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.
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.
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.
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.
Part time: Industry Group:
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.
|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|
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.
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|Free TAFE||Job Trainer||Government subsidised fee||Non-subsidised fee|
|Maximum annual amenities||$250||$250||$250||$250|
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.
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.
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
To qualify for a traineeship JobTrainer course, you must
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.
The cost of tuition for those eligible for government funding.
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.
'We’d been discussing what projects we had coming up that we needed to go and buy materials for. And so then the scholarship came and it was just a sigh of relief.'
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.
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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