CHC50113 Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care

Victoria University

Course details

CRICOS course code: 085044G

Level of study: Career Based/Vocational


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.

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
  • nanny.

Pathways to further study

On completion of this course you will be guaranteed entry into the following degree and in some cases receive credit for your study:

Bachelor of Early Childhood Education

You will be credited for up to 96 credit points of study.

Course structure

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.

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Tuition Fees (AUD $) Start date Duration Campus
15,000 Per Year
Read more7,500 per semester
21 Feb 2022
01 Aug 2022
1 year Full time Footscray Nicholson Campus
Corner of Nicholson and Buckley Streets
Melbourne Victoria 3011
15,000 Per Year
Read more7,500 per semester
21 Feb 2022
01 Aug 2022
1 year Full time St Albans Campus
McKechnie Street
Melbourne Victoria 3021
15,000 Per Year
Read more7,500 per semester
21 Feb 2022
01 Aug 2022
1 year Full time Werribee Campus
Hoppers Lane
Melton Victoria 3030

Entry criteria

Applicants must have previously completed the Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care.

English language requirements

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

TOEFL Internet: Overall score of 55 (Listening 9, Speaking 16, Reading 10, Writing 18)

Pearson Test of English (PTE): Overall score of 42 (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.


Victoria University
Footscray Park campus
Ballarat Road
Melbourne Victoria 3011
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