Course Detail



CHC50121 Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care is a perfect course for aspirants who want to advance in their early childhood education career and take on higher levels of responsibility and leadership roles in regulated childcare services.

Qualified and skilled educators in this position are responsible for designing and implementing a curriculum in early childhood education programs that meet the requirements of an approved learning framework and for maintaining compliance in different areas of service operations.

Learn from our experts to gain a complete understanding and enhance your knowledge, skills, and aptitude in providing care to children, with an emphasis on play-based learning and supporting children to accomplish developmental outcomes. A Diploma further allows you to implement, and manage education and care programs, build a positive culture, supervise staff and volunteers, and lead teams in the workplace. You’ll develop the skills required to nurture creativity in children, work in partnership with children’s families, and much more.

Licensing/Regulatory Information

No occupational licensing, certification or specific legislative requirements apply to this qualification at the time of publication.

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.

Course entry and English language requirements:

  • Applicant must be 18 years of age or older.
  • Successful completion of an Australian Year 12 or equivalent.
  • IELTS band 6.0 or equivalent.

Applicant does not need to provide evidence of English language proficiency if one of the following applies:

  • Applicant is a citizen and hold a passport from UK, USA, Canada, NZ or Republic of Ireland.
  • Applicant is a Foreign Affairs or, Defence sponsored student or a Secondary Exchange student (AASES).
  • Applicant is enrolled in a principal course of study that is a registered school course, a standalone English Language Intensive Course for Overseas Students (ELICOS), a course registered to be delivered in a language other than English, or a registered post-graduate research course.
  • Applicant has completed at least 5 years’ study in English in one or more of the following countries: Australia, UK, USA, Canada, New Zealand, South Africa, or the Republic of Ireland.
  • In the 2 years before applying for the student visa, applicant completed, in Australia and in the English language, either the Senior Secondary Certificate of Education or a substantial component of a course leading to a qualification from the Australian Qualifications Framework at the Certificate IV or higher level, while they held a student visa.
  • If an applicant has not undertaken any English Language Proficiency Test like IELTS, PTE, etc and does not meet the exempted criteria given above for English language proficiency, an applicant is required to undertake a Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) test at Riverdale Institute and required to achieve a satisfactory LLN score to gain entry into their course.

Minimum required LLN score for entry into this course:

  • Learning: 4
  • Reading: 4
  • Writing: 4
  • Oral Communication: 4
  • Numeracy: 4

Please note that Riverdale Institute will not enrol an applicant into a course, if an applicant is unable to achieve satisfactory LLN score and that Riverdale Institute deems it is unable to offer sufficient LLN support to an applicant to complete their studies.

Pre-training Review (PTR):

The purpose of conducting the Pre-training review is to:

  • Ascertain an applicant’s aspirations and interests with due consideration to the likely job outcomes from the development of new competencies and skills.
  • Ascertain a suitable, and the most suitable qualification for an applicant to enrol in, based on their existing educational attainment, capabilities, aspirations, and interests and with due consideration to the likely job outcomes from the development of new competencies and skills.
  • Ascertain that the proposed training and assessment strategy and resources used are appropriate for an applicant.
  • Identify and assess the support needs and services like LLN support, personal support, non-academic support etc that an applicant would require during their studies.

PTR will be conducted during the enrolment application process and before admission is finalised using the PTR form. Please refer to Riverdale Institute’s Pre-Training Review Policy and Procedure.

Total number of units: 15

For more information, please refer to

  • 12 core units
Unit Code Unit Name
CHCECE041 Maintain a safe and healthy environment for children
CHCECE050 Work in partnership with children’s families
BSBTWK502 Manage team effectiveness
CHCPRP003 Reflect on and improve own professional practice
CHCECE042 Foster holistic early childhood learning, development and wellbeing
CHCECE047 Analyse information to inform children’s learning
CHCECE048 Plan and implement children’s education and care curriculum
CHCECE043 Nurture creativity in children
CHCECE044 Facilitate compliance in an education and care service
CHCECE049 Embed environmental responsibility in service operations
CHCECE046 Implement strategies for the inclusion of all children
CHCECE045 Foster positive and respectful interactions and behaviour in children
  • 3 Elective units
Unit Code Unit Name
CHCMGT005 Facilitate workplace debriefing and support processes
CHCECE052 Plan service and supports for children and families
CHCECE053 Respond to grievances and complaints about the service

After achieving this qualification, candidates may enrol in a Bachelor of Early Childhood Education (Not offered by Riverdale institute)

Some universities offer degree programs in a related field of study where students may be eligible for some credit after completing the CHC50121 Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care.

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