CHC50121 Diploma of

Early Childhood Education and Care

The CHC50121 Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care is a nationally recognised course that gives you access to up to 144,000 of jobs in Australia.

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CHC30121 Certificate III

Early Childhood Education and Care

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Why Study CHC50121 in Early Childhood Education and Care?

When you study for a CHC50121 Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care with Apex Training Institute, a world of possibility opens up for you, The qualifications can lead you to lucrative occupations, including as:

  • An authorised supervisor (children’s services)
  • A centre manager (for children’s services)
  • A childhood educator
  • A children’s adviser
  • A children’s service director/manager
  • A children’s services coordinator
  • A director (for children’s services)
  • A group/team coordinator/leader (for children’s services)
  • A program leader (children’s services)
  • A child development worker
  • A family daycare owner/director

Although earnings begin lower as you obtain experience, when you attain a role as a Childcare Centre Director, you could expect full-time earnings of approximately $1382 per week before taxes, excluding superannuation.

The Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care is the foundation
course to qualify you for working in childcare directly.

Qualification Pathway

And should you want to obtain further education later on, the CHC50121 Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care will create your pathway for onwards education programs, such as:

Bachelor of Early Childhood Education

Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood)

Bachelor of Early Education and Leadership

No matter where you choose to steer
your career in the future,

the possibilities are
wide open for you.

Enrollment Process

Submit an application

Fill out the online application form.

Wait for your application form to be assessed for viability

If your application is approved, you proceed to the next step; if not, you do not meet the requirements to proceed with your enrolment at Apex Training Institute.

Additionally, there might be some cases where you need to fulfill some requirements before your application can be approved; an Apex team member will advise if this is the case.

Enroll and choose your payment method

Once you have enrolled, you can pay via one of the payment methods available.

Once we have received payments, we will send you your enrollment information and student onboarding information within one business week.


Course overview

The course consists of 15 units of competency:

  • 12 core units
  • 3 elective units
Core Units (12)
Unit Description
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 interaction 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
Electives (3)
Unit Description
Lead the work team
Develop and implement policy
Respond to grievances and complaints about the service
  • Students pursuing study via the Queensland government’s Certificate 3 Guarantee program can only pursue one specialisation and up to thirteen units of competency.
  • Self-funded students can elect to pursue more than one specialisation.

Study CHC50121 Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care Online

You can attain your CHC50121 Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care with Apex Training Institute with a blend of online, in-person, and workplace learning settings.

What are some of the prerequisites you need? As a prerequisite to studying for the diploma, you must have already completed the CHC30121 Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care qualification (also available from Apex). Additionally, you must be able to communicate effectively in English - a quick language and literacy assessment may be conducted as part of the application process. You will also need to acquire a Blue Card in order to work or participate in a work placement in Queensland. For a detailed requirements list regarding work placement, see the relevant section in the student handbook.

With Apex Training Institute, you are offered self-paced learning, meaning that once enrolled, you can complete the course at your own pace - either on a part-time or full-time basis. The course must, however, be completed within 24 months.

With this diploma, you will be qualified to design and implement an early childhood education and care service curriculum - in line with the Education and Care Services National Regulations, and the National Quality Standards.

In most Australian states, the diploma is recognised as the highest qualification needed for a director or service manager of a children’s care centre.

Communicate effectively

You must be able to communicate effectively in an English-speaking workplace.

Get a Working with Children Check

Should you work in an organisation involving children in Queensland, you will
require a Blue Card.

Unique Student Identifier (USI)

Apex requires your Unique Student Identifier (USI) within 14 days of enrolment with
us. And at any stage during your studies, you may also request access to your USI
transcript (per our privacy policies and procedures).

See Student Handbook

To take part in the course, you will need to have access to these resources:

A reliable internet connection

A computer with a functional webcam

Microsoft Office (or Open Office, the free, open-source equivalent)

Zoom webinar software

PDF reading software

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Why Study the CHC50121 Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care with Apex Training Institute?

Apex Training Institute provides the ideal flexible environment for you to attain the CHC50121 Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care with greater ease.

Our well-regarded program enables you to obtain your diploma in a variety of ways.

We have structured our learning program to maximise your convenience, comfort and learning opportunities. You can enjoy the convenience of online learning as well as on-campus lessons and real-world training.

Learning environments:

Our course enables you to study for the CHC50121 Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care in a variety of learning environments:

In-person on campus

Where you can interact with our qualified, industry-experienced trainers.

Online live classes & Online study

Study in the comfort of your own home without the need to travel to campus each time.

