Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care

Core unit components

  • (BSBTWK502) Manage team effectiveness
  • (CHCECE041) Maintain a safe and healthy environment for children
  • (CHCECE042) Foster holistic early childhood learning, development and wellbeing
  • (CHCECE043) Nurture creativity in children
  • (CHCECE044) Facilitate compliance in a children’s education and care service
  • (CHCECE045) Foster positive and respectful interactions and behaviour in children
  • (CHCECE046) Implement strategies for the inclusion of all children
  • (CHCECE047) Analyse information to inform children’s learning
  • (CHCECE048) Plan and implement children’s education and care curriculum
  • (CHCECE049) Embed environmental responsibility in service operations
  • (CHCECE050) Work in partnership with children’s families
  • (CHCPRP003) Reflect on and improve own professional practice

Elective unit components

  • (BSBHRM413) Support the learning and development of teams and individuals
  • (CHCECE057) Use collaborative practices to uphold child protection principles
  • (CHCMGT003) Lead the work team

Course Overview

Do you want to take your career to the next level? The CHC50121 Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care course provides you with the knowledge, skills and qualification to work with children in a variety of roles and settings such as preschools, long day care services, child care centres and family day care.

This course will provide you with an in-depth understanding of how a child’s mind and body works and the developmental milestones a child typically reaches.

It also provides you with all the information you need to know to work in the early childhood industry in Australia, including first aid, health and safety, Australian law, regulations and the peak government agencies you will work alongside as a Diploma graduate. The diploma course also provides you with the advanced skills to develop and maintain excellent partnerships with the families and children in your care.

Macquarie Community College operates from a range of venues across Northern and Western Sydney. We have campuses in Blacktown, Carlingford, Chatswood, Epping, Mt Druitt, Richmond,Ryde and distance learning (Zoom) Enrol now!

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What you will learn

Course outline

In this course, you will learn:

  • Health and safety
  • Legal and ethical frameworks
  • Child protection
  • Child development
  • First aid
  • How to document children’s learning
  • Healthy food and drink for children
  • How to support children’s learning and play
  • How to build relationships with children and families
  • Inclusive practices
  • Sustainability in early childhood
  • How to assist children’s behaviour

Course outcome

At the end of the course, you will be able to confidently care for children aged 0-6 years focusing on the child’s overall health, education and development. You will be able to interact with educators, families and children and to provide support for children and their families as needed.

On successful completion of the course you will be issued with a CHC50121 Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care where competency has been achieved.

What is involved

Time commitment

The completion time for the CHC50121 Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care and Care may vary according to the educational background and any relevant experience of the student.

The student will be expected to complete approximately 30 hours of study per week (full time or the equivalent part time) consisting of face-to-face classes or online Zoom training and at home study.

Students are required to complete 280 hours of work placement in a regulated children's education and care facility in Australia.


Assessment (including recognition of prior learning) must:

  • Meet the requirements of the relevant training package or accredited course, and
  • Be conducted in accordance with the principles of assessment and the rules of evidence, and
  • Meet workplace and, where relevant, regulatory requirements.

For this course assessment will entail the following:

  • Written assessment and/or verbal assessments;
  • Practical simulation and group role play;
  • Independent and/or group research and class presentation;
  • Work placements practical skills and observation by the assessor.

Work placement

Students are required to complete 280 hours of work placement in a regulated Early Childhood Education and Care facility where you will work as a volunteer student during work-placement.

Please note: The practical workplace component is scheduled at various stages through the course. Before commencing work placement, you will be required to obtain one or all of the following which will be confirmed during the enrolment process and at your course induction. If required Macquarie Community College will assist you with this application process.

  • A current Working with Children’s check (free of charge for volunteers)
  • An up to date vaccination record (any GP or vaccination costs)
  • Suitable work placement clothing is required: i.e. black pants, polo shirt and leather (or leather-like) fully enclosed shoes with non-slip soles.

What you need to know

Entry requirements

Prerequisite: Essential

An appropriate level of language, literacy and numeracy (LLN) skills is required to enrol in this course. Macquarie Community College may conduct an LLN assessment as part of the pre enrolment process.

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

Obtain a Working With Children Check (WWCC)

Provide a NSW Vaccination record

Prerequisite: Desirable

Experience in working in a regulated children's education and care service will be valuable in providing the context for learning in the course. This also allows students the opportunity to implement the skills they gain during the course.

What you need to provide

  • All course material is provided and inclusive with course fees
  • Notepad and pen

For remote learning online Zoom classes students will need a stable internet connection on computer or laptop to participate.

