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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

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

April, July

Next Intake

April, July

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.

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

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 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

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
  • 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

Recognition of Prior Learning

You can seek Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) where your work experience or qualifications of an advanced and related nature have been undertaken. RPL is individually assessed based on evidence submitted by the student to the teaching department. Applications for RPL will be assessed by relevant Melbourne Polytechnic trainers, academics and where appropriate, industry experts.

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 $9000 $17250
Materials fee $0 $0 $0 $0
Maximum annual amenities $250 $250 $250 $250
Total payable $250 $250 $9250 $17500
Per year $14468
Per semester $7234
Materials fee $

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.

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 19 November 2020. 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 for this course in 2020. Please call 9269 8400 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 03 9269 8400.

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

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

Amenities must be paid each academic year you are enrolled.

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.
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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 03 9269 8400 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 +61 3 9269 8400

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