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Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care

CHC50121-Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care is the way to advance your career into the next level in childhood education sector. The course is designed to prepare you for a rewarding career in the childhood sector.

Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care reflects the role of educators in early childhood education and care who work in regulated children’s education and care services in Australia. Childhood Educators at this level are responsible for designing and implementing curriculum that meets the requirements of an approved learning framework and for maintaining compliance in other areas of service operations.

Successful completion of the course enables you with skills and knowledge to become a leader of early childhood education programs. With the acquired skills learned through the practical skills and theoretical knowledge you join the force to provide care for children in child care centers and family day care settings.

In addition, as you progress through after completion the course and gaining professional experience you can even guide the fresh graduates about their childhood education careers.

Course Cost

Tuition Fee

Course CRICOS Code


Course Duration

78 weeks

Course Key Information

Delivery Method:

Face to Face at Level 5, 85 Queen Street, Melbourne, VIC 3000

Education Pathways:

Potential employment options are as an Educator in an Early Childhood Education and Care setting.
Students who complete this course may wish to continue their education into higher education qualifications in early childhood education and care.

Career Outcomes:

After successful completion of CHC50121-Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care you can join childhood services on various roles but not limited to become one of the:

  • early childhood educator
  • group leader/program leader 
  • service director
  • preschool assistant
  • outside school hours educator/director
  • home based educator
  • nanny/in-home carer
  • support worker
  • Room leader/Lead educator
  • Family day care educator
  • Assistant Director
Course Duration:

Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care will be delivered over 78 weeks, including 60 weeks of training and assessment spread over 6 terms of 10 weeks each and 18 weeks of holidays.

The qualification requires that a work placement of 280 hours is completed.


Prior to enrolment students needs to qualify. Admissions to CHC50121-Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care requires an individual to:

  • hold a CHC30121 Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care or
  • CHC30113 Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care

Individual need to complete 12 core units and 3 elective units. These course units are selected in accordance with the packaging rules and are relevant to the work outcome, local industry requirements and qualification level.

Admission Requirements:

Ridge International College has the following entry requirements for eligible students:
For enrolment into the course International students must:

  • Be at least 18 years of age and have completed the equivalent of Year 12.
  • Participate in a course entry interview to determine suitability for the course and student needs.
  • Have an IELTS* score of 6.0 (test results must be no more than 2 years old). English language competence can also be demonstrated through documented evidence of any of the following:
    • Educated for 5 years in an English-speaking country; or
    • Successful completion of an English Placement Test

*Note that other English language tests such as PTE and TOEFL can be accepted. Students are required to provide their results so that it can be confirmed they are equivalent to IELTS 6.0.

Other Costs:

Material/Resource  Fee: $800
Application Fee : $200

Course Structure for Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care

Individual need to complete 12 core units and 3 elective units. These course units are selected in accordance with the packaging rules and are relevant to the work outcome, local industry requirements and qualification level.

Core Units:

Unit codeUnit Name
BSBTWK502Manage team effectiveness
CHCECE041Maintain a safe and healthy environment for children
CHCECE042Foster holistic early childhood learning, development and wellbeing
CHCECE043Nurture creativity in children
CHCECE044Facilitate compliance in a children’s education and care service
CHCECE045Foster positive and respectful interactions and behaviour in children
CHCECE046Implement strategies for the inclusion of all children
CHCECE047Analyse information to inform children’s learning
CHCECE048Plan and implement children’s education and care curriculum
CHCECE049Embed environmental responsibility in service operations
CHCECE050Work in partnership with children’s families
CHCPRP003Reflect on and improve own professional practice

Electives Units:

BSBHRM413Support the learning and development of teams and individuals
CHCPOL002Develop and implement policy
CHCDIV003Manage and promote diversity
Certificate IV in Leadership and Management

Delivery and Assessment


The qualification is delivered over 78 weeks comprising of:

  • Six (6) terms of 10 weeks each (60 weeks total).
  • Holiday breaks amounting to 18 weeks (as specified in the timetable)

Students are required to attend 20 hours of classroom training per week. Homework is expected to be approximately 5 hours a week.
The training and assessment schedule shows the weeks during which training is delivered and assessment conducted for each unit.

The total amount of training provided being structured classroom sessions is 664 hours. Time scheduled for assessment in class is 296 hours. Homework which is unsupervised and may include research for assessments and general reading is expected to be on average 5 hours a week.

A work placement of 280 hours is required as per Training Package requirements. However, Ridge International College students will be required to complete 300 hours of work placement as described under work placement arrangements.


Assessment will occur through a variety of methods, including knowledge questions and projects incorporating observations and supervisor reports.

Assessment conditions will ensure a simulated workplace environment for classroom-based assessment.

Assessment tasks:

  • Reflect real life work tasks.
  • Are required to be performed within industry standard timeframes as specified by assessors in relation to each task.
  • Are assessed using assessment criteria that relate to the quality of work expected by the industry.
  • Are performed to industry safety requirements as relevant.
  • Utilise authentic workplace documentation.
  • Require students to work with others as part of a team.
  • Require students to plan and prioritise competing work tasks.
  • Involve the use of standard, workplace equipment such as computers and software.
  • Ensure that students are required to consider workplace constraints such as time and budgets.

Work Placement

Students will be required to complete 300 hours of work placement. Ridge International College has determined that these additional hours will benefit students and therefore this has been factored into delivery of the qualification. The work placement is to be completed as shown in the Training and Assessment Schedule.

Because students learn best while applying their new skills in the workplace the extra work placement hours provide students with the opportunity to further develop their skills. Time in class is provided following the work placement to allow students to work on their portfolios after gaining practical experience and while the experiences are fresh in their minds.

Work placement providers will be provided with a list of activities that students are to complete in the workplace to develop their skills. Assessment will also be conducted in the workplace by Ridge International College trainer and assessor.

Students must undergo a working with children check prior to placement which will be at the student’s own cost. Immunisations may also be required – this will be advised by the student’s workplace.

Ridge International College will assist all students to obtain work placements. However, students may also find their own work placement. Work placement agreements will be signed withparticipating organisations and a facilities check will take place prior to the agreement being signed.

Trainers/assessor will visit students on their work placement at least 4 times, this includes virtual check ins. The purpose of these visits will be to meet with students to discuss any issues concerning the placement or questions the student has, as well as to conduct observations for assessment purposes.

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Diploma of Leadership and Management

RPL/Credit Transfer

Students can apply for recognition of prior learning, and work experience towards this qualification. During the course of your life, you will develop a wide range of skills and knowledge. Through work, volunteer roles, family commitments, and various tasks undertaken in everyday life, you are building up a bank of knowledge. The evidence of these skills and knowledge accumulated can be used to help you gain a qualification.

You can also apply for course credit if you have completed the same unit previously. To apply for RPL or credit transfer indicate your preference in the application form or speak to our staff at the time of enrolment. Refer to RPL/Credit Transfer policy for details.