CHC50121 Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care

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

Tuition: per semester AU$9,085

Footscray Nicholson, Industry, St Albans, Sunshine, Werribee
02 March 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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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.

Fees & scholarships

As an international student at Victoria University (VU), you will be required to pay your tuition fees up front each semester.

There may also be additional materials fees throughout your studies, depending on your chosen course, as well as an administrative fee as part of your course.

Victoria University is proud to support our international scholarship recipients and sponsored students.




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.