18 months full time / available part time
18 months full time / available part time
Applicants should be over 18 years old on commencement of the course and hold a Working with Children Check (WWC).
Australian Year 12 equivalency. Academic IELTS 5.5 with no individual band below 5.0. Working with Children Check (WWC) and a Police Check.
February, July, February, July, Midyear
If you’re interested in creating educational programs to aid the learning and development of young children, Melbourne Polytechnic’s Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care will provide the skills you need. Australia’s early childhood education and care sector is growing and expected to continue expanding over the next five years. Early childhood educators are in demand, so it’s a great time to pursue a career with excellent job prospects and the opportunity to undertake meaningful, rewarding work. This is an industry where you can make a positive impact on the lives of children and grow a great career at the same time.
Melbourne Polytechnic’s Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care provides 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. You will learn in Melbourne Polytechnic’s dedicated Early Childhood facilities, working with industry-based instructors that share their professional insights. You’ll get out of the classroom and into practical learning with a 455-hour workplace requirement. Alternatively, if you pursue the industry stream you can complete your placement hours in your own workplace across a range of age groups.
You’ll graduate ready to take on a role in the exciting and challenging world of early childhood education. You may seek employment in the field of children’s services or caring for young children in a variety of childcare settings. You might find work as a room leader, centre coordinator, kindergarten program coordinator, out-of-school carer or a nanny for private clients.
"It means future to me now. All I was doing before this was working in small jobs, or jobs that aren't going to get me far in life, so studying is a huge deal to me. It got me where I am now.... And it actually, studying gave me a path to go somewhere in my life."
Full time Group: This course has a 455-hour workplace requirement. This is taken by working 35 hours per week for 13 weeks. Students are required to have 7 hours per day of direct contact with children during this placement.
Industry Group: You will be able to complete your placement hours in your own workplace across a range of age groups.
Already hold a current Certificate ll in Early Childhood Education and Care
Be working in a registered early learning program a minimum of 2 days per week
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.
The hours displayed are nominal, actual classroom hours delivered may differ. Please contact us for the latest student contact hours information.
|CHCECE002||ENSURE THE HEALTH AND SAFETY OF CHILDREN||Core||63|
|HLTWHS003||MAINTAIN WORK HEALTH AND SAFETY||Core||40|
|CHCDIV002||PROMOTE ABORIGINAL AND/OR TORRES STRAIT ISLANDER CULTURAL SAFETY||Core||25|
|CHCLEG001||WORK LEGALLY AND ETHICALLY||Core||55|
|CHCMGT003||LEAD THE WORK TEAM||Core||100|
|CHCECE011||PROVIDE EXPERIENCES TO SUPPORT CHILDREN'S PLAY AND LEARNING||Core||40|
|CHCECE016||ESTABLISH AND MAINTAIN A SAFE AND HEALTHY ENVIRONMENT FOR CHILDREN||Core||50|
|CHCECE009||USE AN APPROVED LEARNING FRAMEWORK TO GUIDE PRACTICE||Core||70|
|CHCECE018||NURTURE CREATIVITY IN CHILDREN||Core||80|
|HLTFSE001||FOLLOW BASIC FOOD SAFETY PRACTICES||Core||30|
|CHCECE017||FOSTER THE HOLISTIC DEVELOPMENT AND WELLBEING OF THE CHILD IN EARLY CHILDHOOD||Core||240|
|CHCECE025||EMBED SUSTAINABLE PRACTICES IN SERVICE OPERATIONS||Core||60|
|CHCPRT001||IDENTIFY AND RESPOND TO CHILDREN AND YOUNG PEOPLE AT RISK||Core||40|
|CHCECE004||PROMOTE AND PROVIDE HEALTHY FOOD AND DRINKS||Core||35|
|CHCECE026||WORK IN PARTNERSHIP WITH FAMILIES TO PROVIDE APPROPRIATE EDUCATION AND CARE FOR CHILDREN||Core||70|
|CHCECE001||DEVELOP CULTURAL COMPETENCE||Core||70|
|CHCECE024||DESIGN AND IMPLEMENT THE CURRICULUM TO FOSTER CHILDREN'S LEARNING AND DEVELOPMENT||Core||170|
|CHCECE021||IMPLEMENT STRATEGIES FOR THE INCLUSION OF ALL CHILDREN||Core||50|
|CHCECE022||PROMOTE CHILDREN'S AGENCY||Core||80|
|CHCECE023||ANALAYSE INFORMATION TO INFORM LEARNING||Core||70|
|CHCECE020||ESTABLISH AND IMPLEMENT PLANS FOR DEVELOPING CO-OPERATIVE BEHAVIOUR||Core||50|
|HLTAID004||PROVIDE AN EMERGENCY FIRST AID RESPONSE IN AN EDUCATION AND CARE SETTING||Core||20|
|CHCECE019||FACILITATE COMPLIANCE IN AN EDUCATION AND CARE SERVICE||Core||120|
|CHCECE007||DEVELOP POSITIVE AND RESPECTFUL RELATIONSHIPS WITH CHILDREN||Core||70|
|CHCECE003||PROVIDE CARE FOR CHILDREN||Core||70|
|CHCPRP003||REFLECT ON AND IMPROVE PROFESSIONAL PRACTICE||Core||120|
|CHCECE005||PROVIDE CARE FOR BABIES AND TODDLERS||Core||60|
|CHCDIV001||WORK WITH DIVERSE PEOPLE||Core||40|
Studying at Melbourne Polytechnic
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After initial deposit, international students are able to pay tuition fees in installments, four times per year.
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We're really excited for you to join the Melbourne Polytechnic community and we look forward to supporting you on your education journey.
The first step to enrolling is completing the application short form. You'll then receive a link to complete a few more personal details.
It is a mandatory government requirement for all prospective students to complete an online literacy and numeracy assessment. Once you are ready to enrol, you will be invited to attend of our Skills and Job Centres, or come to campus to complete your enrolment in person.
For Diplomas and Advanced Diplomas, you may be eligible for a VET Student Loan. Read more about them here.
If you need assistance with your application and the next steps, you can contact one of our Education and Course Advisors on 03 9269 8400 or follow a step-by-step guide to enrolling for vocational education local students.
All future international students will need to complete the short application form. After this, you will be redirected to the full enrollment application form and provide further documentation and forms specifically for International Students. Following this, you will be contacted by a member of the International Office who will support you in the next steps.
You'll find a step-by-step guide to enrolling for international admissions here
If you'd like to speak to one of our International Office staff directly, call +61 03 9269 8400
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