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Duration: 
1.5 years full time or longer for part time
Delivery mode: 
Blended
Face to Face

Applications for this course are not being taken at this time

Overview

Gain the skills and qualifications to work at a high level in children’s services with a Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care at Victoria Polytechnic.

You’ll develop skills in providing activities and care to children, with an emphasis on play-based learning. You’ll learn to facilitate learning and play to help children achieve developmental outcomes.

This practical course will prepare you to enter a rewarding industry where you’ll provide education and care to children during their most influential years. It includes five work placements and a first aid course.

Upon completion, you will be a qualified early childhood educator with skills and knowledge in:

  • childhood development (aesthetic, creative, physical)
  • planning for children with additional needs
  • networking and family partnerships
  • first aid, health and safety.

After successful completion, you can choose to pathway into the Bachelor of Early Childhood Education. Find out more about this pathway and credits.

Award-winning learning model

This course is delivered through Victoria Polytechnic’s award-winning blended learning model that combines face-to-face workshops with flexible, user-friendly eLearning activities.

Careers in children's services

This industry-focused diploma will prepare you for a rewarding and varied career in children’s services. With this nationally recognised qualification, you’ll be able to work at a high level in early childhood education and care. You’ll be confident to work in roles that require designing and developing curriculum and supervising staff.

Our graduates find work in preschools, childcare centres and family day care centres. Potential job titles include:

  • children's services co-ordinator
  • family day care co-ordinator
  • team leader or room leader in a service
  • early childhood educator
  • playgroup co-ordinator
  • assistant director of early childhood services
  • early childhood educator - team leader
  • reliever in early childhood programs
  • nanny.

Demand for childcare professionals in Melbourne’s west is set to remain high, with large population growth in the area. Over the next five years, employment is expected to grow strongly for:

  • early childhood (pre-primary school) teachers (JobOutlook)
  • childcare centre managers (JobOutlook).

You may choose to undertake further study, going on to our Bachelor of Early Childhood Education.

On completion of this course you will be guaranteed entry into the following degree and in some cases receive credit for your study:

You will be credited for up to 96 credit points of study.

Find out more about our study pathways to VU

Course structure

To be awarded CHC50113 Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care, a student must successfully complete a total of twenty-eight (28) units of competency, consisting of:

  • twenty-three (23) core units, and;

  • five (5) elective units, of which:

  • at least two (2) must be selected from the elective units listed below, and;

  • up to three (3) units may be selected from any endorsed training package or accredited course relevant to the work outcome.

All electives chosen must support the overall integrity of the AQF level of this qualification and contribute to a valid, industry-supported vocational outcome and must be in accordance with the packaging rules specified in CHC Community Services Training Package as well as be approved by Victoria Polytechnic.

Core units

Elective units

Imported

The learning outcomes of this qualification reflect the role of early childhood educators who are responsible for designing and implementing curriculum in early childhood education and care services. In doing so, educators' work to implement an approved learning framework within the requirements of the Education and Care Services National Regulations and the National Quality Standard. Moreover, educators' may also have responsibility for the supervision of volunteers or other staff.  Graduates at this level will have specialised knowledge and skills for skilled/paraprofessional work and/or further learning as well as:

Knowledge
Graduates at this level will have technical and theoretical knowledge in a specific area or a broad field of work and learning.

Skills
Graduates at this level will have a broad range of cognitive, technical and communication skills to select and apply methods and technologies to:

  • analyse information to complete a range of activities;

  • provide and transmit solutions to sometimes complex problems, and;

  • transmit information and skills to others.

Application of knowledge and skills
Graduates at this level will apply knowledge and skills to demonstrate autonomy, judgement and defined responsibility in known or changing contexts and within broad but established parameters.

What's a unit?

A unit or 'subject' is the actual class you'll attend in the process of completing a course.

Most courses have a mixture of compulsory 'core' units that you need to take, and optional \'elective\' units that you can choose to take based on your area of interest, expertise or experience.

Fees & scholarships

Fee type: VET

The amount you pay for your course depends on whether you’re offered a government subsidised place or a full-fee paying place.

If you enrol in a:

  • Government subsidised place, you’ll pay a VET tuition fee and may be required to pay a Student Services and Amenities Fee and course materials contribution.
  • full-fee paying place, you’ll pay the full-fee tuition rate (which includes Student Services and Amenities Fee and any material fees).

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Scholarships & assistance

Apply for a scholarship to help with your study costs.

We can help with fee assistance and advice.

Admission & pathways

Meeting the minimum admission requirements does not guarantee you entry into this course.

Some courses receive more applications than the number of places available. In this situation we will also assess your education, work and other relevant experience.

If you do not meet the minimum requirements you may be eligible for one of our special admission programs. We also encourage you to explore our study pathways to help you reach your goal.

  • Other: Prior to enrolment, all applicants will be required to complete a literacy and numeracy assessment to assist with determining eligibility and to identify learning support needs.

    For employment and practical placement purposes, this vocational sector typically requires a current and satisfactory Police Record Check and Working With Children Check (WWC). Failure to provide the required documents in the timeframe specified by the Course Coordinator, means you will be unable to undertake practical placement in a workplace and therefore not eligible to progress in this course.

    The following are suggested sites you could visit to obtain these checks:
    • Police record check - http://www.police.vic.gov.au/content.asp?Document_ID=274
    • WWC check - http://www.workingwithchildren.vic.gov.au/

There are many ways you can start your education journey at VU. Pathways offer an easy transition between courses at different levels, so that you can start with a certificate and progress right through to postgraduate study.

Find out more about pathways and credits.

You may be able to complete your qualification sooner through formal recognition of your existing skills. This is known as Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL).

To receive RPL, we assess your previous work, education and life experiences against recognised qualifications. Applications for RPL can be made prior to enrolling.

Call us on 1300 TAFE VP (1300 823 387) to discuss RPL options with the course manager.

How to apply

Prior to enrolment, all applicants will be required to complete a literacy and numeracy assessment to assist with determining eligibility and to identify learning support needs.

Applications for this course are not being taken at this time.

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