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CHC50121 – Diploma of
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CHC50121 - Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care


The CHC50121 – Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care qualification is suited to the role of childhood educators who are responsible for designing and implementing curriculum in early childhood education and care services. You will be required to implement an approved learning framework within the requirements of the Education and Care Services National Regulations and the National Quality Standards.

This course teaches you the skills and knowledge to provide appropriate education and care to children. You may choose to work under direct supervision or autonomously and may also be required to supervise others. Students who have successfully completed Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care will receive advance standing for this course.

Study to become an early childhood educator, centre director, kindergarten teacher, family day care provider, or nanny to accomplish your dream.

Course Fees for Full Fee-Paying Students


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Course Details

CHC50121 - Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care
Duration  : 52 weeks
Amount of Training :  1250 Hours
AQF Level : 5
Course Delivery :  Blended
Campuses :  Melbourne, Sydney, Perth, Brisbane
Organisation delivering the program :Institute of Health and Nursing Australia (RTO ID: 21985)
Organisation issuing certification :Institute of Health and Nursing Australia (RTO ID: 21985)
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Victorian Funding

“This training is delivered with Victorian and Commonwealth Government Funding”

Smart and Skilled Funding

“This Training is subsidised by the NSW Government”

  • 52 Weeks full time
  • Amount of Training is 1250 Hours
  • Online Blended and on-campus
  • Available to domestic students

15 units of competency are required for this qualification.

  • 12 core units
  • 3 elective units


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


CHCECE057 Use collaborative practices to uphold child protection principles
CHCMGT003 Lead the teamwork
BSBHRM413 Support the learning and development of teams and individuals

Pathways from this Course:

Bachelor of Arts (Pathway to Teaching Birth – 5/Birth – 12yrs)

  • Associate Diploma in Early Childhood Education and Care
  • Bachelor of Education in Early Childhood
  • Bachelor of Teaching in Early Childhood or Primary School Teaching

Occupational titles may include:

  • Support the learning and development of teams and individuals
  • Children’s Services Assistant Manager
  • Early Childhood Educator
  • Family Day Care Educator
  • Nanny
  • Playgroup Supervisor
  • Preschool Educator
  • Educational Leader
  • Outside School Hours Care Co-ordinator/ supervisor

The total tuition cost for domestic students for the CHC50121 – Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care:

State Funding
Victoria If the student is eligible for Government funding, student pays: $0*
Western Australia Check with us for Domestic scholarship**
New South Wales Government funding is available to eligible students

*This training is delivered with Victorian and Commonwealth Government Funding

**To know more about the VET Student Loan, click here.

To know more about the IHNA Fees & Charges, click here.

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Students are required to attend 24 contact hours per week physically at the campus and professional experience placements.


24 contact hours per week will be delivered through synchronised Online learning which includes on- campus simulation based training and Professional experience placement.

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.
  • has successful completion of an ACSF test with demonstrated competence as per IHNA LLN requirements (issued within the last 12 months from the time of admission), which is Successful completion of the language, literacy, and numeracy (LLN) test the competence level as exit level 3 in the Australian Core Skills Framework (ACSF) in both reading and numeracy.
  • possess basic computer skills

Additional Requirement for professional experience placement (PEP)

  • A satisfactory National Police Clearance / Australian Federal Police Clearance Certificate (AFP) / NCC will be required for all practical placements.
  • Working with children check (WCC)
  • IHNA highly recommends students to complete the immunisation process before the Professional Experience Placement start date as some facilities will not provide placement to student without Immunisation. Applicable immunisation certification such as COVID-19 Certificate.

The course is assessed using the following 3 methods.

  • Questions
  • Projects
  • Simulations

The questions or knowledge-based assessments are made up of a series of relevant short to medium length questions and multiple-choice options for learners to respond.

The projects assessments require learners to respond to relevant scenarios, case studies and tasks. These can include, writing short or medium length reports or proposals. Analysing data and preparing reports. Templates are provided to assist learners to write policies and produces. Composing appropriate business style emails, preparing notes for meetings, presentations and reflecting on the learning.

The simulation assessments are supervised, in-class or online (real time) simulated activities consisting of various methods. They may include the following: Group and individual projects, role plays, individual and group activities including presentations.

