CHC50121 Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care


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50 weeks (40 tuition weeks and up to 10 weeks holidays)

Practical Training

F2F, Blended and Online

Yorke Institute – Your Gateway to a New Career in Childcare Management

The CHC50121 Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care course is designed for those looking to continue working in the childcare industry with long term prospects of becoming a childcare centre supervisor or manager.
By undertaking this nationally accredited qualification, you will be provided with the knowledge and skills required to manage the care of children by supervising and/or managing those engaged to run activities for groups of children during the day who are responsible for;
  • Positively interacting with all children, nurturing their confidence and self-esteem
  • Ensuring a clean and healthy environment for all children
  • Participating in supervising indoor/outdoor environments to provide safety for the children at all times
  • Planning engaging activities, good communication skills, manage a budget, supervise employees
  • Designing and implementing curriculum and approved learning framework within the requirements of the Education and Care Services National Regulations and the National Quality Standard.

Help children learn and grow with the CHC50113 Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care from Yorke Institute

Career Pathway

Certificate III of Early Childhood Education and Care
CHC50121 Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care
Qualification Pathway CHC62015 Advanced Diploma of Community Sector Management and Bachelor of Early Childhood Education.
Career Pathway from completing CHC50121 Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care
Advanced qualification to become a Director, Centre Manager, Program Leader, Authorised Supervisor, Children’s Advisor, Family Day Care Centre Supervisor and More!

The Yorke Experience: Providing you with a direction in your journey

Yorke Institute will organise all work placement hours for you at various prestigious child care facilities.  This will be conducted in an actual operational child care facility so that you will be able to interact with skilled staff and children. This interaction will provide you with a greater depth of understanding and knowledge of how the facility operates. Yorke Institute has chosen facilities that have ongoing employment opportunities that may result in employment for students who successfully complete their qualification.

We provide relevant advice and learning direction

A pre-training review to assess course suitability and entry-level for each individual will be conducted. This may result in a recommended learning pathway to help you meet course-specific requirements and any other prerequisites.

We offer guidance and support

  • Our courses are structured with due dates and a realistic number of assessments to assist you to complete the course requirements with ease.
  • On-campus learning provides students with face to face contact and offers the opportunity to study in an inclusive and supportive environment.
  • We will find you placements with our partnering providers.
  • We can assist you in finding work through our job network including the placement providers.

We see you through to completion

We support you with resources that will enrich your learning experience and support successful completion of the course which may include:
  • Mentoring from trainers.
  • Additional classes, tutorials and workshops.
  • Computer and technology support from the trainer if necessary.
  • Referral to external support services.
Yorke will provide additional support for any students experiencing:
  • Disability and access issues;
  • Language barriers;
  • Language, literacy and numeracy issues;
  • Employment issues; and/or
  • Any other issues that may affect their ability to achieve their training goals.
Additional support services to students will be provided where it is necessary to enable students to participate in the same way as any other person regardless of whether support services have been required. Where there is perceived difficulty in achieving learning goals, the trainer will discuss these issues with the student. The student will be provided with information about possible alternative pathways, additional tools and resources available, and options and choices for accessing a supportive network. The information provided will vary depending on the individual needs of the student.

Program Completion Requirements

  • You will be required to attend all scheduled classes, work placements and submit assessments in a timely manner and achieve competent results for all units in order to receive your qualification.
  • To achieve this qualification, you must have completed at least 240 hours of work placement.


For details of the next intake or to find out if you are eligible for government funding, call Yorke Institute now on 02 8075 4527.
Course Description

National Code and Title
CHC50121 Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care
Practical Delivery Sites
Domestic Students
  • City Campus: Level 3 335 Flinders Lane Melbourne 3000
International students
  • City Campus: Level 3 335 Flinders Lane Melbourne 3000
Duration of program
50 weeks (including 40 tuition weeks with up to 10 weeks of holidays)
Learning and assessment
50 weeks is broken into time for training, learning and assessment activities. This includes:
  • Class sessions of approx. 14 hours for the first week
  • Homework of approximately 11 hours per week is required. Homework tasks are monitored, and student will be expected to complete these to ensure they can progress.
    For International students Up to 6 hours of this time is counted towards the scheduled course hours as distance work they are expected to complete.
  • Work Placement of at least 8 hours per week x 30 weeks work placement and holidays totalling 240 hours.
Selection Requirement
There are no formal entry requirements set by the Training Package for this course however for admission Yorke requires the following evidance:
  • 18 years old and above
  • have a current Working with Children Check or apply and receive one within term 1 of the course (work placement begins in term 2)
  • current Police check to undertake work placement
  • You must have completed the following 11 units as part of a CHC30113 – Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care or equivalent through Credit transfer or Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) arrangements to enter this program:
1. CHCDIV002 Promote Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander cultural safety Core – Enter with a credit
2. CHCECE001 Develop cultural competence Core – Enter with a credit
3. CHCECE002 Ensure the health and safety of children Core – Enter with a credit
4. CHCECE003 Provide care for children Core – Enter with a credit
5. CHCECE004 Promote and provide healthy food and drinks Core – Enter with a credit
6. CHCECE005 Provide care for babies and toddlers Core – Enter with a credit
7. CHCECE007 Develop positive and respectful relationships with children Core – Enter with a credit
8. CHCECE009 Use an approved learning framework to guide practice Core – Enter with a credit
9. CHCPRT001 Identify and respond to children and young people at risk Core – Enter with a credit
10. HLTAID004 Provide an emergency first aid response in an education and care Core – Enter with a credit
11. CHCLEG001 Work legally and ethically Core – Enter with a credit
LLN Assessment
Applicants must:
  • Complete a language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) assessment to demonstrate that they have the required level of LLN skills required by the course.
  • The LLN test will be conducted by a suitable Trainer and Assessor
  • Receive a satisfactory result before enrolling in the course.
  • The LLN assessment includes a written test and interview to complete the verbal component of the test.
  • The LLN test assists Yorke Institute to assess whether or not students’ LLN skills are at a level suited to the course requirements. It also assists our trainers to prepare individual learning plans for each successful applicant where skill weaknesses are identified. The RTO will work with successful applicants to ensure their skills are at the required level by the completion of their training.
Applicants must attend a selection interview as part of the enrolment process and demonstrate an interest in, knowledge of, and suitability for work in the childcare industry. This interview will be held face to face in the campus for local domestic or by Skype or other video conference for students who can’t attend due to distance;
Be able to undertake a work placement at a regulated early childhood education and care setting working with children between the ages of 0-6 year.
 Delivery Mode
Blended with online learning and face-to-face practical tasks in a classroom based setting. There is also self-study and completion of a 240 hours work placement at an approved workplace.

