Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care Online

CHC50121
18 months
Online

Kick-start your career to work in long daycare centres, family daycare, pre-schools or kindergartens. Earn a nationally recognised CHC50121 Diploma in Early Childhood Education and Care. Gain the skills to work in regulated children’s education and care services.

  • Course code: CHC50121

  • Delivery mode: Online

  • Course duration: 18 months

  • Qualification: Diploma

  • Eligibility: This course is not available to International students

  • Nationally recognised: Yes

  • Structured Workplace Learning and Assessment: Yes

  • Awarded by: Swinburne University of Technology

  • Assessments

    • Online quizzes, including multiple choice and short answer questions

    • Portfolio of evidence

    • Written reports

    • Case studies

    • Video and audio role plays and demonstrations.

Kick start your career in early childhood education and care with a nationally recognised Diploma.

Study online to gain a Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care (CHC50121) with Swinburne Open Education. This nationally recognised diploma offers you specialised knowledge and skills required to work in regulated children’s education and care services. Whether you’re looking to start your career in long day care centres, family day care, pre-schools or kindergartens, this course will equip you with the skills you need for daily work.

This online course is designed to develop skills and knowledge required to analyse and apply theoretical concepts to diverse work situations in the early childcare sector. You can study online and continue your current work and life. Enrol to study Early Childhood Education and Care online. Work towards your Diploma with Swinburne Open Education.

This course is not available to International students.

 

Skills you'll learn

  • Maintaining a safe and healthy environment for children 

  • Foster positive and respectful interactions and behaviour in children 

  • Plan and implement children’s education and care curriculum 

 

Start your career in the childcare sector

Source: Career outcome information from Your Career (Oct 2023).

 

Career outcomes

  • Early childhood educator

  • Room leader

  • Educational leader

  • Childcare centre director

An early childhood educator is teaching a child how to draw on the floor.

 

Why study Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care online

  • This nationally recognised diploma offers you specialised knowledge and skills required to work in regulated children’s education and care services.

  • Develop skills and knowledge required to analyse and apply theoretical concepts to diverse work situations in the early childcare sector.

  • Study online and continue your current work and life.

Two female students working on their assignments at a desk.

 

Study online with our world-class learning platform

  • Designed and delivered online so you can learn anywhere, anytime

  • Study on any device - desktop, tablet or mobile

  • Learn through regular trainer-lead online sessions and native content

  • Engage with your learning community through online forums and messages

 

Download your free online course guide

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Once you have enrolled in this course, you can access our online platform and start with the first module. You will need to complete a module and then the next module becomes available to you.

This online course contains 16 online modules, which have been designed to cover the following units of competency, including 12 core units and 3 elective units. This early childhood education and care course contains an introductory module.

Expand units below, to get an understanding of topics and objectives.

BSBTWK502
BSBTWK502 Manage team effectiveness

This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to lead teams in the workplace and to actively engage with the management of the organisation.

CHCECE041
CHCECE041 Maintain a safe and healthy environment for children

The unit describes the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge to monitor and maintain health and safety in the areas of individual health, hygiene, infectious disease, supervision, risk management, incident and emergency management. It includes the ability to contribute to the ongoing improvement of workplace health and safety policies and procedures.

CHCECE042
CHCECE042 Foster holistic early childhood learning, development and wellbeing

This unit describes the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required to foster and enhance the holistic learning, development and wellbeing of children from birth to six years of age. It includes the ability to use detailed knowledge of different developmental domains and developmental theory and how these domains link to support holistic development.

CHCECE043
CHCECE043 Nurture creativity in children

This unit describes the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required to develop, implement and evaluate experiences that nurture creativity in children through construction, digital technologies, dramatic play, imaginative play, movement, music and visual art.

CHCECE044
CHCECE044 Facilitate compliance in a children's education and care service

This unit describes the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required to facilitate legislative, regulatory and National Quality Framework compliance in an education and care service.

CHCECE045
CHCECE045 Foster positive and respectful interactions and behaviour in children

This unit describes the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required to develop guidelines that foster positive and respectful interactions and behaviour, and to monitor and support children’s learning, development and wellbeing in this area.

CHCECE046
CHCECE046 Implement strategies for the inclusion of all children

This unit describes the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required to promote inclusion and diversity and to plan, implement and monitor individual support strategies.

CHCECE047
CHCECE047 Analyse information to inform children's learning

This unit describes the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required to gather and analyse information about children’s learning to inform practice.

CHCECE048
CHCECE048 Plan and implement children's education and care curriculum

This unit describes the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required to plan, implement and evaluate curriculum over a period of time to foster children’s learning and development.

CHCECE049
CHCECE049 Embed environmental responsibility in service operations

This unit describes the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required to develop, implement and evaluate a sustainability management plan and support children’s environmental responsibility.

CHCECE050
CHCECE050 Work in partnership with children's families

This unit describes the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required to establish relationships with families, connect with the local and broader community and promote opportunities for collaboration and sharing of information with families to support effective education and care for children.

CHCPRP003
CHCPRP003 Reflect on and improve own professional practice

This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to evaluate and enhance own practice through a process of reflection and ongoing professional development.

BSBHRM413
BSBHRM413 Support the learning and development of teams and individuals

This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to determine individual and team development needs and to facilitate the development of the workgroup.

CHCDIV003
CHCDIV003 Manage and promote diversity

This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to evaluate and promote diversity in the workplace, and to contribute to the planning of diversity policies and procedures. This may apply to internal work practices or external service delivery.

