CHC50121 Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care

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VU course code: CHC50121 | CRICOS: 111134G | Level of study: TAFE
1 year full time or longer for part time
Face to Face with eLearning


No tuition fees for eligible students

Footscray Nicholson, Industry, St Albans, Sunshine, Werribee
15 July 2024
01 July 2024


Gain the skills and qualifications to work confidently and effectively in early childhood with a Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care CHC50121 at Victoria University (VU).

Progress your qualifications with this early childhood diploma that gives you guaranteed entry into a bachelor degree at VU.

Build on your passion for play-based learning and gain expertise in providing activities and care for children from birth to six years old. Make a real difference to children’s lives by helping them to achieve important developmental outcomes – and have fun along the way.

In addition to five work placements, this course includes first aid training and lessons in:

  • childhood development (aesthetic, creative, physical)
  • planning for children with additional needs
  • networking and family partnerships
  • children’s health and safety.

You can study this course after completing your Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care (CHC30121 or CHC30113). 

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NRT logoThis course is nationally recognised training.

Entry requirements

When assessing your application, we consider your education, work experience, current skills and personal attributes (where relevant).

Applicants for this course will need to meet the entry criteria outlined below. If you don’t meet the entry criteria, you may be able to gain entry by first completing a different course. We call this a ‘pathway’.

You may also be eligible for ‘Recognition of Prior Learning’, which lets you finish your course more quickly when you have gained some of the skills required from past study or work experience.

Entry criteria

Credit & Entry pathways into this course

Victoria University is committed to providing a transparent admissions process. Find out more about how to apply for our courses, and our commitment to admissions transparency. Meeting the minimum admission criteria does not guarantee entry into this course. Past academic performance may be considered.

Course Structure

To be awarded the CHC50121 Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care, 15 units must be completed consisting of:

* 12 core units, and
* 3 elective units, of which:

- 2 must be selected from the elective units listed below, and;

- up to 1 unit may be selected from any endorsed training package or accredited course relevant to the work outcome.


Fees & Scholarships

TAFE fees vary, depending on how much the government contributes towards course costs (if anything).

Read below to find out about the fee ‘type’, the estimated yearly tuition costs for this course, and the financial support on offer.


Eligible students won’t be required to pay tuition fees for this course.

Free TAFE courses align with skills and jobs that are in high demand in from Victorian employers.




With the introduction of three-year-old kindergarten, jobs in early childhood are booming in Victoria. With the introduction of three-year-old kindergarten, jobs in early childhood are booming in Victoria. 

Take advantage of the opportunity to become one of the more than 11,000 new early childhood teachers and educators the Victorian Government is estimating we will need over the next decade.  

With a Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care, you could advance to roles such as:

  • early childhood coordinator
  • family-daycare coordinator
  • team leader or room leader in a service
  • early-childhood educator
  • playgroup coordinator
  • assistant director of early childhood services
  • early-childhood educator – team leader
  • reliever in early-childhood programs
  • nanny.

Visit the Jobs and Skills Australia website to see the employment growth and average earnings for child carers.