Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care CHC50121


The nationally recognised CHC50121 Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care is designed to prepare you for a successful career in Childhood education. You will learn how to develop the knowledge and skills to work across a range of early childhood settings, lead a team to success and ignite children's imaginations.

Course Breakdown


CHC50121 Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care

Course duration: Self-paced - maximum of 24 months

Recommended hours per week: 14h

Delivery method: Online with Work Placement

Qualification level: Diploma

Awarded by: Open Colleges Pty Ltd (Provider number: 90796)


Industry Overview

There are currently 125,600 workers employed as child carers in Australia. This is likely to reach 142,100 by 2026, with a projected growth of 5.9%. For students who wish to use their Diploma to become a Child Care Centre Director or Coordinator, job growth is expected to grow very strongly. It is anticipated that there will be an additional 3,300 jobs available by 2026.

Source: National Skills Commission Labour Market Insights (

Is this course for you?

This engaging course is perfect for people who love working with, and inspiring, children. With some experience in the childcare sector, this Diploma will train you to be a highly skilled childhood educator, who is qualified to step up into senior and management positions.

If you are an existing worker or have experience in the related industry, please inform our enrolment consultants during your enrolment conversation. You may be eligible to enrol as an existing worker and complete your studies faster. Please note - limitations do apply.

What you will learn

During your studies you will learn how to:

  • Develop and implement workplace policies and procedures for sustainability
  • Undertake a structured process to reflect on and improve your professional practice
  • Manage the effectiveness of your work team
  • Contribute to, facilitate, and monitor learning and development for teams and individuals
  • Use strategies to foster and promote diversity in your work practice
  • Design, implement, and evaluate plans to enhance environmental responsibility
  • Facilitate self-assessment and develop quality improvement plans
  • Examine policies and procedures and document how risks are assessed

Learning Material

Your learning materials are access through our online platform OpenSpaceX. These learning materials include 

  • Learning content 
  • Media 
  • Additional resources 
  • Learning activities 
  • Self-checks 

Your trainer

Debra Hine
Debra has been involved in the Early Childhood Education and Care in various forms for more than 20 years. She has completed her Nursing Diploma and begun her career as a Mothercraft Nurse, caring for babies, toddlers and young children
Charmaine Debono
Charmaine has worked in early childhood education and care settings for 10 years with children from aged 0-5 years. Whilst working as an Early Childhood Teacher, she completed a Certificate III and Diploma in Children’s Services, and went on to complete a Bachelor of Education (Birth to 5 years).

Academic Information

Open Colleges may make changes to the course from time to time to reflect changes introduced to the relevant Training Package or other regulatory requirements.

Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care

Develop workplace policies and procedures for sustainability
  • Prepare workplace sustainability policies. 
  • Implement workplace sustainability policies.
  • Review implementation of workplace sustainability policies.
Reflect on and improve own professional practice
  • Reflect on own practice
  • Enhance own practice
  • Facilitate ongoing professional development
Manage team effectiveness
  • Establish team performance plan. 
  • Develop and facilitate team cohesion. 
  • Facilitate teamwork.
  • Liaise with stakeholders.
Support the learning and development of teams and individuals
  • Contribute to needs development. 
  • Support implementation of learning and development.
  • Monitor and evaluate workplace learning. 
Manage and promote diversity
  • Research diversity in the workplace.
  • Foster diversity.
  • Adapt communication strategies.
  • Contribute to workplace diversity policies and procedures.
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Assessment Details

  • Multiple choice Quiz
  • Projects
  • Role plays
  • Video
  • Work Placement
  • Written assignments

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

We understand that you may already have many skills and areas of expertise that you have obtained in different ways and these are recognised through our Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) process.

Our Credit Transfer & Recognition of Prior Learning Policy, available in the Key Student Information section of our website, provides more information about our RPL process. Alternatively, you can contact an Enrolment Consultant to discuss your RPL options.

Course Duration

The duration for the course is self paced - maximum of 24 months. As a self-paced online course, the time it will take you to complete is flexible and dependent on ability and time available.


Work Placement

This course contains a minimum of 320 hours of work placement.

What are the benefits?

  • By undertaking a work placement you’ll get a chance to put the knowledge you’ve learned on your course into practice.
  • You’ll also develop practical, on-the-job skills and could make contacts that could help you find a job once you graduate.
  • Work placement is often the most rewarding part of a student’s course. Working face-to-face with clients and colleagues in your chosen field makes a huge difference to your career confidence.