CHCECE053
CHCECE053 Respond to grievances and complaints about the service

This unit describes the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required to effectively resolve grievances and complaints about the service.

Course requirements

Entry to this diploma early childhood education qualification requires that learners hold a CHC30121 Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care or CHC30113 Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care (superseded). Students must be 18 years of age or above.

This course is not available to International students.

The Swinburne Open modern online learning platform has been designed so that you can study online anywhere, anytime. You will need to meet the following IT requirements to use our platform for this Diploma course:

Desktop or laptop

  • Latest version of Chrome or Safari

  • Microsoft Office (2010 or higher)

  • Adobe PDF Reader

Mobile or tablet*

  • Latest version of Chrome or Safari

  • Latest version of Android

  • Latest version of iOS

* Students using a mobile or tablet will need to upload documents from a laptop or desktop or have a Dropbox account.

Eligible students may be able to access a VET Student Loan (VSL). For more details on this initiative, as well as eligibility criteria, please visit Swinburne University of Technology.

The course requires skills to be demonstrated within the workplace during 300 hours of Structured Workplace Learning and Assessment (SWLA). SWLA is conducted in an approved venue under a formal agreement between the host organisation, the student and Swinburne Open Education.

SWLA is grouped into 2 blocks. Although all units in this course have SWLA components, students will not commence SWLA until Module 5. Ensuring each student successfully completes theoretical components of learning and assessment in the first 4 online modules, prior to attending an approved facility. The same design has been applied to Modules 6 to 12. Students are required to complete theory components of these units prior to completing a 2nd block of SWLA. Students cannot be deemed as competent for a unit until their theory and practical (SWLA) assessment tasks are assessed as satisfactory.

See our SWLA Frequently Asked Questions for more information.

Intake dates

Please note, this Diploma course is split into 3 study blocks. Below are the key dates for the next three study block 1 intakes we have available.

Study block 1:

  • Last enrolment date: Monday 26 February, 2024

  • Start date: Monday 4 March, 2024

  • Census date: Friday 5 April, 2024

  • Finish date: Sunday 4 August, 2024

  • Maximum extension: Sunday 29 September, 2024

Study block 2:

  • Last enrolment date: Monday 12 August, 2024

  • Start date: Monday 19 August, 2024

  • Census date: Friday 20 September, 2024

  • Finish date: Sunday 19 January, 2025

  • Maximum extension: Sunday 16 March, 2025

Study block 3:

  • Last enrolment date: Monday 27 January, 2025

  • Start date: Monday 3 February, 2025

  • Census date: Friday 7 March, 2025

  • Finish date: Sunday 6 July, 2025

  • Maximum extension: Sunday 31 August, 2025

Study block 1:

  • Last enrolment date: Monday 25 March, 2024

  • Start date: Monday 1 April, 2024

  • Census date: Friday 3 May, 2024

  • Finish date: Sunday 1 September, 2024

  • Maximum extension: Sunday 27 October, 2024

Study block 2:

  • Last enrolment date: Monday 9 August, 2024

  • Start date: Monday 16 September, 2024

  • Census date: Friday 18 October, 2024

  • Finish date: Sunday 16 February, 2025

  • Maximum extension: Sunday 13 April, 2025

Study block 3:

  • Last enrolment date: Monday 24 February, 2025

  • Start date: Monday 3 March, 2025

  • Census date: Friday 4 April, 2025

  • Finish date: Sunday 3 August, 2025

  • Maximum extension: Sunday 28 September, 2025

Study block 1:

  • Last enrolment date: Monday 29 April, 2024

  • Start date: Monday 6 May, 2024

  • Census date: Friday 7 June, 2024

  • Finish date: Sunday 6 October, 2024

  • Maximum extension: Sunday 1 December, 2024

Study block 2:

  • Last enrolment date: Monday 14 October, 2024

  • Start date: Monday 21 October, 2024

  • Census date: Friday 22 November, 2024

  • Finish date: Sunday 23 March, 2025

  • Maximum extension: Sunday 18 May, 2025

Study block 3:

  • Last enrolment date: Monday 31 March, 2025

  • Start date: Monday 7 April, 2025

  • Census date: Friday 9 May, 2025

  • Finish date: Sunday 7 September, 2025

  • Maximum extension: Sunday 2 November, 2025

 

Online study FAQs

We understand you need to fit study around your busy life. Our online learning platform is designed with this in mind, so you can study on any device, anywhere, anytime. Here are answers to some childcare frequently asked questions.

Read more FAQs

 

Early childhood care education focuses on nurturing and educating young children, typically from birth to eight years old. It equips individuals with skills to provide a safe, stimulating, and supportive environment for children's growth and development.

You can acquire these skills through childcare online courses like the Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care or Cert III in Early Childhood Education and Care.

To get a childcare job in Australia, you typically need to start by completing relevant qualifications like the CHC50121 Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care, or a certificate course in early childhood education.

A childcare diploma equips you with additional and necessary skills and knowledge. Once qualified, you can search for job openings at childcare centres, schools, or family daycare providers. Networking and gaining practical experience through internships or volunteering can also improve your chances.

Completing a Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care typically takes about 24 months if you study full-time.

However, the duration can vary depending on whether you choose to study part-time, in which case it may take longer to complete.

Yes, childcare wages in Australia are increasing, with a 5.75% raise from July 2023.

This increase is in response to soaring inflation rates and reflects the growing recognition of the importance of the childcare and early childhood education sector.

 

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