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 a 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 the supervision of volunteers or other educators.
Early childhood educators work in long daycare centres, family daycare, pre-schools or kindergartens.
  • This course will prepare you for an Early childhood educator job in the Early Childhood Education and Care industry.
  • You will be required to study 12 core units and 3 electives.
  • AMES Australia organises a work placement of 280 hours for each student at a regulated childcare service. All students are supervised during their placement.
  • Early childhood educators work in long day care centres, family day care, pre-schools or kindergartens.
  • All AMES Australia industry certificate courses provide specialist English language support for refugees and migrants. 

What will I learn?

  • Supporting Children’s Development and Learning 
  • Regulatory compliance in the childcare industry
  • Planning and development of services to cater to children's needs
  • Planning and facilitating creativity in the children
  • Development of alliances and networking among the parents
  • Starting a career in child care centres, before and after school services, kindergartens and affiliated industry

How will I learn?

The course will be offered in Mixed Mode Delivery

  • Classroom-based Learning (Face to face), where you attend AMES' campus with a Teacher/Trainer present
  • Online Learning, where you studies remotely off campus via MS Teams, using training materials that are provided online or correspondence by the Teacher/Trainer

What jobs can I apply for after completing this course?

  • Early Childhood Educator
  • Lead Educator
  • Centre Manager
  • Director
  • Family Day Care Operator
  • OHS Coordintor


Fulltime: One day blended and one day structured learning

Fridays: Blended (Face-to-face and online) : 09:00 AM - 04:00 PM

Directed structured activities: 04:00 PM - 05:00 PM 

Self-directed learning: 8hrs/week


For more information visit AMES Australia online service standards.

  • Courses and Units

    Units of Competency CHC50121 Early Childhood Education and Care

     The hours displayed below are nominal, and actual classroom hours delivered may differ. Please contact us for the latest student contact hours. 

    Code and Title

    Core Elec Nominal Hours (***)
    BSBTWK502 Manage team effectiveness X


    CHCECE041 Maintain a safe and healthy environment for children X


    CHCECE042 Foster holistic early childhood learning, development, and wellbeing X


    CHCECE043 Nurture creativity in children X

    CHCECE044 Facilitate compliance in an education and care service  X


    CHCECE045 Foster positive and respectful interactions and behaviour in children X


    CHCECE046 Implement strategies for the inclusion of all children X


    CHCECE047 Analyse information to inform children’s learning X
    CHCECE048 Plan and implement children’s education and care curriculum  X
    CHCECE049 Embed environmental responsibility in service operations X


    CHCECE050 Work in partnership with children’s families X


    CHCPRP003 Reflect on and improve own professional practice X




    CHCDIV003 Manage and promote diversity


    CHCECE053 Respond to grievances and complaints about the service


    CHCPOL002 Develop and implement policy






Language, Literacy, Numeracy and Digital Assessment is required - Must have completed Cert III in Early Childhood Education and Care

Course duration

16 months plus 280 hours of practical work placement

Course dates

Register for waitlist


Information sessions scheduled every Thursday at 04:00 PM via Zoom.


Course Eligibility

An intermediate level of English is required, however your English level will be assessed on application.

One of the following should also apply:

  • an Australian Citizen
  • a Permanent Resident
  • a holder of a permanent visa
  • a New Zealand citizen

Asylum Seekers now eligible for Skills First courses

Training Providers which are TAFE Institutes or Learn Local Organisations are now able to confirm an individual’s eligibility for the Asylum Seeker VET Program by using the Commonwealth Visa Entitlement Verification Online (VEVO) to confirm if the individual holds a valid:

  • Bridging Visa Class E (BVE)
  • Safe Haven Enterprise (SHEV)
  • Temporary Protection Visa (TPV)


This training is delivered with Victorian and Commonwealth Government funding. Please refer to the schedule of fees for more information here or contact AMES Australia to check your eligibility for a concession fee.

There may be extra charges for learning materials, first aid certificate, police check & etc. 

A fee concession to a student enrolled under the Asylum Seeker VET Program can then be granted in accordance with the Guidelines about Fees.

How to Enrol

Enquire now to find out:

  • your eligibility
  • cost
  • arrange a time to have your English level assessed

The course will be run subject to enrolment numbers.

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