Gain the skills and qualification to work at a high level in children’s services with a Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care at Victoria Polytechnic.
You’ll develop skills in providing activities and care to children, with an emphasis on play-based learning. You’ll learn to facilitate learning and play in order to enable children to achieve developmental outcomes.
This practical course will prepare you to enter a rewarding industry where you’ll provide education and care to children during their most influential years. It includes five work placements and a first aid course.
Upon completion, you will be a qualified early childhood educator with skills and knowledge in:
- childhood development (aesthetic, creative, physical)
- planning for children with additional needs
- networking and family partnerships
- first aid, health and safety.
Everything you learn at Victoria Polytechnic has direct links to the real world. More than any other institute, we place a strong emphasis on workplace learning.
Our practical children’s services lab, located at Werribee Campus, will provide you the opportunity for hands-on learning in a simulated early childhood environment. You’ll consolidate your skills during five practical placements in daycare settings, so you can put theory into practice.
Learning with us means you’ll get the hands-on learning to be job-ready when you graduate.
Our partner network includes schools and community and government organisations, particularly in Melbourne’s north and west. Victoria Polytechnic students are known for their capability in the workplace, and placements can lead to employment.
You’ll learn from teachers who have valuable industry contacts and the latest industry-standard skills and knowledge. You’ll also develop links with industry and professional experience through:
- guest speaker presentations
- scenario-based learning and assessments.
VU’s Learning Hubs are welcoming spaces where you can improve your study and employability skills.
Our students can attend Learning Hubs at one of five VU campuses. We offer maths, writing, careers and English-language advice, and show you effective ways to study and manage your time.
Our programs include:
- drop-in sessions
- peer mentoring
- maths and writing resources
- resume and career guidance.
Our campus libraries offer career advice, academic resources and learning and IT support in relaxed lounge-like settings. You'll have access to photocopying, computing and printing facilities as well as electronic and print resources.
VU has one of the best campus-wide WiFi networks. We also have more than 4000 computers (PCs and Apple Mac) spread across our campuses. A central IT helpdesk is also available for support. You'll have access to a rich collection of online resources at any time of the day or night, including databases, e-learning content for courses, student email, student software packages and social networking tools.
Join a rewarding industry with a career as a qualified childhood educator with a Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care.
Careers in early childhood education
This industry-focused diploma will prepare you for a rewarding and varied career in children’s services. With this nationally recognised qualification, you’ll be able to work at a high level in early childhood education and care. You’ll be confident to work in roles that require designing and developing curriculum and supervising staff.
Our graduates find work in preschools, childcare centres and family day care centres. Potential job titles include:
- children's services coordinator
- family day care coordinator
- team leader or room leader in a service
- early childhood educator
- playgroup coordinator
- assistant director of early childhood services
- early childhood educator - team leader
- reliever in early childhood programs
Demand for childcare professionals in Melbourne’s west is set to remain high, with large population growth in the area. Over the next five years, employment is expected to grow strongly for:
To be awarded CHC50113 Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care, a student must successfully complete a total of twenty-eight (28) units of competency, consisting of:
twenty-three (23) core units, and;
five (5) elective units, of which:
at least two (2) must be selected from the elective units listed below, and;
up to three (3) units may be selected from any endorsed training package or accredited course relevant to the work outcome.
All electives chosen must support the overall integrity of the AQF level of this qualification and contribute to a valid, industry-supported vocational outcome and must be in accordance with the packaging rules specified in CHC Community Services Training Package as well as be approved by Victoria Polytechnic.
- CHCECE026 - Work in partnership with families to provide appropriate education and care for children
The learning outcomes of this qualification reflect the role of early childhood educators who are responsible for designing and implementing curriculum in early childhood education and care services. In doing so, educators' work to implement an approved learning framework within the requirements of the Education and Care Services National Regulations and the National Quality Standard. Moreover, educators' may also have responsibility for the supervision of volunteers or other staff. Graduates at this level will have specialised knowledge and skills for skilled/paraprofessional work and/or further learning as well as:
Graduates at this level will have technical and theoretical knowledge in a specific area or a broad field of work and learning.
Graduates at this level will have a broad range of cognitive, technical and communication skills to select and apply methods and technologies to:
analyse information to complete a range of activities;
provide and transmit solutions to sometimes complex problems, and;
transmit information and skills to others.
Application of knowledge and skills
Graduates at this level will apply knowledge and skills to demonstrate autonomy, judgement and defined responsibility in known or changing contexts and within broad but established parameters.
What's a unit?
A unit or 'subject' is the actual class you'll attend in the process of completing a course.
Most courses have a mixture of compulsory 'core' units that you need to take, and optional \'elective\' units that you can choose to take based on your area of interest, expertise or experience.
Fees & scholarships
Fee type: VET
The amount you pay for your course depends on whether you’re offered a government subsidised place or a full-fee paying place.
If you enrol in a:
- Government subsidised place, you’ll pay a VET tuition fee and may be required to pay a Student Services and Amenities Fee and course materials contribution.
- full-fee paying place, you’ll pay the full-fee tuition rate (which includes Student Services and Amenities Fee and any material fees).
Scholarships & assistance
Apply for a scholarship to help with your study costs.
We can help with fee assistance and advice.
Admission & pathways
Meeting the minimum admission requirements does not guarantee you entry into this course.
Some courses receive more applications than the number of places available. In this situation we will also assess your education, work and other relevant experience.
- Other: Prior to enrolment, all applicants will be required to complete a literacy and numeracy assessment to assist with determining eligibility and to identify learning support needs.
For employment and practical placement purposes, this vocational sector typically requires a current and satisfactory Police Record Check and Working With Children Check (WWC). Failure to provide the required documents in the timeframe specified by the Course Coordinator, means you will be unable to undertake practical placement in a workplace and therefore not eligible to progress in this course.
The following are suggested sites you could visit to obtain these checks:
• Police record check - http://www.police.vic.gov.au/content.asp?Document_ID=274
• WWC check - http://www.workingwithchildren.vic.gov.au/
You may be able to complete your qualification sooner through formal recognition of your existing skills. This is known as Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL).
To receive RPL, we assess your previous work, education and life experiences against recognised qualifications. Applications for RPL can be made prior to enrolling.
Call us on 1300 TAFE VP (1300 823 387) to discuss RPL options with the course manager.
How to apply
Prior to enrolment, all applicants will be required to complete a literacy and numeracy assessment to assist with determining eligibility and to identify learning support needs.