Stanley College
Stanley College

CHC50121 Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care

Course Overview

This qualification reflects the role of educators in early childhood education and care who work in regulated children’s education and care services in Australia. Educators at this level are responsible for designing and implementing curriculum that meets the requirements of an approved learning framework and for maintaining compliance in other areas of service operations. They use specialised knowledge and analyse and apply theoretical concepts to diverse work situations. They may have responsibility for supervision of volunteers or other educators. Early childhood educators work in long day care centres, family day care, pre-schools or kindergartens.

  • Duration:
    52 weeks including 12 weeks of holidays

    • Work Based Training of 12 weeks @ 24 hours per week (total=288 hours).

  • Tuition Fee:

    • International Students:
      $9,800 + Materials Fee $680*
    • Easy payment plans available.

  • Mode of Study:
    The delivery methods for this course include:

    • Face-to-Face Classroom-Based Learning
    • Distance Learning and Assessment (Online)
    • Structured Learning Activities
    • Work-Based Training

  • Intake Dates:

    • 2024: 15 Jan, 19 Feb, 18 Mar, 22 Apr, 20 May, 1 Jul, 29 Jul, 2 Sep, 30 Sep, 4 Nov, 2 Dec

    • 2025: 3 Feb, 3 Mar, 7 Apr, 5 May, 9 Jun, 7 Jul, 18 Aug, 15 Sep, 20 Oct, 17 Nov

  • Location:

  • CRICOS Code:

  • Duration:
    36 weeks (this course includes no holidays)#

    • Work Based Training of 8 weeks @ 38 hours per week (total=304 hours).

  • Tuition Fee:

    • Domestic Students:
      $6,600 + Material Fee $680*
    • Government Funding Available for eligible domestic students

  • Mode of Study:
    The delivery methods for this course include:

    • Face-to-Face Classroom-Based Learning
    • Distance Learning and Assessment (Online)
    • Structured Learning Activities
    • Work-Based Training

  • Intake Dates:

    • 2024: 15 Jan, 19 Feb, 18 Mar, 22 Apr, 20 May, 1 Jul, 29 Jul, 2 Sep, 30 Sep, 4 Nov, 2 Dec

    • 2025: 3 Feb, 3 Mar, 7 Apr, 5 May, 9 Jun, 7 Jul, 18 Aug, 15 Sep, 20 Oct, 17 Nov

  • Location:

  • CRICOS Code:

Classes are rostered for 3 days per week + Self-study component.
Full-Time studies require students to attend a minimum of 20 scheduled course contact hours per week.
#Note: Course duration does not include any holidays, where your schedule includes a term break/holiday, this time will be added to your overall course duration.

Funding is available for Domestic Students ONLY under the Jobs and Skills WA Program:
Course Fee: $0.00

For more information on Funded Courses, including Entry Requirements and Resources Fees click here

^ The Student tuition fees are indicative only and are subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment. Additional fees may apply such as resource fees and other fees. These must be charged in accordance with the Fees and Charges Policy. Eligibility criteria apply. Prices as per the VET Fees and Charges Policy 2024.

VET Student Loans – Stanley College offers this course (Intensive Pathway ONLY for Domestic Students) under the VET Student Loans framework. Students must be aware that VET Student Loans will not be approved for students who do not meet eligibility requirements and that a VET student loan gives rise to a VETSL debt that continues to be a debt due to the Commonwealth until it is repaid. For further information please see the following web-page:

*The Materials Fee covers equipment and resources used in the delivery of your course at Stanley College.

Please familiarise yourself with the applicable Stanley College Refund and Cancellation Policy:
International Student Refund and Cancellation Policy
Local Student Refund and Cancellation Policy

Course Entry Requirements

  • Completion of Australian Year 12 or equivalent

Upper-Intermediate Level of English
IELTS Test Score of 5.5
Other recognised English Language tests such as:

  • TOEFL iBT: 46-59
  • PTE Academic: 42
  • Cambridge English: 162
  • OET: C Grade
  • Duolingo English Test: 85-90
  • CEFR Levels / Oxford Test: B2

Completion of Australian qualifications, evidence of certificate III level (minimum duration 26 weeks) or above

Other Requirements

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.

Recognition of Prior Learning

Recognition is available (on application) to students with prior skills, experience, knowledge or qualifications obtained from formal studies or training, in a related area. Recognition may reduce the duration of your studies.

Job Outlook

This qualification suits students seeking a career in the following job roles:

  • Centre Manager
  • OSHC Coordinator

Work Based Training

During Work-Based Training, you will be able to practice your skills and knowledge in real workplace settings. This will assist you to be job-ready> at graduation. Stanley College has entered into Work-Based Training agreements with a number of employers.

All Work-Based Training placements are organised by Stanley College’s Employment Liaison Team in consultation with students.

Students undertaking this course must be able to obtain the following, to complete the Work-Based Training component of this course:

  • Current Working with Children Check (WWCC)
  • National Police Clearance (WA)*

All fees/charges associated with the additional documentation listed above are not included in course tuition fees and payment is the responsibility of the student.

*Please note – To be employed in the Early Childhood Education industry, a National Police Clearance (NPC) is not required. However, some Work-Based Training employers may require that you obtain one prior to commencing your Work-Based Training. National Police Certificate (NPC) contains a list of a person’s disclosable court outcomes and pending charges from all Australian police jurisdictions. This includes traffic and non-police prosecuted matters. Where a student has ‘disclosable outcomes or pending charges’ then this may impact Stanley College being able to successfully place them with a Work-Based Training Host Employer, which may impact students being able to successfully complete their studies.

>completing a course at Stanley College, does not guarantee a migration outcome. If you decide you want to undertake further study or work in Australia, on graduation, you will need to check whether your visa allows this or whether you need to apply for a new visa by referring to for more information.

Course Content

Students must successfully complete the following units:

Unit code Unit title
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
CHCINM002 Meet community information needs
CHCECE053 Respond to grievances and complaints about the service
HLTWHS003 Maintain work health and safety

Training and Assessment

For further information on where this qualification is trained/assessed and the types of assessment methods used, please click here

Government Funding

For Domestic Students
Domestic students may be entitled to Youth Allowance, Austudy/Abstudy or the Pensioner Education Supplement. For enquiries, please contact Centrelink on 132 490.

Other Expenses

For other fees and expenses including Administration Fee, Health Cover, Recognition of Prior Learning, Late and Reassessment Fees click here

Further Studies

On completion of the CHC50121 Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care, students may pursue a bachelors degree at Stanley College or selected Bachelor courses at Universities.

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