Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care

CRICOS Course Code: 110950ECourse Code: CHC50121

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.

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Pathway from the qualification

After achieving this qualification candidates may undertake Higher Education pathways exist depending on the university, courses include Bachelor of Early Childhood Master of Teaching (Birth to 12 years old).

Course duration and fees

The total duration will be 52 weeks including the breaks.

See: Academic Calendar & Fees for detailed information.

Qualification sturcture

  1. Course Units
    CHCMGT003 Lead the work team
    CHCDIV003 Manage and promote diversity
    BSBTWK502 Manage team effectiveness
    CHCECE044 Facilitate compliance in a children’s education and care service
    CHCECE049 Embed environmental responsibility in service operations
    CHCECE047 Analyse information to inform children’s learning
    CHCECE048 Plan and implement children’s education and care curriculum
    CHCECE046 Implement strategies for the inclusion of all children
    CHCECE043 Nurture creativity in children
    CHCECE045 Foster positive and respectful interactions and behaviour in children
    CHCECE050 Work in partnership with children’s families
    CHCECE042 Foster holistic early childhood learning, development and wellbeing
    CHCECE041 Maintain a safe and healthy environment for children
    CHCPRP003 Reflect on and improve own professional practice
    BSBHRM413 Support the learning and development of team and individuals

Entry Requirements

Entry to this qualification is limited to those who have completed the following units:

  • CHC30121 Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care, or
  • CHC30113 Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care

It is recommended that individuals should also:

  • Be 18 years or older; and
  • International Students are also required to have an English ability at the IELTS 6.0 or equivalent.
  • A working with children check is required for work placement and for gaining employment.

Jobs Roles

Job roles and titles may vary across early childhood settings. Upon successful completion of CHC50121 a person could seek employment opportunities in roles such as:

  • Early Childhood Educator

  • Family day care educator

  • Preschool assistant

  • Nanny or in home care educator

  • Room leaders

  • Nominated or authorized supervisor for a Centre under 29 children

Mode of Course Delivery

67% Face-to-face + 33% Online + 285 hours of mandatory work placement

Work Placement & FAQs

Students are required to participate in a minimum of 282-hour practical placement within an accredited early childhood education and care service.

Students are responsible for finding their own work placement however BBI has agreements with different Childcare centres which students may contact if they can’t find their own.



Q: What is work placement for?

A: Work placement provides practical training for students. You will work under the supervision of a supervisor in a real workplace. The work placement enables you to practice and develop your skills and is a compulsory requirement in order to gain your qualification.


Q: Is the work placement mandatory?

A: It is a mandatory requirement to complete work placement in order to receive your Childcare qualifications at BBI


Q: Who is responsible to organise the work placement?

A: Students are responsible for finding their own work placements. However, BBI has agreements with different childcare centres in case students need any assistance finding placements.


Q: Can I use my own employer for work placement?

A: Yes, if they meet the mandatory criteria for work placement assessment students can use their current job as a Work Placement. It does not affect at all the current student-employer relationship. A BBI assessor will assess and decide on the suitability of the work placement settings.


Q: When can I start the work placement?

A: Students are eligible to participate in work placement upon completion of at least two weeks of theoretical study at the institute. Students are only deemed eligible by the Trainer to participate if they possess the required attributes and skills.

A WORKING WITH CHILD CHECK is required for work placement and for gaining employment in a childcare centre


Q: How long is the work placement?

A: For Certificate III the minimum amount of work placement hours required to complete is 170 hours. For the Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care the minimum amount of work placement hours to complete is 282 hours.


Q: Can I change my work placement?

A: We don’t recommend. However under extenuating circumstances we may consider. Request will be assessed by work placement coordinator or Academic coordinator


Q: I feel sick on the day of work placement. What do I do?

A: If you are sick, you are required to phone your supervisor immediately and let your supervisor that you are not coming in. In addition, you are required to email Student Support and your trainer of your absence. You will also be required to email a copy of your medical certificate to Student Support for our records. Please note that you are still required to make up the hours you miss.


Q: My bus/train was late. Is that ok?

A: No, it is very important that you are punctual to your work place. Remember, every day is like a job interview and you need to make a good impression. Plan your trip to take into account possible delays and make every effort to arrive earlier to avoid being deemed late.


Q: What if I fail (Not Yet Competent) my work place Assessments?

A: Should a student not demonstrate competency within a single work placement, students may be required to undergo additional work placement hours and an additional assessor visit. An additional assessor visit will incur a fee of $200.


Q: Do I need to attend classes during my work placement?

A: Yes, please follow your individual study plan. There will be no classes during the work placement block weeks but you must continue your online learning throughout this period.


Please refer to the STUDENT HANDBOOK for detailed work placement guidelines and procedures


The Class timetable may differ from the actual(face-to-face) class timetable. The nature of student support and engagement may also vary during this online delivery period.

Please contact the college if you have any enquiries regarding the mode of delivery and the timetable

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