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Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care

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CHC50121

Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care

Want to get ahead with your career in early childhood education? This Diploma builds on existing childcare experience so you can learn how to develop learning curriculums for children, supervise other educators, and increase your overall knowledge in children’s education.

Job prospects

+ Authorised Supervisor

+ Child Development Worker

+ Group, Team or Room Leader

+ Childcare Centre Manager

+ Children’s Adviser

+ Children’s Services Coordinator

+ Children’s Services Director

+ Educational Leader

+ Early Childhood Educator

Duration

+ Duration: 52 weeks

+ Work placement: 280 hours

Local students Yes

International students No

Is this funded?

Yes - Government funding is available to eligible students. Please click here to see if you qualify.

How can I study?

This course is available to study on campus, in Melbourne CBD or Werribee or as a traineeship. Call us to discuss your options.

Satisfied with training

  • 92% Satisfied with training

Percentage of graduates of this course who were satisfied with the training.

Improved work status

  • 73.4% Improved work status

Percentage of graduates in the Education field who started/expanded a business or who have a new job, more highly skilled work, a promotion or higher pay (Diploma).

Average weekly pay

  • $1,272 weekly pay

Average salary of a Child Care Centre Manager. You usually need a diploma in early childhood education and care to work as a Child Care Centre Manager.

With MCIE’s nationally accredited qualification, you can make a real difference in children’s lives. All training has been developed in consultation with the early childhood education and care industry to ensure graduates are equipped with necessary and in-demand skills.

Join our successful graduates who are now employed within the Australian Early Childhood profession as early childhood education and care service coordinators and early childhood educators. Students must have access to a computer or laptop to complete the course.

  • Authorised Supervisor

  • Child Development Worker

  • Group, Team or Room Leader

  • Childcare Centre Manager

  • Children’s Adviser

  • Children’s Services Coordinator

  • Children’s Services Director

  • Educational Leader

  • Early Childhood Educator

 

There were 18,100 Child Care Centre Managers in 2020. The number of workers:

  • grew very strongly over the past 5 years

  • is expected to grow strongly over the next five years

  • is likely to reach 20,500 by 2025.

 

Source: ABS Labour Force Survey, seasonally adjusted data to November 2020 and National Skills Commission Employment Projections to 2025. The number employed includes people who work in this occupation as their main job. People who work in more than one job are counted against the occupation they work the most hours in.

 

Employment Snapshot

  • Location: Child Care Centre Managers work in many regions of Australia.

  • Industries: Most work in Health Care and Social Assistance; Education and Training; and Public Administration and Safety.

  • Earnings: Full-time workers on an adult wage earn around $1,272 per week (below the average of $1,460). Earnings tend to be lower when starting out and higher as experience grows.

  • Full-time: Many work full-time (71%, higher than the average of 66%).

  • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 42 hours per week at work (compared to the average of 44 hours).

  • Age: The average age is 40 years (compared to the average of 40 years).

  • Gender: 92% of workers are female (compared to the average of 48%).

Government Funded: $0*

Traineeship: $0*

Full Fee: $12,448

Textbooks: $110 (Cost for textbooks to be born by the students if they wish to purchase either soft or hard copy).

 

Enrolment fees include additional resources required for the course and student ID charges.  For additional service fees, such as re-assessment fees, please refer to the Domestic Student Handbook.

This course is delivered with Victorian and Commonwealth government funding, to eligible candidates.
* Eligibility criteria applies.
^Eligibility criteria apply. Trainees may be eligible for State and/or Federal Funding.

  • National Code: CHC50121

  • Units: 12 core + 3 electives

  • Location: 9, 250 Collins Street, Melbourne, VIC, 3000 and 1/13 Watton Street, Werribee, VIC, 3030

  • Duration: 52 weeks

  • Work placement: 280 hours

  • Delivery Method: Classroom-based or traineeship

  • Assessment: Written, scenario, role play, portfolio, observation and workplace tasks

  • Prior experience: RPL & Credit Transfer is available

Students must have access to a computer or laptop to complete this qualification.

Entry to this qualification is open to individuals who hold either of the following qualifications:

  • CHC30121 Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care

  • CHC30113 Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care.

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) and Credit Transfer are available. Fees apply. Refer to the Domestic Student Handbook or contact us for more information on fees, terms and conditions.

Education/core skills

Students must complete a Pre-Training Review, meet the Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) skill standards for Certificate III level study and demonstrate that they are a suitable candidate for this course.

 

Age at commencement

It is recommended that students have attained the age of 18 by the course commencement date.

 

Students with disabilities

MCIE welcomes all people with disabilities, learning differences and medical conditions. Acceptance in this course is subject to candidates’ ability to undertake all course requirements as discussed in the Pre-Training Review, with reasonable adjustment where applicable.

