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CHC50121 Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care

Free TAFE Early Childhood Education

Next intake July 2024
Duration Part-time: 18 Months
Traineeship Part-time: 1-4 Years

Course description

If you are ready to take the next step and become a room leader, this course is for you. You will gain the skills and qualifications to confidently and effectively work in the early education sector, allowing you to positively impact our future generations. The program will enable you to develop skills to design, implement and evaluate early childhood education programs whilst caring for and supporting children’s learning in their most formative years.

All applicants must hold the following qualification - CHC30113/CHC30121 – Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care.


Work placement/industry experience

A mandatory course component is a practical placement in a registered education and care service. Minimum 280 hours of work placement. (organised by The Gordon). Placement is not paid work and students will not receive payment for undertaking practical placement. You must have a valid Working with Children Check. Some centres may require you to have immunity to COVID-19 and whooping cough. You may be required to travel up to an hour to attend placement in regional or metropolitan centres.

Possible career outcomes

  • Early childhood educator
  • Out-of-school hours educator or coordinator
  • Family daycare operator
  • Team, group or program leader
  • Educational leader
  • Early childhood service director or coordinator

Applications & attendance

How to apply

  1. Follow our instructions for how to apply for a course.
  2. Apply online by selecting an intake from the Applications & attendance table below.

If you need help, visit Customer Service or request application support via email.
Submission of an application does not guarantee a place in the course.

Apprenticeship and traineeship applicants

To become an apprentice or trainee, you will first need to find an employer willing to employ you. An Australian Apprenticeship Support Network Provider can assist you with this and will also start your application and enrolment process. Find a local provider here

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2024 July
Open: 1 May 2024
Close: 1 Jul 2024 
Class NightStart: 16 Jul 2024
Part-time: 18 Months  Apply  
2024 August
Open: 1 Jul 2024
Close: 1 Aug 2024 
Class NightStart: 27 Aug 2024
Part-time: 18 Months    
2024 October
Open: 1 Aug 2024
Close: 1 Oct 2024 
Class NightStart: 22 Oct 2024
Part-time: 18 Months    
2024 Ongoing
Open: 1 Aug 2023
Close: 15 Dec 2024 
Traineeship: Part-time: 1-4 Years    


Students may need to complete some self-paced learning and assessment activities outside class time. This will be different for each course and will depend on a student’s level of skill and experience.

Class days and times in the above table are indicative. Prior to course commencement, changes may be necessary. Follow the link for more information on Attendance mode definitions. When you submit your application, please make sure you answer all the questions. Only successful applicants with complete applications will receive an offer. We issue offers as soon as possible. Follow the link for more information on Offer timing.

Many courses have limited places and high demand. We may close an intake before the date above. We recommend you apply early. If student numbers are insufficient we may cancel an intake or a course. An application does not guarantee a place in this course.

Additional attendance information

This is an online course, however it is a mandatory requirement for students to attend onsite face to face sessions once a month.

    • Entry to this qualification is open to applicants who hold one of the following qualifications:
      • CHC30121 Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care
      • CHC30113 Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care
    • You must reside in Victoria to access Victorian Government Subsidised Fees and any incentive such as Free TAFE. Full fees apply to all non-Victorian residents.

    Apprenticeship and traineeship requirements

    Apprenticeship and traineeship applicants must be currently employed under a training contract and referred by their employer.

    Pre-training review

    Each student must complete a pre-training review as part of their application. The outcome of your pre-training review assists our teachers and trainers to better understand your capabilities prior to training and enables you to be matched to the right program. Your literacy and numeracy skills will be evaluated and you may be required to undertake a separate assessment. Follow this link for more information about literacy and numeracy skills .

    In order to prepare for your LLN, you may wish to attempt some practise tests in which you will find similar questions (with solutions too). These practice tests are not VSL approved but may be similar in question type and level of difficulty to what may be asked in the VSL approved LLN. Click here for practice tests. Please note, the VSL approved LLN cannot be resat within 3 months of undertaking it.

    Personal Learning Requirements

    There are personal learning requirements for each qualification at The Gordon. These are essential personal capabilities and skills required to successfully complete the course and be ready to work in the industry.

    Please review the requirements here and consider any challenges you may have in meeting them. When applying for your course, please let us know what support you may need.

    Selection mode

    Core Code Hours
    Analyse information to inform children's learning CHCECE047 75
    Embed environmental responsibility in service operations CHCECE049 73
    Facilitate compliance in a childrens education and care service CHCECE044 110
    Foster holistic early childhood learning development and wellbeing CHCECE042 200
    Foster positive and respectful interactions and behaviour in children CHCECE045 60
    Implement strategies for the inclusion of all children CHCECE046 65
    Nurture creativity in children CHCECE043 80
    Plan and implement children's education and care curriculum CHCECE048 180
    Reflect on and improve own professional practice CHCPRP003 120
    Work in partnership with children's families CHCECE050 70
    Elective Units Code Hours
    Develop and use emotional intelligence BSBPEF502 60
    Respond to grievances and complaints about the service CHCECE053 40
    Support the learning and development of teams and individuals BSBHRM413 40


    Please note that the listed electives are delivered by The Gordon but you may not need to complete all of these units to successfully complete this qualification. If you have previously completed any of the units of competency relevant to this course, you may be eligible for Credit Transfer (CT). Any previous relevant experience may qualify you for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL). Find out more about CT or RPL here.

    Assessment is based on:

    • Hands-on work
    • Workplace tasks
    • Written assignments
    • Industry placement
    • Team projects

    This course is eligible for Free TAFE!

    Eligible Victorian students who elect to use their Free TAFE opportunity will not incur any tuition fees. Material and resources fees still apply. Follow the link for further information and to check the eligibility criteria.

    FeesRateUnitIndicative Course HoursIndicative Tuition Payable by StudentMax. Indicative Government Subsidy Total
    Standard Tuition AUD $6.08 per hour 1288 AUD $7,831.00 AUD $8,892.00
    Full Fee Tuition AUD $12.30 per hour 1288 AUD $15,842.00

    Add the costs below to your relevant tuition fee

    Excursions AUD $70.00
    Resources AUD $375.00
    Education Levy AUD $193.20
    Administrative Fee AUD $250.00 Once


    All fees and charges are correct at time of publication but may change without notice. The student tuition fees are indicative only. Additional fees may apply. Where GST is applicable to any courses or materials, the fee displayed is inclusive of the GST.

    Which fee will I pay?

    Your fees will be charged according to your eligibility for government funding. For more information, visit our Fees & Payments pages.

    Fee help and student loans

    VET Student Loans are available for eligible students for tuition fees ONLY.
    The current years maximum VET Student Loan Course Cap is $18,097

    Payment plans may be available for students who are not eligible for a VET Student Loan.

    VET Student Loan

    To be eligible to apply for a VET Student Loan, applicants will be required to:

    • undertake an independent assessment test to ensure they possess Level 3 in reading and numeracy, or
    • provide their Year 12 certificate, or
    • provide evidence of completion of a Certificate IV or above.

    Many Gordon courses offer pathways to higher qualifications within The Gordon and in some cases, to university degrees. Your Gordon course may provide credit points which could reduce further study time. Follow the link to find more information about pathways, or contact Customer Service.

    Date published: 11/06/2024 12:00:32 PM