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CHC50121 Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care

National ID: CHC50121 State ID: BGY6
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The Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care covers educators in children's services (early childhood) who are responsible for planning, implementing and managing programs in early childhood services, in accordance with licensing, accreditation and duty of care requirements. At this level educators have responsibility for supervision of other staff and volunteers. In most states it is the highest qualification required at director or service manager level for children's service centre based care and education.

Gain these skills

  • lead a team in an Education and Care Service
  • provide care and meet the social, emotional, physical and educational needs of infants and young children in various care settings
  • ethical work practices and legal requirements of the industry
  • advanced skills in care routines
  • working with families 
  • observing and recording children's behaviour
  • working with culturally diverse clients
  • managing safety in the workplace
  • work closely with children from different backgrounds and cultures
  • provide care and support for children in various child care situations

Please note: there is a mandatory requirement to undertake an unpaid work placement of a minimum of 280 hours.

Half-price

This qualification is directly aligned with priority industry areas where the jobs are today, and into the future. As part of the state government Lower fees, local skills initiative, from 1 January 2020 through to 31 December 2025 you'll only pay half the course fees, capped for each year at $1,200; or $400 (plus resource fee) if you're aged 15—24 or eligible for a concession. Find out more

VET Student Loans (VSL)

This course is a VET Student Loan eligible course. A VET Student Loan creates a debt that must be repaid to the Commonwealth and is only available to students who are eligible.

To find out if you are eligible or to see the list of eligible courses visit our Student Loans page.

School Leaver Non-School Leaver AQF
Completion of WACE General or ATAR (Minimum C Grades) or equivalent Completion of WACE General or ATAR or equivalent (minimum C Grades) Certificate III

Full time on campus study option

Attendance in class

This course is equivalent to 3 days per week when studied full time across two semesters. This qualification has two stages - each a semester in length  including mandatory practical component in a regulated childcare setting.

At-home study

As well as the in-class component, you will need to complete approximately 15 hours of additional study each week outside of class hours, including private study, assignment preparation, and research.

You will need to have the basic technical requirements for at-home study. If you don’t have access to a computer and WiFi at home, we recommend using our library computers during library hours.

Students will be expected to access to online learning resources with either a laptop or an iPad. The purchase or an eBook or text is required.

Work placement

Both stage 1 and stage 2 of the Diploma have 360 hours of work placement which is mandatory for completion of this course. SM TAFE will arrange a suitable work placement within industry if you are not already working in the industry. 

In order to undertake mandatory work placement, you must obtain a Working with Children Check (WWCC). This form will be issued and completed at your orientation.

Please be aware that industries and employers have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic which has meant that some work placements have been cancelled, put on hold or student places significantly reduced. While every effort is being made to work with our industry partners to secure work placements during this unprecedented time, there may be delays in students being placed. As a result of these delays some students may take longer than the expected time to complete their course. Lecturing staff will keep all students up to date and will inform students if this may affect them and cause a delay in finishing their course.

What you need for your first day of class

On your first day you should bring your SM TAFE confirmation enrolment receipt, your student ID and stationery (pen, notepad, two white lever arch files [2 ring] and two sets of file dividers [10 pack]).

Students will be expected to access to online learning resources with either a laptop or an iPad. The purchase of an eBook or text is required.

Part time online and on campus study option

Students who have completed the Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care and are currently working in the early childhood industry can use this study option to attend workshops on campus, supplemented by online study at home.

Attendance in class

you will be required to attend 7 to 8 workshops on Saturdays at the Thornlie campus.

Work placement

Your work placement arrangement will be used to satisfy the work placement for the course.

What you need to study online

To study online and on campus, you should be prepared to commit to independent study and to attend our campuses. To help you understand what it takes to study online and on campus at SM TAFE, download our info pack below.

Online and on campus study info pack (337 KB) (PDF document - opens in a new tab)

  • This qualification takes three semesters of full-time study to complete.
  • Students must be proficient in written and spoken English, as the course requires communication with other students, lecturers and workers/clients in industry.
  • Students must have the ability to set aside between four and five days per week for attendance at classes, work placement and study.
  • Students will be required to provide personal care such as nappy changing or toileting for babies and children.
  • Successfully completed either Stage one of the Diploma in Early Childhood Education and Care or have completed the CHC30113 Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care
  • To complete this course students must successfully complete an LLN test to ascertain the learner needs.
  • Delivered on campus via seven compulsory workshops – Thornlie campus on a Saturday from 0900 to 1200.
  • If not already working in the Child Care sector applicants are required to do at least two days a week of placement at a Registered Child Care service over the semester.

A Working with Children Check (WWCC) must be obtained prior to attending the mandatory work placement. This form will be issued and completed at your orientation.

Please note this list should be used as a guide only as job titles and qualification requirements may vary between organisations.

SM TAFE actively promotes the employment availability of course graduates to key industry partners and organisations. We also seek expressions of interest from organisations for the placement of our students into work experience. In addition, this course involves work placement, giving you further opportunity to develop relationships with potential employers. We endeavour to assist students into a career pathway, but please be aware that employment is not guaranteed by us.

To access free career planning and job search assistance, visit the Jobs and Skills Centres page.

Become a specialist in your field with university study

The information about university credit points and tuition costs provides a general guide only. SM TAFE recommends students discuss credit points with the university or college of their choice at the time of graduation.

Study options and next steps

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