What will I learn?

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.

Which department am I in?

Victoria Polytechnic



Study options

Full Time (1 year)

Tuition fees
A$15,000.00 (8,02,998) per year
AUD $7,500 per semester

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

21 February 2022, 1 August 2022


Footscray Nicholson Campus

Corner of Nicholson and Buckley Streets,



3011, MELBOURNE, Australia

Full Time (1 year)

Tuition fees
A$15,000.00 (8,02,998) per year
AUD $7,500 per semester

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

21 February 2022, 1 August 2022


St Albans Campus

McKechnie Street,



3021, MELBOURNE, Australia

Entry requirements

For international students

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.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


About Victoria University

With over 100 years of educational prestige, Victoria University has earned its spot in the top 2% of universities worldwide.

  • Top 2% university globally (Times Higher Education 2021)
  • Revolutionary Block Model learning methods
  • VU ranked #1 nationally for Employability Skills
  • #3 in Australia for Learner Engagement (SES 2020)