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.
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.
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Minimum English Language Requirements
|English Level Description||IELTS (1.0 -9.0)||TOEFL IBT (0-120)||TOEFL CBT (0-300)||PTE (10-90)|
|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
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:
Annual Cost of Living: 21041 AUD
Application Fee: N/A