Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care

Course Code: CHC50121

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Diploma Certificate




18-24 months


Must hold the CHC30121 or CHC30113 Certificate 111 in Early Childhood Education and Care

Course Fee


You may be eligible to receive this course fee free through NSW Smart and Skilled Fee Free funding. Please see information below, hop in here Skills NSW – Explore Fee Free training or reach out to us for details regarding course fees.

Course Details

When you know that you’re on the path to a career within childcare, this is the course to give you the strongest foundation. It brings in all of the elements of a Certificate to help you inspire and encourage children’s educational development, plus additional learning on leadership and management.

The Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care (CHC50121) prepares students for the role of educator in a range of early childhood education settings, operating under the national and state legislative guidelines and regulations provided for education and care services. Educators help support the implementation of an approved learning framework to facilitate children’s wellbeing, learning, and development.

This is a nationally recognised qualification from the Community Services Training Package. It is a prerequisite for educators who wish to equip themselves for leadership and management positions within the early childhood sector, such as:

  • room leader
  • family day care service coordinator, and
  • centre director

The Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care (CHC50121) contains 15 units studied over a maximum period of 24 months. Students are provided with textbooks, online resources and on-going student support from qualified trainers and assessors experienced in the early childhood field. Students are required to complete 280 hours of practical experience in a registered early childhood education and care facility.

PEAK training offers this course online.

Smart and Skilled Funding

NSW Government Smart and Skilled funding is available for eligible students to study the Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care (CHC30121) and the Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care (CHC50121) delivered by PEAK Training.

Are you:

– 15 years old or over?

– no longer at school?

– living or working in NSW?

– an Australian citizen, Australian permanent resident, humanitarian visa holder or New Zealand citizen?

If you answered ‘Yes’ to all four questions, then you’re eligible to enrol in our government-subsidised courses.

For more information, hop into the NSW Smart and Skilled website Skills NSW – Explore Fee Free training.


Credit Transfer

PEAK Training recognises all Australian Qualifications Framework accreditations and Statements of Attainment issued by other Registered Training Organisations.

Recognition of prior learning may also be undertaken. Learners need to gather evidence of their prior learning and experience to enable PEAK Training to assess their compatibility with the current educational requirements.

Unique Student Identifier

Every student with PEAK Training will need to create a Unique Student Identifier (USI). Or if you already have one, let us know on your enrolment form.

Your USI will help keep your training records and results together in an online account controlled by you. By having a USI you will be able to access your training records and results (or transcript) whenever you need them. For example for a new employer. Your USI can be accessed online from your computer, tablet or smartphone.

To obtain your USI, please go to www.usi.gov.au and create an account.