Fees and government subsidies

Smart and Skilled provides government-subsidised training and higher-level courses to help you get skills to find a job and advance your career.
If you're a prospective student, please visit: where you will find everything you need to know about the Smart and Skilled program before you enrol.
*Eligibility criteria apply. This training is subsidised by the NSW Government, and as a result your fee is determined through Training Services NSW formal eligibility criteria.
Students will need to supply the required evidence in accord with the requirements of Smart and Skilled eligibility.
Not eligible for Subsidised Training: $11,470
Contact us today or call on 1300 845 888 to check your eligibility.

What you can do next

Career pathway

Successful completion of CHC50121 Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care can lead to a range of potential career opportunities that are both challenging and rewarding including:

  • Room Leader
  • Early Childhood Educator
  • Family Day Care Educator
  • In Home Care Educator and Nanny

Study pathway

Diploma courses can be a pathway to university. Please check with your preferred university campus to confirm options for entry and advanced standing.

Class details

RTO 90033
Start Date25 July 2024
End Date21 August 2025
Time9.30am - 2.30pm
TutorSarah Hearne
Location Online Zoom Class

Class details

RTO 90033
Start Date17 September 2024
End Date31 October 2025
DaysTue, Thu
TutorAlisha Reavell
Location Online Zoom Class

Fees & Government Subsidies

At Macquarie Community College, we create and provide affordable and inclusive learning opportunities that meet the needs of individuals, organisations and communities.

Given the broad range of accredited and non-accredited programs offered by the College the fees and subsidies will vary depending on the course.

Fee for Service Courses 

Courses available on a fee-for-service basis will have the price clearly indicated within the class details. Additional fee information may also be found in the ‘’what you need to provide’’ section of the course details.

Funded Courses

Macquarie Community College delivers NSW government subsidised training, including training under the Smart and Skilled and Adult and Community Education (ACE) programs.

To access government subsidised training, including fee exemptions or concessions, you must meet the following criteria:

  • aged 15 years or older
  • no longer be at school
  • living or working in NSW
  • Australian OR New Zealand Citizen, Australian Permanent Resident OR a Humanitarian Visa Holder, OR a Partner Visa Holder whose sponsor is a current or past Humanitarian Visa Holder

When you enrol in a NSW government subsidised course you will be required to pay the Smart and Skilled student fee unless you qualify for a fee exemption.

For further information on NSW government subsidies visit the below funding pages.

Adult and Community Education 

Smart and Skilled 


NSW Fee Free Training 

Credit Transfer

Am I Eligible for Credit Transfers?

Credit Transfer (CT) is granted as a result of identifying learning outcomes already achieved through formal training. Credit outcomes may allow for entry into a qualification and/or provide credit towards the qualification. Credit Transfer given may reduce the time required for you to achieve the qualification.

To apply for Credit Transfer you will need to provide original or certified copies of certificates previously attained through formal training prior to completing the enrolment process.

Recognition of Prior Learning

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) is granted as a result of identifying and assessing previous and current informal education and training, work experience and/or life experience and knowledge. Previous learning and the evidence supplied is measured against pre-determined performance standards contained within the Units of Competency.

To apply for recognition of prior learning you should indicate your decision to apply for recognition as soon as possible after enrolment and the induction program.

We will be happy to provide you with an RPL kit after speaking directly with you to ensure you understand the requirements of this process.

Delivery Mode

To meet the needs of our students Macquarie Community College balances delivery and engagement across permanent, regular and temporary delivery sites and offer face-to-face, remote zoom classes and self-paced learning options.

Ways to Study

  • On campus

Our college campus locations are:

    • Blacktown
    • Chatswood
    • Carlingford
    • Epping
    • Ryde
    • Mt Druitt
  • Virtual classroom
  • Complete workplace training
  • Combine ways to study


How you got questions? Please see our comprehensive FAQ page for everything you need to know about Macquarie Community College, our policies, student support, application and enrolment procedures.

How to Apply

Step 1 - Apply

  • Select your preferred course and class
  • Review course and fee subsidy requirements to check your eligibility
  • If you need help contact us via livechat or via contact us form
  • Click Apply now

Step 2 - Assessment / Enrolment

  • We will assess your application and make contact within 2 business days
  • You will be asked to complete a language, literacy & numeracy assessment
  • Complete enrolment form
  • Provide all required evidence and/or documents

Step 3 - Start Learning

Following submitting your enrolment form and documents you will receive:

  • An enrolment confirmation
  • Tax invoice / payment plan details (if relevant)
  • A course reminder prior to your classes starting
  • A Zoom link (Online Zoom classes only)
  • A student login to your learning portal if relevant