Diploma Of Early Childhood Education and Care

Course Duration

Course Duration

52 Weeks

Campus Location

Suite 13 & 14,
100 George Street ,
Windsor NSW 2756

Nationally Recognised Training

Nationally Recognised

Study Mode - Classroom

Study Mode

Blended Learning (Classroom and Online) + Work Placement

  • Qualification Description
  • Career Pathways from the Qualification
  • Entry Requirements
  • Packaging Rules
  • Prerequisites
  • Course Duration
  • Delivery Method
  • Course Location
  • Placement Arrangements
  • Course Credit
  • Recognition of prior learning (RPL)
  • Education Pathway
  • Fees and Charges
  • Payment Method
  • How to Apply


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 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 supervision of volunteers or other educators.

Early childhood educators work in long day care centers, family day care, pre-schools or kindergartens.

To achieve this qualification at New Era Institute (NEI), students are required to complete a total of 280 hours of work in a regulated children’s education and care service in Australia as detailed in the Assessment Requirements of units of competency.

More information can be found at https://training.gov.au/Training/Details/CHC50121

Under the Education and Care Services National Law (2011) the Australian Children’s Education and Care Quality Authority (ACECQA) publishes lists of approved early childhood education and care qualifications and information regarding regulatory requirements here: www.acecqa.gov.au


Possible career paths include:

Successful completion of the CHC30121 Cert III in Early Childhood Education and Care can lead to a range of potential career opportunities including Early Childhood Educator, Room leader, Nominated supervisor/Second in charge and Service Director/Centre Director.


Have attained the age  of 18 years or over

    • Demonstrate good command of written and spoken English
    • Verified evidence of IELTS Level 5.5 (no band less than 5.0) or equivalent
    • Have completed an equivalent secondary schooling level of a Higher School Certificate (year 12 in Australian schools) or can demonstrate suitable work or life experience
    • Meet the Student Visa (Sub-class 500) requirements


Total number of units = 15

    • 12 core units
    • 3 elective units

Core Units

    • CHCECE030  Support inclusion and diversity
    • CHCECE031  Support children’s health, safety and wellbeing
    • CHCECE032  Nurture babies and toddlers
    • CHCECE033  Develop positive and respectful relationships with children
    • CHCECE034  Use an approved learning framework to guide practice
    • CHCECE035  Support the holistic learning and development of children
    • CHCECE036  Provide experiences to support children’s play and learning
    • CHCECE037  Support children to connect with the natural environment
    • CHCECE038  Observe children to inform practice
    • CHCECE054  Encourage understanding of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people's cultures
    • CHCECE055  Meet legal and ethical obligations in children’s education and care
    • CHCECE056  Work effectively in children’s education and care
    • CHCPRT001  Identify and respond to children and young people at risk
    • HLTAID012  Provide First Aid in an education and care setting
    • HLTWHS001  Participate in workplace health and safety

Elective Units

    • BSBPEF502  Develop and use emotional intelligence
    • CHCDIV003  Manage and promote diversity
    • CHCMGT003  Lead the work team


Entry to this qualification is open to individuals who: Hold a CHC30121 Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care or CHC30113 Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care.


52 weeks comprising of 40 scheduled tuition weeks (including 12 weeks of work placement) and 12 weeks of holidays.


20 hours per week of classroom-based learning, 288 hours of Work Placement hours and each week of the course has approximately 10 hours of self-study time.


This course is delivered in our classrooms and simulated room at Suite 13 & 14, 100 George Street Windsor NSW 2756. Our facilities include classrooms with data projectors and whiteboards, a simulated childcare facility with cots, high chairs, children's play area, changing table, and dolls, private study space, and Wi-fi capability. All practical placement is conducted in approved placement facilities.


Students will complete 288 hours of work placement. Placements will be in an accredited childcare facility. New Era Institute (NEI) has agreements with workplaces to provide suitable placements for students. Students are encouraged to look for their childcare centers to complete their practical. Students who need help, they may contact student support.

