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Early Childhood Education


Childcare work is an essential and imperative need that contributes to the child’s development in their early formative years. The industry faces skills shortages so it's a good time to get trained up.

Childcare centre managers and childcare workers are occupations the Australian government has identified as having a skill shortage. If you enjoy working with children (up to six years of age) then apply for one of Melbourne Polytechnic's courses in Early Childhood Education. If you are already working in childcare then we have courses that can give you more skills, and broaden your work opportunities.

If you would like to engage and understand the physical, social and language development of children then our courses would be a good fit for you. You will learn about how to care for babies, support children’s play and learning, nutrition, corporative behaviour and how to identify young people at risk. Your training will also provide you with an understanding of running a centre and supervision of staff, designing and implementing programs, coordination and advocacy for the rights of children. We cover first aid, occupational health and safety, how to work with families from all backgrounds and the legal and ethical frameworks.

With another year of study, you could be at the helm:

  • Coordinating programs
  • Managing services
  • Working as a team leader
  • Providing professional supervision of staff including volunteers

With our fully equipped practical rooms on our Preston Campus, we can develop and extend your skills and knowledge in this realistic setting. You can work in both long day care and the occasional care of children up to six years of age.

Certificate III in EAL (Employment) - English for Child Care
Melbourne Polytechnic's Certificate III in English as an Additional Language (EAL) (Further Study) is individually tailored for you. This course is designed to teach intermediate English language skills to adults from non-English speaking backgrounds

Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care
Our Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care provides the foundation for a career working with children. Learn how to provide care and education for children up to six years of age in long day care, occasional childcare, and in kindergarten.

Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care
Melbourne Polytechnic's Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care is a rewarding way to consolidate your professional experience and skills. Growing demand in the early childhood education and care sector means there is no better time than now to upgrade your qualifications.

Associate Degree of Early Years Studies
Melbourne Polytechnic's Associate Degree of Early Years Studies is ideal for those wanting to work with young children. This course is an embedded exit point for the Bachelor of Education (Early Years).

Bachelor of Education (Early Years)
Would you like to work as a teacher in a preschool or primary setting? Melbourne Polytechnic’s Bachelor of Education (Early Years), boasts a 100 per cent employment success rate - a rewarding career teaching the next generation beckons.

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