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Intakes: 
2018: February and July
Duration: 
1.5 years
Fees: 
2018: A$7,800 per semester

We are currently accepting applications for this course

Overview

Gain the skills and qualification 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 in order to enable children to 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.

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.

Everything you learn at Victoria University Polytechnic has direct links to the real world. You will develop practical skills through our supportive workplace learning model and be job-ready when you graduate.

Our practical children’s services lab, located at Werribee Campus, will provide you the opportunity for hands-on learning in a simulated early childhood environment. You’ll consolidate your skills during five practical placements in daycare settings, so you can put theory into practice.

Our partner network includes schools and community and government organisations, particularly in Melbourne’s north and west. Victoria Polytechnic students are known for their capability in the workplace, and placements can lead to employment.

You’ll learn from teachers who have valuable industry contacts and the latest industry-standard skills and knowledge. You’ll also develop links with industry and professional experience through:

  • placements
  • guest speaker presentations
  • scenario-based learning and assessments.

VU’s Learning Hubs are welcoming spaces where you can improve your study and employability skills.

Our students can attend Learning Hubs at one of five VU campuses. We offer maths, writing, careers and English-language advice, and show you effective ways to study and manage your time.

Our programs include:

  • workshops
  • drop-in sessions
  • peer mentoring
  • maths and writing resources
  • resume and career guidance.

We also have accessibility support services and counselling services available for all students.

Our campus libraries have photocopying, computing and printing facilities as well as electronic and print resources.

You'll also have access to a rich collection of online resources at any time of the day or night, including:

  • databases
  • e-learning content for courses
  • student email
  • student software packages
  • social networking tools.

On campus, we make sure that all of our students have access to digital resources. We offer:

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Join a rewarding industry with a career as a qualified childhood educator with a Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care.

Careers in early childhood education

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 coordinator
  • family day care coordinator
  • team leader or room leader in a service
  • early childhood educator
  • playgroup coordinator
  • 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:

 

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 the 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.

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.

Entry Requirements

IELTS 5.5 or equivalent.

Find out if you meet the entry requirements, including English language and academic requirements.

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.

We are currently accepting applications for this course.

Methods of applying:

International students can apply directly to Victoria University using our online application system, or apply through an education agent.

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Information and fees listed above are for non-resident students. Fees are accurate at the time of viewing and will be subject to annual increases. Some courses require students to purchase equipment or clothing that they will need in the course. These equipment or clothing costs are not included in the course fees listed above and we recommend that you confirm these costs with the relevant college.

VU takes care to ensure the accuracy of this course information, but reserves the right to change or withdraw courses offered at any time. Please check that course information is current with the Student Contact Centre.