Classroom Training
The course will be delivered in the classroom for theory-based learning giving students the opportunity to share ideas, discuss and explore core concepts and the practice skills before applying them in their work placement.

Training will be delivered 2 days per week (15 hours in class) and 5 hours online.

Students will have access to New Era Institute facilities when they are not attending placement to conduct self-study or research and or complete assessment tasks. During training sessions students will also have access to the simulation room to learn and practice skills such as performing activities of daily living tasks for their clients, using equipment such as cots, high chairs, children's play area, changing table, and dolls before placement begins.

Work Placement
Students will complete 288 hours of work placement in total.

Work placement is designed to:

    • Gain invaluable experience in a real work environment
    • Complete and receive feedback on practical work
    • Develop an understanding of workplace expectations and practices
    • Observe experienced staff completing tasks
    • Develop an understanding of workplace policies and procedures
    • Form networks that may assist with future job opportunities

Assessment Arrangements
Assessment will be conducted individually. Access to the e-Learning portal (Moodle) will be given to students to assist them in their learning journey. You will be provided with a Student Assessment Booklet for each unit of competency which includes:

    • A full description of all assessment tasks for the unit of competency
    • Assessment instructions for each unit of competency
    • Assessment resources for each unit of competency
    • Details about when assessment will occur
    • Details about assessment submission

There are a variety of assessment methods used for this qualification including:

    • Written questions and tests
    • Practical demonstrations
    • Direct Observation
    • Case studies,
    • Projects
    • Logbook and Third-Party Reports

Students are required to have their own reliable electronic devices (e.g. iPad, laptop, notebook or desktop computer) with MS office package installed (e.g. Word, Excel and PowerPoint) and broadband internet connection to study and complete this course. Students who need help and more information may contact student support.

Computer lab is accessible during business hours to all students with a free Wi-Fi at New Era Institute campus. Printing and scanning facilities are also available using NEI student card.


New Era Institute can grant you credit towards your course for units of competency that you have already completed with another RTO or authorised issuing organisation. There is no charge to apply for Credit. To apply, fill in the Credit Application Form and submit it as part of your enrolment.

*Please refer to your Student Handbook for more information on Course Credit.


Recognition of Prior Learning [RPL] is a process where skills and knowledge that you have gained through work and life experience and other unrecognised training can be formally recognised. *Please refer to your student Handbook or more information on RPL.


Students who complete this course may wish to continue their education into courses such as Bachelor of Early Education [Early Childhood].


International students

For more information about the tuition fees and other charges, please click on Fees and Charges.


    • Online - Click here to PAY NOW by credit card (A processing fee of 1.75% applies)
    • By Electronic Fund Transfer (Preferred) or direct bank deposit to the nominated bank account stated on the student’s Letter of offer.


If you would like to enrol into the CHC50121 Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care, please complete the enrolment form (available on our website or email your request). You may contact our office on +61 2 89 646 457 or via email admissions@newerainstitute.edu.au

This course is available to international students who are able to provide the requirements stated on the enrolment form:

Minimum requirements:

    • Are over the age of 18
    • a valid IELTS score of 5.5 with no score below 5.0 in any band, or equivalent(refer to www.homeaffairs.gov.au/trav/stud/more/student-visa-english-language-requirements)
    • Have completed Year 12 or an equivalent secondary schooling level of a Higher School Certificate or can demonstrate suitable work or life experience
    • A valid passport
    • Have completed Year 12 or an equivalent secondary schooling level of a Higher School Certificate or can demonstrate suitable work or life experience
    • A valid passport
    • have successfully completed their Year 12 or equivalent in English Language
    • Certified copies of Academic Transcripts and Certificates

Additional Work Placement requirements:

    • Possess a Police check (which is required for placement).
    • Have a Working With Children Check (WWCC)
    • Have a reasonable level of fitness to complete manual and physically demanding tasks, such as bending, lifting and standing for long periods of time.
    • Updated Vaccination Record

Please refer to the International Student Handbook on www.newerainstitute.edu.au

for information on your rights and responsibilities and services provided by New Era Institute.

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