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Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care

Free TAFE Jobtrainer Code: CHC50113 CRICOS: 082863G

Overview

Campus

Preston

Campus

Preston

Duration

18 months full time / available part time

Duration

18 months

Next Intake

February

Next Intake

February

This Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care CHC50113 is superseded by Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care CHC50121.

The new diploma requires you to hold a Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care CHC30113 or a Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care CHC30121.

Enrol in and complete your Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care CHC30113 and be ready to start your Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care CHC50121 in 2023.

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

Pathways

Students may continue to study and enrol in our Bachelor of Education (Early Years). Students who have successfully completed the Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care CHC50113 will receive six credits for RPL.
I heard from people who have been at TAFE that it’s more hands-on than university, and I am more of a hands-on worker.
Claudia Condello
Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care CHC50113
Portrait of education student Claudia

Course Details

Delivery methods

Full time Group: This course has a 240-hour workplace requirement. Students are required to have seven 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.

  • Flexible
  • Practicum
  • Blended delivery
  • Classroom

Class Schedule

Part time: Industry Group:
1 year

Prerequisites are:

  • Already hold a current Certificate III 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.

Code Subject Elective Hours
CHCDIV001 WORK WITH DIVERSE PEOPLE Elective 40
CHCDIV002 PROMOTE ABORIGINAL AND/OR TORRES STRAIT ISLANDER CULTURAL SAFETY Core 25
CHCECE001 DEVELOP CULTURAL COMPETENCE Core 70
CHCECE002 ENSURE THE HEALTH AND SAFETY OF CHILDREN Core 63
CHCECE003 PROVIDE CARE FOR CHILDREN Core 70
CHCECE004 PROMOTE AND PROVIDE HEALTHY FOOD AND DRINKS Core 35
CHCECE005 PROVIDE CARE FOR BABIES AND TODDLERS Core 60
CHCECE007 DEVELOP POSITIVE AND RESPECTFUL RELATIONSHIPS WITH CHILDREN Core 70
CHCECE009 USE AN APPROVED LEARNING FRAMEWORK TO GUIDE PRACTICE Core 70
CHCECE011 PROVIDE EXPERIENCES TO SUPPORT CHILDREN'S PLAY AND LEARNING Elective 40
CHCECE016 ESTABLISH AND MAINTAIN A SAFE AND HEALTHY ENVIRONMENT FOR CHILDREN Core 50
CHCECE017 FOSTER THE HOLISTIC DEVELOPMENT AND WELLBEING OF THE CHILD IN EARLY CHILDHOOD Core 240
CHCECE018 NURTURE CREATIVITY IN CHILDREN Core 80
CHCECE019 FACILITATE COMPLIANCE IN AN EDUCATION AND CARE SERVICE Core 120
CHCECE020 ESTABLISH AND IMPLEMENT PLANS FOR DEVELOPING CO-OPERATIVE BEHAVIOUR Core 50
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
CHCECE024 DESIGN AND IMPLEMENT THE CURRICULUM TO FOSTER CHILDREN'S LEARNING AND DEVELOPMENT Core 170
CHCECE025 EMBED SUSTAINABLE PRACTICES IN SERVICE OPERATIONS Core 60
CHCECE026 WORK IN PARTNERSHIP WITH FAMILIES TO PROVIDE APPROPRIATE EDUCATION AND CARE FOR CHILDREN Core 70
CHCLEG001 WORK LEGALLY AND ETHICALLY Core 55
CHCMGT003 LEAD THE WORK TEAM Elective 100
CHCPRP003 REFLECT ON AND IMPROVE PROFESSIONAL PRACTICE Elective 120
CHCPRT001 IDENTIFY AND RESPOND TO CHILDREN AND YOUNG PEOPLE AT RISK Core 40
HLTAID004 PROVIDE AN EMERGENCY FIRST AID RESPONSE IN AN EDUCATION AND CARE SETTING Core 20
HLTFSE001 FOLLOW BASIC FOOD SAFETY PRACTICES Elective 30
HLTWHS003 MAINTAIN WORK HEALTH AND SAFETY Core 40

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.

Fees & Costs

Tuition Fees
Free TAFE Job Trainer Government subsidised fee Non-subsidised fee
Tuition fee $0 $0 $9400 $20000
Materials fee $0 $0 $0 $0
Maximum annual amenities $250 $250 $250 $250
Total payable $250 $250 $9650 $20250
Per year $19600
Per semester $9800

The student tuition fees as published are subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment.

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.

This training is delivered with Victorian and Commonwealth Government funding. Contact us to find out if you’re eligible for a Government subsidy.

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 2021. 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.

Materials

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

Fees explained

The State Government’s Free TAFE for Priority Courses initiative covers the cost of tuition (excluding Amenities Fees and Materials Fees) for students who are eligible for government subsidised training and enrol into one of the Priority listed course.

Free TAFE is available to eligible students for one course enrolment in a lifetime.

Free TAFE places are limited. Please call 1300 635 276 and we can advise you whether Free TAFE places are still available.

Free TAFE for Priority Courses initiative covers the cost of tuition fees for students who are eligible. Materials and amenities may still apply.

The Free TAFE for Priority Courses initiative will pay your tuition fees for only one course. Once you have commenced in a tuition-free priority course, you are not eligible for further tuition-free places again, even if you do not finish your first tuition-free priority course.

Check your eligibility

Eligible students will pay 20 per cent of the standard Government subsidised tuition fee. Students can access up to one full qualification and one short course or skill set under the JobTrainer fund, including Free TAFE courses.

Who is eligible for JobTrainer?

To qualify for a non-traineeship JobTrainer course, you must

  • be aged 17 – 24 at the time of commencement of training, or
  • be a Job Seeker of any age, where a Job Seeker is defined as a person who holds a valid and current Commonwealth Health Care Card, Pensioner Concession Card or Veteran’s Gold Card; or unemployed. 

To qualify for a traineeship JobTrainer course, you must

  • be aged 17 – 24 at the time of commencement of training, or
  • be a Job Seeker of any age, where a Job Seeker is defined as a person who holds a valid and current Commonwealth Health Care Card, Pensioner Concession Card or Veteran’s Gold Card; or
    have been unemployed at the commencement date of the Training Contract; or became employed within 31 days before the commencement date of their Training Contract

To find out if you are eligible for Job Trainer or Free TAFE, call us on 1300 635 276.

The fees for those ineligible for a government-funded enrolment. 

Check your eligibility here.

The cost of tuition for those eligible for government funding.

Check your eligibility here.

Additional expenses

The Student Services and Amenities Fee is charged at forty cents (40 cents) per student contact hour and is capped over a twelve (12) month period, effective from the enrolment date, to:

  • $250 for full fee-paying students; and
  • $175 for concession-paying students studying Certificate I, II, III, or IV.

Amenities fees are used to improve non-academic services including libraries, counselling services, student support, and recreational activities.

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

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 from the Apply Now page.

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 our Skills and Job Centre, 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 1300 635 276 or follow a step-by-step guide to enrolling for vocational education local students.

When we receive your application, the International Office will be in contact with you shortly to discuss your application and provide you additional instructions.

If you'd like to speak to one of our International Office staff directly, call 1300 635 276

Recognising Organisations

Nationally Recognised Training

Nationally Recognised Training This course is government accredited and has national recognition.

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