Program Units

The Diploma Early Childhood Education and Care requires the completion of 15 Units ( including 12 core and 3 elective units). Yorke Institute has pre-selected the following electives that students will complete. In addition, to achieve this qualification you MUST complete at least 280 hours of work placement as detailed in the assessment requirements of the units of competency

The latest release of the qualification and packaging rules can be found at the following link:

Code Unit Description Core/Elective
Manage team effectiveness
Maintain a safe and healthy environment for children
Foster holistic early childhood learning, development and wellbeing
Nurture creativity in children
Facilitate compliance in a children’s education and care service
Foster positive and respectful interactions and behaviour in children
Implement strategies for the inclusion of all children
Analyse information to inform children’s learning
Plan and implement children’s education and care curriculum
Embed environmental responsibility in service operations
Work in partnership with children’s families
Reflect on and improve own professional practice
Lead the work team
Analyse information to inform learning
Work in partnership with families to provide appropriate education and care for children
Foster the holistic development and wellbeing of the child in early childhood
Nurture creativity in children
Facilitate compliance in an education and care service
Establish and implement plans for developing cooperative behaviour
Implement strategies for the inclusion of all children
Promote children’s agency
Design and implement the curriculum to foster children’s learning and development
Embed sustainable practices in service operations
Develop and implement policy
Build and sustain an innovative work environment
Lead the work team
Manage and promote diversity
Research and apply evidence to practice
28 units. Detailed until descriptions are available on

Placement Partnership

Course Content

Time: 10 weeks

Curriculum is empty


What are the job prospects after finishing the courses
After finishing the Diploma course you could work in a range of roles including :
    • Director or Centre Manager or Children’s Service Area Manager,
Group/team coordinator/leader (children’s services)
Program leader (children’s services)
Authorised supervisor (children’s services)
  • Children’s adviser
You could work in the following roles:
  • Pre-school programs
  • Family Day Care Centre supervisor;
  • Playgroup Supervisor
What are my study pathways after completing the Diploma course?
You could complete the CHC62015 Advanced Diploma of Community Sector Management and the Bachelor of Early Childhood Education after completing the Diploma program
I have completed Certificate III in ECEC. Will I be able to complete the Diploma in a shorter period of time?
Yes, there are many units in Certificate III that cross over to the Diploma courses. Therefore you will be entitled to a credit transfer for those units. The Diploma course alone can take up to more than one year or approximately the units in Certificate III ECEC.
What are the requirements for placement?
Placement is an exciting opportunity for students to apply their practical and theoretical knowledge learnt in class in a real work environment . But it’s important for students to be fully prepared and respect the placement provider’s policies and the needs of residents. Prior to commencing your placement, you would be required to demonstrate competency in units that cover WHS, communication, working in diverse environments, etc. A Police Check and Work with Children(WWC) must be provided to your trainer before you commence your placement
Will I get help in finding placements?
Yorke is committed to finding you placement with our own partner providers so you can finish your course. However if you have a preference to work with a particular childcare centre, you must provide us with the details of the supervisor or centre manager so that our Course Coordinator can contact them to secure your placement. Should this be your preference, we would encourage you to start contacting your preferred provider and providing us with the details as soon as you commence your course as placement spots are taken up very quickly.
What are the prerequisites for this course?
There are no prerequisites.
Are there any specific industry /enterprise or licensing requirements for this qualification?
The Australian Children’s Education & Care Quality Authority (ACECQA) is an independent national authority whose role is to educate and inform the wider community about the importance of improving outcomes in children’s education and care. ACECQA guides the implementation of the National Quality Framework for Early Childhood Education and Care nationally and ensures consistency in delivery.The National Quality Framework (NQF) sets out minimum qualification requirements for educators working in children’s education and care services. ACECQA lists the approved qualification for Diploma level. From 1 January 2014 in all state and territories, for birth to pre-school ages, 50 percent of educators required to meet the relevant ratios in the service must have, or be actively working towards, at least an approved diploma level education and care qualification.



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