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CHC50121 Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care

National ID: CHC50121 State ID: BGY6
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A fulfilling career helping children grow and develop

This diploma will provide you with the skills and knowledge to manage the operation of a child care service where you would be responsible for planning, implementing and managing programs in early childhood services (0-5 years), in accordance with licensing, accreditation and duty of care requirements. You would also supervise staff and volunteers.

During this course you will learn to provide care and meet the social, emotional, physical and educational needs of infants and young children in various care settings.

As part of this qualification you will undertake ongoing work placement where you will be able to apply the skills and knowledge you have learned. You will work closely with children from different backgrounds and cultures and provide care and support for them.

In most states this is the highest qualification required at director or service manager level for children's service centre based care and education.

Over 90% of our graduates gain employment on completion of their studies.

If you are or have been, working in the Early Childhood Education industry you may be able to gain full or partial qualification and achieve your Diploma in a shorter period of time through Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL), see the Important Information tab below for more details.

  • Skills in managing or leading a team
  • Ethical work practices and legal requirements of the industry
  • Advanced skills in:
    • Care routines
    • Working with families
    • Observing and recording children's behaviour
    • Working with culturally diverse clients
    • Managing safety in the workplace

I have the following attributes:

  • Enjoy working with children and able to relate to them and their parents
  • Enthusiastic, tactful, patient and a sense of humor
  • Calm, alert, observant and active
  • Able to use judgment and initiative and work as part of a team
  • Good fitness level to be able to lift children and child care equipment

Follow the link to find further information to help you make an informed choice about the suitability of this course.

Free in 2023

This course will be FREE from 1 January 2023. The course fees are 100 per cent subsidised by the WA State Government.

Some eligibility conditions apply for the free training, and other fees may apply for some courses. Please see the FAQs on our Free in '23  page for further information.

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.

You'll be able to access your personal timetable (find out how here), once you have paid your fees. In the meantime the information below provides an indication of the time commitment required to complete this course, depending on your study option.

Online delivery

Online delivery is part-time, self-paced with scheduled assessment submission dates.
Some on campus simulated assessments will also form part of your training. The timetable for these will be available at the beginning of each semester.

At-home study

As well as the in-class component, you will need to complete approximately 10 hours of additional study each week outside of class hours, including private study, assignment preparation, and research. You will need to have the basic technical requirements for at-home study. If you don’t have access to a computer and WiFi at home, we recommend using our library computers during library hours.

This timetable information is indicative only and subject to change.

280 hours of work placement is mandatory for completion of this course. NMTAFE will arrange a suitable work placement within industry for you. Before attending work placement you will be required to obtain: 

  • Working with Children Check (WWCC)

The RPL process is used to assess and evaluate a person’s skills, knowledge and experience gained through work skills and exposure in industry, paid or unpaid experience and other community experience to meet industry standards. 

If you have been working in the Early Childhood Education industry you may be able to lighten your study and financial load and achieve your qualification/Diploma in a shorter period of time.

Be recognised for your on the job learning and receive ongoing support and mentoring from lecturers to navigate the RPL process. Contact us to explore what credit you may be able to receive for work and on the job learning. 

Study outside of class hours, including private study, assignment preparation, and research will be required to successfully complete your course.

Bring your own device (BYOD) is encouraged but not essential.
If you don’t have access to a computer and WiFi at home, we recommend using our library computers during library hours.

As a student you will also have additional costs associated with your study, for example text books and stationery, printing and other materials required for your assignments.

Additional costs

Online study will require you to purchase additional resources at an approximate cost of $100.00.

Other job titles may include:

  • Crèche Supervisor
  • Child Care Supervisor
  • Playgroup Leader

Please note this list should be used as a guide only as job titles and qualification requirements may vary between organisations. 

Visit one of our four Jobs and Skills Centres located at NMT's Balga, Joondalup, Midland and Perth campuses for free career planning advice and job search support.

Study options and next steps

Click on your preferred option below to get started with your application.

Continuous enrolment, 2023

Details
Duration 2 Years
When Continuous enrolment, 2023
Where Leederville
How Traineeship
Course fee
Tuition fee* Resource fee Total fee
General $0.00 $0.00 $0.00

*Fee disclaimers

The fees quoted are estimates only and are for the entire course for students enrolling on a full-time basis in 2023. Please view the full list of Fee disclaimers.

Please note fees listed include all units required to gain this qualification.  If you're a continuing student and have successfully completed a lower-level qualification that is a prerequisite for this course, you'll only pay for the units that you need to enrol in, to complete this course.

Enquiries regarding fees can be made by calling us.

T 1300 300 822

Semester 1, 2023

Details
Duration 2 Semesters
When Semester 1, 2023
Where Leederville
How On campus
Course fee
Tuition fee* Resource fee Total fee
General $0.00 $245.00 $245.00

*Fee disclaimers

The fees quoted are estimates only and are for the entire course for students enrolling on a full-time basis in 2023. Please view the full list of Fee disclaimers.

Please note fees listed include all units required to gain this qualification.  If you're a continuing student and have successfully completed a lower-level qualification that is a prerequisite for this course, you'll only pay for the units that you need to enrol in, to complete this course.

Enquiries regarding fees can be made by calling us.

T 1300 300 822

Details
Duration 4 Semesters
When Semester 1, 2023
Where Leederville
How Online
Course fee
Tuition fee* Resource fee Total fee
General $0.00 $35.00 $35.00

*Fee disclaimers

The fees quoted are estimates only and are for the entire course for students enrolling on a full-time basis in 2023. Please view the full list of Fee disclaimers.

Please note fees listed include all units required to gain this qualification.  If you're a continuing student and have successfully completed a lower-level qualification that is a prerequisite for this course, you'll only pay for the units that you need to enrol in, to complete this course.

Enquiries regarding fees can be made by calling us.

T 1300 300 822

Semester 2, 2022

Details
Duration 4 Semesters
When Semester 2, 2022
Where Leederville
How On campus
Course fee
Tuition fee* Resource fee Total fee
General $1,887.30 $115.00 $2,002.30

*Fee disclaimers

The fees quoted are estimates only and are for the entire course for students enrolling on a full-time basis in 2023. Please view the full list of Fee disclaimers.

Please note fees listed include all units required to gain this qualification.  If you're a continuing student and have successfully completed a lower-level qualification that is a prerequisite for this course, you'll only pay for the units that you need to enrol in, to complete this course.

Enquiries regarding fees can be made by calling us.

T 1300 300 822

Details
Duration 2 Years
When Semester 2, 2022
Where Leederville
How Traineeship
Course fee
Tuition fee* Resource fee Total fee
General $1,887.30 $20.00 $1,907.30

*Fee disclaimers

The fees quoted are estimates only and are for the entire course for students enrolling on a full-time basis in 2023. Please view the full list of Fee disclaimers.

Please note fees listed include all units required to gain this qualification.  If you're a continuing student and have successfully completed a lower-level qualification that is a prerequisite for this course, you'll only pay for the units that you need to enrol in, to complete this course.

Enquiries regarding fees can be made by calling us.

T 1300 300 822

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