Simulated work environment

A great hands-on way to get a feel for what the working environment is really like. Available on-campus at Apex

Actual work environment

This includes 280 hours of vocational placement at an actual child care centre.

Supplementary study materials

Powerpoints and other written supplementary study materials are available to you as part of this course.

And there are plenty of other reasons why studying with Apex Training Institute is beneficial for you.

Importantly, we share your love of children. Like you, we have a genuine passion to encourage their development. But equally, we believe in you. We realise that the CHC50121 Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care that we teach you is a milestone towards your own brighter future.

To make things easier, our program is government funded (for eligible students) and we offer huge discounts for self-funded students. We give assistance to our students through our network of over 20 affiliated industry partners around Australia. Where required, we can help you obtain work placement. In fact, a majority of our students are employed within two months of completing our course.

And you can complete your qualifications at your own pace. Part-time study requires you to dedicate 10-19 hours per week. Full-time study requires 20-40 hours per week. Additionally, you would undertake 280 hours of practical work placement at an actual childcare facility. Effectively, this comprehensive course takes between 1 - 2 years to complete.


Is CHC50121 Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care Government Funded?

If you were wondering if the CHC50121 Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care is government funded, you are correct. This combined online, in-person and hands-on work environment course is funded for eligible students.

The criteria for government funding for this course include being:


At least 15 years of age and no longer attending school

A Queensland resident

An Australian Citizen or Permanent Australian Resident, or a temporary resident with the required visa and work permits (with a view to permanent residency)

Not be enrolled in or hold a certificate IV or higher. This does not include foundation skills training or qualifications obtained at school

For more details, you can view this course fact sheet as it relates to this course, from the Queensland government.

Regardless of your eligibility for government funding, the Apex Training Institute still offers large discounts if you are a self-funded student.


Our Staff At Apex Training Institute: CHC50121 Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care

The professional trainers and administration staff at Apex Training Institute are there to help you whenever you need it. With our well-designed course, we are here to guide you to success.

With our reputable program, you can attain your CHC50121 Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care online, in-person and in a simulated and actual workplace environment.

Rajy Xavier


Rajy Xavier is a dedicated Early Childhood Teacher and ECE trainer and assessor with a wealth of experience spanning over 15 years. With a comprehensive educational background, Rajy holds Certificate 3 in Early Childhood Education, as well as a Diploma and a Graduate Diploma in the field. Complementing this foundation are two master's degrees in Education, specializing in Leadership and Management, as well as Inclusive Education.‍Throughout her career, a passion for nurturing young minds and fostering inclusive learning environments has been evident. With a commitment to professional development and a deep understanding of educational theory and practice, Rajy brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to the Apex training college community.

CHC50121 Diploma of

Early Childhood Education and Care

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It’s never been so convenient or cost-effective to kickstart your new career with a CHC50121 Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care.

Just ask our many happy students.

Take advantage of Apex Training Institute’s affiliation with more than 20 partner organisations around Australia to help boost your employment prospects. This nationally recognised qualification is just what you need to open up excellent career opportunities.

Frequently Asked Questions

Are there assessments or exams in the course? 

When you fill out the application form, you will find the Language Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) test. You may access the application forms any time by going to the Courses page.

What are the requirements needed to qualify for the government funding program?

You must meet or have the following requirements:

  • Proof of DOB
  • Proof of QLD residency (driver's license, house rental contract)
  • A permanent resident visa and medicare
  • should not be previously enrolled in Certificate III, Certificate IV or Diploma courses
  • Concession card (optional)
Will I be assigned a facility for placement?

We have partnered with several facilities to provide the best placement experiences to our students. Students are required to fill out an application form and the facilities then confirm if they are able to accept the student. Apex does not assign a facility to a student but supports and helps them with their application to the facility they want to join. Students are allowed to find placement facilities outside of the ones that Apex has partnered with if there is a specific preference.

What career support do you provide?

Please refer to the course fact sheets on the Resources page.

When can I get my certificate?

Certificates are given out to all students that complete their course work. This includes in class assignments as well as placements. Upon completion, the trainers review all of the assigned work and placement workbooks and if they are satisfactory, a certificate is then issued within 3 weeks of completion.

I have qualifications, training and/or experience in this field. Can I get my previous training or experience credited?

You most certainly can. There are a number of things that can be done to reduce the amount of time and units you need to study, including:

  • Recognition of prior learning - this process recognises previous work experience, previous formal and informal education among other things;
  • Recognition of statements of attainments issued by other RTOs - known as credit transfers; and,
  • Recognition of qualifications issued by other RTOs - also known as credit transfers.

For more information on all these programs, please check out the Student Handbook found on the Resources page.

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