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Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care

  • Diploma

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.

Key details

Degree Type
Diploma
Duration
18 months full-time
Course Code
CHC50113, 082863G
Study Mode
In person
Intake Months
Apr, Jul

About this course

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.

Entry 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).

Study locations

Preston

Career pathways

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

Credit for prior study or work

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.