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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 English as an Additional Language (EAL) (Employment)
If you have a non-English speaking background, and would like to improve your English language skills then this course is for you. We can offer this as a dual qualification, so you can gain skills in early childcare education, individual support and hairdressing.

Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care
If you are passionate about children’s learning and development, interested in working with children, and want to make a real contribution in the future generation then consider our excellent Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care. We provide excellent training to get you work ready for a fulfilling career you love.

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.

Associate Degree of Early Years Studies
Are you inspired to work with young children? Would you like to work as an educator (room leader) in a long day care setting or as a co-educator (assistant) in a kindergarten? If so, our Associate Degree of Early Years Studies is ideal for you.

Bachelor of Education (Early Years)
Would you like to work in vibrant preschool or primary teaching and learning environments? Does developing student voice and agency excite you? Our Bachelor of Education (Early Years), boasts an innovative applied learning program, strong community partnerships and a high employment success rate to make that a reality.

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