Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care CHC50121

Empower Young Minds. Become a Certified Lead Educator or Childcare Supervisor

Are you passionate about making a difference in the lives of young children? Do you see yourself nurturing and guiding the early years of learning? The nationally recognised CHC50121 Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care is your gateway to a rewarding and impactful career in early childhood and care.

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Start Date
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12 months with self-paced learning.
This is a blended course with all modules delivered online + 280 hours of work placement.

Course Overview

Course Modules

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Career Outcomes

  • Child Care Worker
  • Assistant Director/Director in a Childcare Centre/Area Manager
  • Childcare Supervisor 
  • Early Childhood Teacher (for those holding Primary Teaching Qualifications) 
  • Family Day Care Educator or Area Coordinator 
  • Lead Educator 
  • Outside of School Hours Care Coordinator 
  • Support worker for a child with additional needs

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Course Entry Requirements

Entry to this qualification is open to individuals who hold a CHC30113 Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care or CHC30121 Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care.

The following local entry requirements apply to ensure applicants can fully engage in the course and have the required learning capacity to meet the course requirements. Learners must:

  • Be at least 18 years of age.
  • An Australian Citizen or Permanent Resident. This course does not accept International Students.
  • Be capable of completing 280 hours of work placement in a registered Early Childhood Education and Care Service.
  • Have suitable language, literacy and numeracy skills to read and comprehend learning materials and perform tasks related to recording workplace documents including reading and writing detailed reports, completing observations, reports and other documents, interpreting workplace policy and procedure and reporting hazards.
  • Learners are required to pass the ACSF LLN test at the required level in reading, writing and numeracy
  • Have sound computer skills to navigate simple software to complete the online component of this course and must be able to use intermediate level Word features in order produce and present word-processed documents/ reports.
  • Have access to a laptop or computer, and internet to complete the online course and attend virtual classroom sessions.
  • Have a valid Working with Children Check/Blue Card (or be prepared to obtain this prior to work placement)
  • Have a valid Police Check (or be prepared to obtain this prior to work placement)
  • Have the required immunisations, including COVID-19 vaccination, as required to attend the placement facility. Please note, additional immunisations may be required given Government or placement facility’s health policy changes.
  • Complete a Pre-Training Review interview via phone/zoom. The entry requirements will be confirmed through information collected during this interview.

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

This course is eligible for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL). RPL considers the knowledge and skills you have gained through your previous education and work history, attributing this to your enrolled qualification course. This may be through formal or informal training and can result in credits towards your qualification. For more information submit an enquiry to speak with a course advisor.

Work Placement

This course includes 280 hours of work placement.

Payment Plan Eligibility

Must be an Australian Citizen or Permanent Resident living in Australia.

About The Course

Lead the Way in Early Learning: Transform Your Career with Advanced Skills in Early Childhood Education and Care

Are you passionate about making a difference in the lives of young children? Do you see yourself nurturing and guiding the early years of learning? Are you looking for a career that fulfils your desire to help and equips you with the skills to excel in early childhood education? If you nod in agreement to these questions, then the nationally recognised CHC50121 Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care is your gateway to a rewarding and impactful career. This course is offered by the Hader Institute of Education, providing you with the foundation you need to succeed in this field.

The core units in this comprehensive diploma course provide a robust foundation, covering critical aspects such as designing and implementing educational programs, fostering children's holistic development, and ensuring their health and safety in an educational setting. These units are complemented by various electives, allowing you to tailor your learning experience. Electives cover diverse areas like promoting inclusion, understanding child protection, managing a childcare service, and developing leadership skills in an educational setting. This blend of core and elective units ensures that you gain the essential knowledge required for day-to-day interactions with children and the strategic skills needed for higher-level responsibilities and leadership roles in early childhood settings.

Upon completion, a world of opportunities awaits you in various educational settings. Imagine yourself as a qualified early childhood educator, childcare worker, childcare centre assistant director or area manager, childcare supervisor, or lead educator in long day care centres, family day care, preschools, or kindergartens. Your expertise will open doors to roles such as Early Childhood Educator, Kindergarten Assistant, or even a Director of a childcare centre. Each role offers the chance to make a lasting impact on children's lives and contribute significantly to their early development.

Embark on a journey that's not just a career but a calling. The CHC50121 Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care is more than a qualification; it's a pathway to shaping the future, one young mind at a time. Enquire now and take the first step towards a fulfilling career that leads to celebrating and nurturing the potential of every child.

Flexible Payment Plan Options Available

Want to study this course but can't afford to pay upfront? No problem! The CHC50121 Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care comes with an interest-free weekly payment plan option catered to your budget.


“Wonderful service and amazing thorough overview of all the information you will need! Cannot wait to begin study with Hader Institute! If you want an easy way to study, this is absolutely the pathway, they're lenient, understanding and supportive also which makes a huge difference with study if you struggle with mental health. 5/5 stars!” - Jordan M.

“I was feeling overwhelmed by the number of courses on offer and Hader Institute of Education have been fantastic in talking me through step by step. Conversations on the phone have been friendly, easy and informative without being overwhelming. Everyone I've spoken to at Hader has been incredibly helpful and reliable and they've made the process slick and easy. I can't wait to get started on my course!” - Corrine B.