With RPL we assess your competency based on formal, non-formal, informal learning or direct work experience based on the required skills of the course.

We use CT where you’ve completed units of study at another TAFE College or Registered Training Organisation that meet the requirements of another course. We grant credit according to the Certification, Issuing, and Recognition of Qualifications and Statements of Attainment. Assessing a CT is free.

If you’re eligible for RPL or CT you may be able to complete the course in a shorter duration with reduction to total course fees. Check your eligibility with us.

What is a L – Portfolio?

L – Portfolio is a collection of work, skills and interests (evidence) in an electronic format that showcases learning and experience over time.When you think about your L-Portfolio and the types of evidence that it contains, it is important to think carefully about its purpose and intended audience.

Your L-Portfolio may contain all or some of the following:

  • Files of various formats (text, pictures, video, etc.)
  • Evidence related to courses taken, programs of study, etc.
  • Writing samples (which might include several drafts to show development and improvement)
  • Projects prepared for class or extracurricular activities
  • Evidence of creativity and performance
  • Evidence of extracurricular or co-curricular activities, including examples of leadership
  • Evaluations, analysis and recommendations

Uses of L-Portfolio

Recognition of Prior Learning application:

Our RPL tool is in the form of an L-Portfolio, and allows students to put on record all their life experiences, interests and skills. Not only will their academic achievement be listed out, but also any life experiences that could potentially be taken into account for extra credit as Recognition of Prior Learning. For instance, an individual who has taken care of his or her bedridden parent has already gained valuable caregiver experience, which could be chalked up against practical expertise and added to their resume.

This L-Portfolio could be sent to employers when applying for work, to universities while applying for extra credits through RPL, or in any other ways to market their expertise.

Showcase/Professional L Portfolios

These L-Portfolios are used as a way to demonstrate (showcase) the highlights of a student’s academic and professional career.

Learning Portfolios

These portfolios are typically created by a student as part of a course as a way to demonstrate learning and the learning process. These portfolios are often shared with other students to elicit peer feedback. Learning portfolios support the idea of formative feedback as an essential part of the learning process.

  1. Application: Submit your online application by clicking “Enrol Now” on the top right corner of the course page.
  2. Interview: Once you’ve met IHNA’s eligibility criteria you will be contacted for an interview with an admissions consultant
  3. Offer Letter: If you’re successful with the interview you will be offered a place for the course as per the availability of each intake.
  4. Enrolment Fee: After signing the offer acceptance an invoice will be issued for the course. You may be eligible for government funding, so please call our team to know more.
  5. Confirmation of Admission: We will issue a conformation of admission once the enrolment fee has been received.

Call us on 1800 22 52 83 for any questions regarding your application.

  • How long it will take to complete this course ?

    Diploma in Early Childhood Education and Care courses is 52 weeks long. But you can fast-track the study.

  • How many days I must visit campus for SBA ?

    One to two weeks per semester

  • Is there any flexibility in attending SBA ?

    It is preferable to attend SBA in a childcare simulated environment.

  • How long it will take to complete the professional placement ?

    280 hours

  • Are the SBA and PEP (Professional Experience Placement) mandatory ?

    Yes, student must finish both SBA and PEP component of the course.

  • How many days I must attend class, if I prefer Blended mode delivery? Is there any flexibility in attending class ?

    If you are preferred Blended mode delivery – 2.5 days of class a week (Online interactive session). 4 hour class a day, Wednesday (Half day) support session.

  • How long it will take to get the certificate ?

    Maximum 30 days as per IHNA policy

  • How many days I must attend class, if I prefer on-campus mode delivery?

    2.5 days of class a week (Time – 8.30 Am to 5.00 Pm) Wednesday (Half day) support session

  • Can I get RPL or credit transfer ?

    Yes, based on prior knowledge and experience you may be eligible for RPL or direct CT.

  • What is the catch-up arrangement in case I miss one or two days of classes in Blended mode/ On-campus delivery ?

    Our trainers are available Monday to Friday, you can contact them via Teams, email or Phone and setup a time that suits trainer as well as yourself and you can have student support/ facilitation session

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