How do I find a work placement?

You’ll need to find a work placement yourself and ensure it’s approved by Open Colleges. When looking for a suitable work placement host organisation, have a think about the following:

  • Are you already working or volunteering in the industry your course is related to? You could potentially do your work placement at your current place of work or have contacts that could recommend a suitable work place. Ask around!
  • If you’re entering a new industry, do some research and start thinking about organisations you could approach. We have plenty of resources available to help with approaching and finding a suitable work placement organisation.

Cost of work placement

All costs of work placement, including any placement fees charged by the host organisation (whether to the student or Open Colleges), cost of statutory checks and vaccinations, travel, accommodation, and uniforms are the responsibility of the student. These fees will vary and are dependent on your location within Australia.

  • Costs for statutory checks will range between $0 - $100 dependent on the type of check you select and your state.
  • Costs for vaccinations will very between practitioners, please refer to your GP for approximate costs.
  • Placement fees will vary, please discuss this with your intended host organisation for approximate costs.

Host organisation

You are required to complete 320 hours of work placement.

Work placement hours can be done part time or as a block, depending on the host organisation's requirements and availability.

You will not be able to achieve competencies for modules 5 – 15 unless you have completed your work placement hours.

The Host Organisation needs to be able to provide the students with access to the equipment and resources necessary to undertake Workplace Assessments. The Host Organisation must be a regulated children’s education and care service in Australia, operating under the legislative requirements of the National Quality Framework.

Workplaces suitable to undertake SWL at include (but are not limited to):

  • Long day care services catering for children 0-5 years of age
  • Preschools

Open Colleges will need to ascertain whether the workplace you have chosen is appropriate before you commence your work placement hours.


Please note that your host organisation may require you to provide an up to date immunisation history prior to the commencement of your work placement. Open Colleges has no control over this requirement so if you are unable to provide this, you will need to discuss it with your intended Host Organisation.

It should also be noted that some immunisations, such as Hepatitis B and COVID-19, need multiple injections to be administered over a specific time period before you are deemed immune. It is important that you consult with your GP as soon as possible to avoid delays in starting your work placement.

Supervisor requirements

Students must be supervised by a qualified staff member when on placement. A Workplace Supervisor must be a qualified educator either possessing a Diploma in the field of Early Childhood Education approved by ACECQA with 3 years’ experience, or a Bachelor of Education in Early Childhood. Exceptions can be made in certain services, such as remote services, where the supervisor will need to be a Nominated Supervisor approved by ACECQA. These requirements are included in the Workplace Approval Form.


Open Colleges recommends that you consider the work placement options in your local area prior to enrolling in this course.


Study and pay, your way

Payment Options

Pay Upfront
Save 30%
$5,740.00 Save $2,460.00
was $8,200.00
Week to week
Pay as you go
Save 12%
Pay in 88 instalments over the length of your course.
$79.54 Weekly
Total course cost: $7,200.00
was $8,200.00
Full course breakdown

Studying online with Open Colleges

Flexibility - study at your own pace

When you study online with Open Colleges you’re in control.

You can choose to complete your course quickly, or keep to a steady pace. Learning is fully flexible so you can fit your everyday commitments around your studies.

Everything you need to study is online so you can study wherever you like – but that doesn’t mean you’re on your own.

OpenSpace is our online learning platform. It’s where you’ll go to access your learning materials, contact your expert trainers and assessors and upload your assessments.

What is OpenSpace?

It’s important to us that we deliver a superior, online learning platform that meets our students’ needs. That’s why we have upgraded to our brand new, custom-designed learning platform, OpenSpace.

OpenSpace provides you with a user-friendly interface, that is mobile responsive. This means that you can complete your coursework using your laptop, iPad, or mobile device. All coursework is automatically saved, providing you with the flexibility you need to complete your studies anywhere, anytime.

How to get support?

Learning Support

The learning support team will be with you every step of the way, from enrolment to graduation. They’re here to help you get the most out of your online course. They can assist by providing non-academic support - like helping you craft an achievable study plan so that you can graduate in a realistic timeframe. If you’re finding it tough to stay motivated throughout your course, they’ll be there to help keep you on track.

Student support

The Student Support team is your one-stop service centre for all student administrative issues – including enrolment, change of contact details, OpenSpace support, assessment results and certification.

You can access the Student Support team by email or phone