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Victoria University

Melbourne , Victoria ,Australia

Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care

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 University 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 four 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.

Campus Information

Footscray Nicholson

Footscray Nicholson Campus is a few minutes' walk from the Footscray train station. This relaxed and friendly campus has an emphasis on TAFE courses, run through VU Polytechnic. It's easy to find your way around – there is a brand new learning commons with a library and study spaces. We also have childcare facilities and a recreation centre.

Intakes

  • Feb
  • July

Application Processing Time in Days: 20

Application Process

More Information Required
10 Days
Possible Interview Call
10 Days
Provisional/Unconditional Offer
20 Days
Visa Process
30 Days

Minimum English Language Requirements

English Level Description IELTS (1.0 -9.0) TOEFL IBT (0-120) TOEFL CBT (0-300) PTE (10-90)
Expert 9 120 297-300 86-90
Very Good 8.5 115-119 280-293 83-86
Very Good 8 110-114 270-280 79-83
Good 7.5 102-109 253-267 73-79
Good 7 94-101 240-253 65-73
Competent 6.5 79-93 213-233 58-65
Competent 6 60-78 170-210 50-58
Modest 5.5 46-59 133-210 43-50
Modest 5 35-45 107-133 36-43
Limited 4 32-34 97-103 30-36
Extremely Limited < 4 < 31 < 93 < 30

Job Opportunity Potential

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-daycare centres. Potential job titles include:

  • children's services coordinator
  • family-daycare 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
  • nanny.

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:

Admission Requirement / Eligibility Criteria

  • Completion of an Australian Year 12 or equivalent. 

Students will be required to demonstrate they have the capacity to work with children (Bluecard mandatory) and families in the highly demanding field of early childhood as set out by the Australian Children’s Education and Care Quality Authority (ACECQA) and the Education and Care Services National Regulations by participating in an interview. This may be conducted individually or as a group, at the discretion of the Polytechnic.

  • Course Code: 085044G
  • Course Type: Full Time
  • Course Level: Under Graduate Diploma or Certificate
  • Duration: 01 Year  06 Month  
  • Total Tuition Fee: 22500 AUD
    Annual Cost of Living: 21041 AUD
    Application Fee: N/A