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Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care
Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care

Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care

  • ID:VU610032
  • Level:1-Year Diploma
  • Duration:
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  • Type:Full-time

Fees (AUD)

  • TuitionFee/Year:$15,000.00
  • LivingFee/Year:$20,290.00
  • InsuranceFee/Year:$530.00
  • TuitionFee/Year:$15,000.00
  • LivingFee/Year:$20,290.00
  • InsuranceFee/Year:$530.00

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Admission Requirements

Entry requirements

Completion of an Australian Year 12 or equivalent. Students will be required to demonstrate they have the capacity to work with children 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.

English requirements

  • IELTS (Academic module): Overall score of 5.5 (no band less than 5.0)

  • TOEFL Internet: Overall score of 55. Section scores no less than:Listening: 9, Speaking: 16, Reading: 10, Writing: 18

  • Pearson Test of English (PTE): Overall score of 42-49 (no section score less than 40)

  • University of Cambridge - Advanced (CAE): Overall score of 162. No individual band less than 154. 

  • VU English - English for Academic Purposes (EAP) (Level 4): achieved.

Course Information

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.

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Pathway Courses

Pathways to further study

  • Bachelor of Early Childhood Education

  • Bachelor of Early Childhood Education and Leadership

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Career Opportunity

Career Opportunity

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.

Ability to settle

Overseas Student Health Cover

OSHC: 530 ($) AUD per year

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