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Early Childhood Education and Care

Diploma Of

Code: CHC50113 Cricos: 082863G

Overview

Campus

Preston

Campus

Preston

Duration

18 months full time / available part time

Duration

18 months full time / available part time

Requirements

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

Requirements

Australian Year 12 equivalency. Academic IELTS 5.5 with no individual band below 5.0. Working with Children Check (WWC) and a Police Check.

Next Intake

Midyear

Next Intake

February, July, February, July, Midyear

Contribute to the next generation of learners

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.

Learn to shape learning

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.

Graduate ready to change lives

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.

Career Pathways

Where will this take me

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.
  • Long Day Care
  • Nanny
  • Occasional Carer
  • Out of School Hours Carer

Pathways

Students 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.

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Course Details

How you learn

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.

Class Schedule

Industry Group:
1 year
Prerequisites are:
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 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.

Units of Study

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

Units of Study
Code Subject Elective Hours
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

Fees & Costs

Displayed course fees are indicative only. There are many variables that impact the total amount of your full course costs including qualification for government subsidies, concessions or recognition of prior learning. Tuition fees do not include the cost of student amenities or material costs.

To find out if you’re eligible for a Government subsidy we recommend you contact us help you find out.

Melbourne Polytechnic offers a range of payment options to help you pay your tuition fees, so you can get on with your studies.

Fees displayed are effective for new applications received on or after 1 November 2019. Tuition fees do not include textbooks, course materials or overseas student health insurance and visa fees.

After initial deposit, international students are able to pay tuition fees in installments, four times per year.

For more detailed information please read the International Student Fees.

Tuition Fees
$8650.00 - $16550.00
$6952 per semester
$13904 per year
Estimated based on eligibility
Course Fees are only estimated. Find out what subsidies apply to you by contacting us.

Materials and Amenities cost

A list of required materials and any texts will be distributed to you at the commencement of the course. Lists of required materials, books and timetables will be provided at course induction or class enrolment by the teaching department.

Attend an Info Session 

Now’s the time to register for our information and enrolment sessions. We give you an in-depth look at your chosen area of study and a tour of our department facilities.

Requirements

Local applicants are encouraged to attend an information session where they will need to perform a written task and undertake a pre-training review. Applicants do not need to have completed the Certificate III qualification in order to enrol in this Diploma course.

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

Next Steps

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