to practice

Course entry

  • Must hold a Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care (CHC30113 or CHC30121).
  • To commence this program, your Language Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) skills must meet required standards for ACSF LEVEL 3.
  • Have access to a computer and internet.
  • You need to either provide a current Working With Children Check (WWCC) or provide evidence that you have applied for a WWCC. Find out more information here: VIC NSW
  • If you are unable to obtain a WWCC you will not be able to complete the requirements of the course.
  • Evidence of COVID-19 vaccinations may be required by a service to undertake your practical placement.*

*While not a Government public health mandate, individual services have the choice to require evidence of vaccination against COVID-19 and other illnesses. Depending on the service you attend and their vaccination policy, this may affect your ability to undertake practical placement. Selmar has no authority over the decisions made by individual services and cannot warrant you will be able to be placed elsewhere if you are unable to attend an early childhood service because of your vaccination status and will not be responsible for any impact which this may cause on your ability to complete your course requirements.


Possible career pathways you may like to consider upon completion:

  • Room leader/Lead educator
  • Early childhood educator
  • Family day care educator
  • Kindergarten assistant
  • Nanny/in-home carer
  • Assistant Director
  • Centre Director

Pathway to University

Graduates of Selmar’s Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care have a university pathway to study a Bachelor of Education degree in either Early Childhood or Primary at Swinburne Online or Swinburne campus (Hawthorn). Learn more



Workplace training

If you’re already working in an education and care serviceworkplace training could be the perfect delivery mode for you to upskill and advance your career. Studying to get qualified or advance your skills while working at the same time means you can earn while you learn and put your career goals within reach sooner.

You will have a dedicated trainer who will arrange regular face-to-face visits to your workplace and support you throughout your learning journey. 

Study method: Online


Online learning with Selmar

When you choose to study online with Selmar you get all the benefits of online learning while still receiving dedicated trainer support from start to finish.

Access your materials and assessments anywhere, anytime and learn with interactive videos and quizzes. Communicate with your trainer and other peers in real time on your easy to use dashboard. Read more

Distance training

For those not currently working in an education and care service you can study around your life commitments with practical placement we can help organise.

Your dedicated trainer will provide feedback, guidance and support via email, Skype and phone as well as arrange regular placement visits to complete observations and provide coaching.

Study method: Online


What is practical placement

One of the benefits of studying with Selmar is our practical learning that will help you develop hands-on, real-life skills so you develop sector-ready confidence to succeed in the workplace! As part of this program, a minimum of 280 hours must be completed in an education and care service. For students not currently working in the sector, these hours are incorporated into our programs through practical placement. And, we even help you organise placement via our extensive sector network! Read more

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