Diploma of Children's Services (Early Childhood Education and Care)
About this course
Do you currently work in childcare and want to move into program management? This course is essential for anyone wanting to further their management career in early childhood care and education. You will learn to plan, implement and manage programs in early childhood services.
With this qualification you will be ready to continue your rewarding career in the early childhood care and education profession.
Current Government policy encourages existing staff to achieve the Diploma of Children's Services (Early Childhood Education and Care).
To enter this course, you must have completed or have the work-based equivalent skills of the units below from the Certificate III in Children's Services.
You can discuss your experience and knowledge with our training staff at any time.
Duration and/or dates
Classes are held one day a week for 18 months (full-time study).
Students must attend classes at both the Fulham and Bairnsdale campuses. Online study, self directed learning and project work are included in this study program.
There are 240 hours of placement which is delivered over two placement blocks or in your workplace.
How to apply
Enquiries and direct applications can be made by contacting a Student Advisor on 1300 133 717 or by email. You can also contact us by clicking the enquire button on this page.
For Semester 2015 applications via the Victorian Tertiary Admissions Centre (VTAC), you can apply directly for the Diploma of Children's Services if you are:
· NOT currently studying Year 12 in Australia; and
· Intending to submit an application only to Advance TAFE.
Applicants who are intending to apply to more than one institution and all current Year 12 students must apply through the Victorian Tertiary Admissions Centre (VTAC). This course is listed on page 119 of the VTAC Guide or on the VTAC website. The selection criteria and requirements published by VTAC apply to all applicants.
Contact a Student Advisor on 1300 133 717 for further information.
Career options are in children's services management, including:
· Children's services coordinator;
· Centre manager (children's services);
· Director (children's services);
· Early Childhood educator;
· Group/team coordinator/leader (children's services);
· Children's advisor;
· Program leader (children's services);
· Children's service director / manager;
· Child development worker.
Further study opportunities
Graduates can go on to study at the Advanced Diploma level.
Further study opportunities
Deakin at Your Doorstep
A huge advantage of studying this Diploma is that it can be studied in conjunction with the Deakin Associate Degree of Arts, Business and Sciences. This allows graduates to gain two qualifications!
The dual qualification delivers access to a range of Deakin degree courses with up to 18 months of credit.
· Advance TAFE higher education link.
· Deakin Associate Degree of Arts, Business and Sciences link.
Skills recognition (RPL)
Your existing skills and experience may provide credit towards this course. Click here to find out more or discuss your options with the course coordinator.
To attain this qualification a total of 18 units must be achieved; comprising 13 core units and 5 electives.