CHC50121 Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care

This qualification reflects the role of educators in early childhood education and care who work in regulated children’s education and care services in Australia. 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. They use specialised knowledge and analyse and apply theoretical concepts to diverse work situations. They may have responsibility for supervision of volunteers or other educators.

Early childhood educators work in long day care centres, family day care, pre-schools or kindergartens.

What does this mean for you?

Real opportunities for you – So get qualified with SGSCC and kick start your rewarding career as an Early Childhood Educator today.

What will you learn?

  • Holistic early childhood learning, development and wellbeing
  • Compliance in Early Childhood Education
  • Fostering children’s positive and respectful behaviour
  • Early Childhood Education curriculum planning
  • Environmental responsibility in a childcare centre
  • Children inclusion
  • Children creativity
  • Partnership with children's families
  • Professional practice
  • Emotional intelligence
  • Innovative work environment
  • Team development and management

Employment opportunities with this qualification are:

  • Early Childhood Educator
  • Early Childhood Team Leader

What will you achieve from completing this course?

  • A nationally recognised CHC50121 Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care
  • Skills and knowledge required to manage an early childhood education centre
  • Skills to lead a team and develop work priorities
  • The knowledge to abide by legislative requirements to provide positive and respectful relationships with children

What you need to know about this course:

  • New students are expected to attend a mandatory college orientation before course commencement. Orientation times and dates will be advised after enrolment.
  • Classes commence at the beginning of week 1 of each school term
  • Students will be accepted into the class throughout the term
  • You will need to plan for approximately 10-12 hours a week at home to complete assessment tasks
  • There is no training during school holidays
  • Private Facebook groups are used to share resources and learning
  • Resources are provided by SGSCC
  • Student lounge available
  • WiFi is available

What resources do you need to study from home?

  • A computer with internet access
  • Email access
  • Facebook account

Course entry requirements

  • Students must be working in the industry and have a current CHC30121 Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care, or CHC30113 Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care, to enrol in this course. Students must be working in the industry to enrol in this course as it requires workplace assessment to be conducted.
  • Current National Police Check (arranged through SGSCC)
  • Complete an SGSCC English language, literacy and numeracy assessment to determine that the student has sufficient skills to successfully complete the course
  • Access to computer/internet
  • Facebook account for private class communication and access to learning resources (assistance creating an account can be arranged through SGSCC)
  • Note taking materials
  • Attend work placement and be workplace assessed (minimum 280 hours)
  • Unique Student Identifier (can be arranged through SGSCC)
  • Recognition for units may be granted based on previous learning, studies, work and/or life experiences.

Do you need to complete any work placement hours?

  • Yes, you need to complete 280 hours (35 days) in an early childhood education centre that caters for children up to 6 years.
  • Before commencing your work placement you will need a ‘Working with Children’ check and a current National Criminal Record history check. The college can help you apply for this.
  • SGSCC also offers a simulated learning environment.

Will you need to sit for any exams?

  • No. This is a competency-based course
  • Tell us, then show us you understand and are able to implement the learning you have received
  • You will be required to competently complete assessment tasks for all units of learning

Assessments are made up by a range of:

  • Case studies
  • Demonstration
  • Observations in the workplace
  • Portfolio of evidence
  • Presentation
  • Questions & answers
  • Research report

To be deemed competent:

  • You will receive clear assessment instructions
  • You must complete all assessments to a satisfactory standard as set by your trainer
  • These are assessed by your trainer
  • Opportunities will be provided for trainers to support students and to resubmit their assessments if required.

Course Fees & Payment Options:

  • $4,970 (maximum Smart and Skilled student fee)
  • $5,000 (fee for those who are ineligible for Smart and Skilled)
  • Pay in full or interest-free monthly payment plan available
  • By Cash, EFTPOS, Visa or MasterCard

Delivery Overview:

  • Duration: 4 term course
  • Days: Wednesday and Thursday 9.30am-4pm
  • Units of Learning: 15
  • Requirements: Students must have a current CHC30121 Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care, or CHC30113 Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care, to enrol in this course. Attend work placement at end of course.
  • Monthly Intake: Yes

Eligibility for Subsided Training under the Smart & Skilled Training Program:

This training is subsidised by the NSW Government under the Smart & Skilled Training Program. To be eligible you must be

  • an Australian Citizen/Perm Resident/NZ citizen/humanitarian visa holder
  • aged 15 years or older, and
  • live or work in New South Wales, and
  • no longer be at school or equivalent

See Smart & Skilled page for further information.

Eligibility for “Skilling for Recovery” - Fee-Free nationally accredited training:

Skilling for Recovery is a NSW Government initiative to deliver JobTrainer funding in NSW. It provides free certificate, diploma and short course training to eligible applicants. If you meet the Smart & Skilled Program eligibility above and one of the following you could complete this course fee free:

  • Unemployed (with or without a benefit); or
  • At risk of unemployment; or
  • 17-24 years old (employed or not)

See Skilling for Recovery page for further information.

Time for you to enrol:

  • The WorkSkills team are available to take your enquiry or enrolment on 02 8543 7412 during business hours
  • At the Jannali Office Reception (Mon-Fri 9am to 5pm)

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Assessments are made against units of competency from the Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care CHC50121.
  • Analyse information to inform children’s learning (CHCECE047)
  • Work in partnership with children’s families (CHCECE050)
  • Facilitate compliance in a children’s education and care service (CHCECE044)
  • Plan and implement children’s education and care curriculum (CHCECE048)
  • Embed environmental responsibility in service operations (CHCECE049)
  • Manage team effectiveness (BSBTWK502)
  • Foster positive and respectful interactions and behaviour in children (CHCECE045)
  • Implement strategies for the inclusion of all children (CHCECE046)
  • Maintain a safe and healthy environment for children (CHCECE041)
  • Develop and use emotional intelligence (BSBPEF502)
  • Support the learning and development of teams and individuals (BSBHRM413)
  • Nurture creativity in children (CHCECE043)
  • Reflect on and improve own professional practice (CHCPRP003)
  • Foster holistic early childhood learning, development and wellbeing (CHCECE042)
  • Establish innovative work environments (BSBSTR501)