 

Regulatory

All participants require a Unique Student Identification (USI) number. If you do not have a USI number you can apply for one online at https://www.usi.gov.au/students, or you can give MCIE’s admin staff permission to apply on your behalf.

 

Digital technology

Students are required to have sufficient digital literacy skills to access online content, enter answers to written questions and communicate with trainers via email, the student portal and the learning management system.

 

Prior experience

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) and Credit Transfer are available. Fees apply. Refer to the Domestic Student Handbook or contact us for more information on fees, terms and conditions.

Classroom Training

Training is delivered ‘face to face’ by qualified trainers and students are required to attend each scheduled class. The trainer will moderate the learning pace, method and sequence appropriate to the learning needs. Learning methods will vary and can include case study scenarios, field trips, ‘hands-on’ practical classes, role-play techniques, discussions, presentations and assignments.

 

Assessment

Assessment tasks and strategies cover a wide range of methods and may include the creation of specific written documents, projects or reports, formal questions (multiple-choice, short and long answer), practical demonstrations, small or large group tasks, oral presentations, problem-solving tasks, case studies and discussions. Broadly classroom assessments have two or three assessment tasks for each unit of competency or module.
As a general rule for major assessments, students are provided with task assessment instructions including the date the task is due for completion.

 

Work-placement

The work placement requirement of this qualification is 280 hours. MCIE will organise your work-placement with one of our host employers. It is a requirement that students obtain the following documents prior to commencing practical placement.

  • Police Check (at applicant expense – cost between $30 and $50 AUD)

  • Working with Children Check (minimum level required ‘voluntary’ which is at no cost)

This qualification is based on the principles, guidelines and standards set by the Australian Qualification Framework (AQF) and is recognised throughout Australia.

After graduating from this course you may apply to enter MCIE’s pathway into the Victoria University Bachelor of Early Childhood Education. Reducing the Bachelor from three years to two years.

MCIE Work Placement Officers will facilitate work placement for students into a children’s services environment.

Candidates may be required to provide evidence of the following for work placement (requirements vary according to host employer policies):

  • National Police Check

  • Working with Children Check

  • Flu vaccination, COVID-19 vaccinations and COVID-19 test

Core Units

CHCECE042 Foster holistic early childhood learning, development and wellbeing

CHCECE048 Plan and implement children’s education and care curriculum

CHCECE047 Analyse information to inform children’s learning

CHCECE043 Nurture creativity in children

CHCECE041 Maintain a safe and healthy environment for children

CHCECE049 Embed environmental responsibility in service operations

CHCPRP003 Reflect on and improve own professional practice

CHCECE045 Foster positive and respectful interactions and behaviour in children

CHCECE046 Implement strategies for the inclusion of all children

CHCECE050 Work in partnership with children’s families

CHCECE044 Facilitate compliance in a children’s education and care service

BSBTWK502 Manage team effectiveness

Elective Units

CHCPOL002 Develop and implement policy

CHCMGT003 Lead the work team

BSBSTR501 Establish innovative work environments

Nationally Recognised Training

This is Nationally Recognised Training,
leading to Australian Qualifications
Framework (AQF) qualification or a
Statement of Attainment.

The reviews

Very qualified and great support

Rated 5 out of 5
December 17, 2021

I am a student of MCIE, I am currently doing the Diploma in Early Childhood Education and Care, my trainer is Sumita and the centre is absolutely great and the trainer is well qualified and helps us in each and every step throughout the process. We are all already doing our work placement and they are providing us with traineeship programme in which you could start working while completing the course. It is a great opportunity and I am so happy I chose MCIE for doing my childhood degree.

Suganthi Krishna Prakash

Amazing faculty, structured courses and responsible staff

Rated 5 out of 5
November 24, 2021

I joined diploma in Early Childhood Education and Care. The course is well structured and the my trainer is very friendly. I like the way she is teaching. I definitely recommend this institute.

Radhika

The Diploma in ECEC service helped me to see the world from a whole new perspective

Rated 4 out of 5
October 13, 2021

Working in an ECEC service provided me an opportunity to make a real difference in the way a child approaches learning for life. You also get to encourage, nurture and support positive outcomes in children’s health, wellbeing and learning.

Mahvish

The Diploma of ECEC is the best way to further knowledge in Childcare.

Rated 5 out of 5
October 13, 2021

I studied the Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care and I am currently gaining hand on experience at the Childcare Centre. I truly enjoy this course and I am hopeful to land a job in the near future

Nithya Panicker

Diploma course is amazing thanks MCIE team

Rated 5 out of 5
October 13, 2021

The quality of education and support from all the staff and teachers is just amazing .

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