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Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care

If you would like to become a childcare room leader and are passionate about education then our highly regarded Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care will ensure you have the skills you need. This sector is growing and there is more demand for qualified professionals in this field.

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Contribute positively to the next generation of learners

Become a child care room leader or the person responsible for program planning, or both – once you have this highly regarded and highly sought qualification!

Establish your career in early childhood education and care

The Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care provides you with the skills and knowledge to plan and operate educational programs for children based upon their skills and interests. This will follow the National Quality Framework which includes the Early Years Learning Framework. You will learn the best practice and compliance skills that underpin the National Quality Standards.

Industry connections and resources

Melbourne Polytechnic provides hands on experience by conducting a playgroup for local children every Wednesday morning. You will gain experience setting up play, preparing and serving food safely, and by observing the children.

Employment outcomes

This course has a 400-hour workplace requirement. This is taken by working 35 hours per week for 12 weeks. Students are required to have 7 hours per day of direct contact with children during this placement.

You will be qualified to work as a room leader and educator in the following fields:


  • Long Day care
  • Three year old Kindergarten programs
  • Out of School hours care and/or vacation care, working with children aged 6 to 12 years
  • Nanny – working privately for families as per their requirements (positions found through agencies)
  • Occasional Care – usually run at Leisure centres, gyms, local councils where parents may be undertaking study

Assessment

Assessment methods include written reports, presentations, group activities and practical demonstration of skills.

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

You can seek RPL where your work or qualifications of an advanced and related nature have been undertaken. Academic Credit is granted on a case-by-case basis, according to our Academic Credit policy and associated procedures. Applications for Academic Credit will be assessed by relevant Melbourne Polytechnic academics and where appropriate, industry experts.

Contact

For any additional information on the Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care, please contact an Education and Careers Advisor (ECA), on 03 9269 8400, or by email.

Local Students

Code

CHC50113

Campuses

PRESTON

Department

Education
03 9269 8400

Duration

Full-time: 1.5 years

Part-time: available
Available by negotiation.

Class Schedule: *

Tue - AM and PM
Wed - AM and PM
Thu - AM and PM
Fri - AM and PM

*Classes run across these days and times. Detailed timetable information is available from an Education and Career Advisor

Modes of Delivery

Work placements, Classroom

Fees for 2017

Eligible:$7300
Ineligible:$14600

The student tuition fees as published are correct at time of publication and subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment.

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Assessment Methods

Assessment for each competency will be through a combination of on-the-job (practicum) and off-the-job tasks. Off-the-job assessment is a combination of class exercises, assignments and practical demonstrations

Materials

A list of required materials and any texts will be distributed to you at the commencement of the course.

Entrance Requirements

We encourage you to attend an information session where you will need to perform a written task and undertake a pre-training review. You do not need to have completed the Certificate III qualification in order to enrol in this Diploma course.

You should be over 18 years old on commencement of the course and hold a Working with Children Check (WWC)

Pathways to further study

You may continue to study and enrol in our HEFEEDEYBachelor of Education (Early Years). Students who have successfully completed the Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care will receive six credits for RPL

Career Pathways

On completion, you may seek employment in the field of children's services, caring for young children up to the age of six in a variety of child care settings. Jobs include room leader, centre coordinator, or a nanny for private clients

Enrolment Intake

  • February
  • Midyear

International Students

Code

CHC50113

CRICOS Code

082863G

Campuses

PRESTON

Duration

Full-time: 1.5 years

Modes of Delivery

Work placements, Classroom

Entrance Requirements

Academic: Australian Year 12 equivalency
English: Academic IELTS 5.5 with no individual band below 5.0, Pearson PTE Academic 42 overall with no individual communicative skill below 36, or recognised equivalency
Other: Applicants must provide a 300-500 word written statement outlining any experience in child care (voluntarily, informally, or by paid employment) and the reasons why they want to study this course

You will need to provide a Working with Children Check (WWC) and a police check

Assessment Methods

Assessment for each competency will be through a combination of on-the-job (practicum) and off-the-job tasks. Off-the-job assessment is a combination of class exercises, assignments and practical demonstrations

Materials

Lists of required materials, books and timetables will be provided at course induction or class enrolment by the teaching department.

Fees

  • Tuition fees per semester: $6200
  • Tuition fees per year: $12400
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Pathways to further study

You may continue to study and enrol in our HEFEEDEYBachelor of Education (Early Years). Students who have successfully completed the Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care will receive six credits for RPL

Career Pathways

On completion, you may seek employment in the field of children's services, caring for young children up to the age of six in a variety of child care settings. Jobs include room leader, centre coordinator, or a nanny for private clients

Enrolment Intake

  • February
  • Midyear
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Units Of Study

The Units of Study listed below have been approved for VET FEE-HELP. You may be required to undertake additional Units of Study in order to obtain the qualification. You will need to determine your particular combination of Units of Study with the department.

The hours displayed are nominal, actual classroom hours delivered may differ. Please contact the department for the latest student contact hours information.

Code Subjects Hours
CHCDIV001 Work with diverse people 40
CHCDIV002 Promote Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander cultural safety 25
CHCECE001 Develop cultural competence 70
CHCECE002 Ensure the health and safety of children 63
CHCECE003 Provide care for children 70
CHCECE004 Promote and provide healthy food and drinks 35
CHCECE005 Provide care for babies and toddlers 60
CHCECE007 Develop positive and respectful relationships with children 70
CHCECE009 Use an approved learning framework to guide practice 70
CHCECE011 Provide experiences to support children's play and learning 40
CHCECE016 Establish and maintain a safe and healthy environment for children 50
CHCECE017 FOSTER THE HOLISTIC DEVELOPMENT AND WELLEING OF THE CHILD IN EARLY CHILDHOOD 240
CHCECE018 Nurture creativity in children 80
CHCECE019 Facilitate compliance in an education and care service 120
CHCECE020 Establish and implement plans for developing cooperative behaviour 50
CHCECE021 Implement strategies for the inclusion of all children 50
CHCECE022 Promote children's agency 80
CHCECE023 Analyse information to inform learning 70
CHCECE024 Design and implement the curriculum to foster children's learning and development 170
CHCECE025 Embed sustainable practices in service operations 60
CHCECE026 Work in partnership with families to provide appropriate education and care for children 70
CHCLEG001 Work legally and ethically 55
CHCMGT003 Lead the work team 100
CHCPRP003 Reflect on and improve own professional practice 120
CHCPRT001 Identify and respond to children and young people at risk 40
HLTAID004 Provide an emergency first aid response in an education and care setting 20
HLTFSE001 Follow basic food safety practices 30
HLTWHS003 MAINTAIN WORK HEALTH AND SAFETY 40

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Students may be eligible for Victorian and Commonwealth Government funding.