Diploma of Children's Services
(Early Childhood Education and Care)
|Department:||Centre for Community Wellbeing|
|Study Area(s):||Children's Services|
|Course Length:||Full-time (1 year, 6 months)|
Part-time night (2 years)
|Direct Entry:||You can apply for this course directly through Kangan Institute.|
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Kangan Institute 2013 Diploma and Advanced Diploma tuition fees
This course is designed to prepare students to be responsible for the planning and implementation of quality programs for children to best meet their developmental needs.
Please note: the fees listed below relate to only 2013 courses.
|Government Subsidised||Indigenous Concession||Full fee|
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# Average tuition fees are based on the typical number of student contact hours undertaken by a student to complete this course. Average fees displayed are purely indicative and may not be your actual fee. Fees vary based on the number/hours of electives chosen by the student. Click here to view maximum tuition fees. We strongly urge you to contact us for a more exact calculation of your fees. Additional fees may apply such as student services and IT fees. Click here to view 2013 Student Services and IT fees.
Diploma and advanced diploma students are no longer eligible for a concession or exemption of tuition fees however VET FEE HELP is available to eligible students. Aboriginal/Torres Strait Islander students can continue accessing concession rates at all program levels (including diploma and advanced diploma).
If you have to undertake training as part of Skills Recognition, your tuition fees are charged according to the applicable rate per Student Contact Hour depending on your eligibility for government subsidised, Indigenous concession or full fees. For more information about our fees structure, click here.
What costs and other fees should I expect?
Contact us on 13 TAFE (13 8233) or firstname.lastname@example.org for a fee schedule. The Federal Government has committed to paying the tuition fees for the Diploma studies until 2014. There will be extra costs for Institute fees, reference books or specialised materials.
What employment opportunities will I have?
Employment opportunities are extremely high with a 'skills shortage' of Diploma trained workers, particularly in the long day care field. A graduate may apply for positions in day care centres as EarlyChildhood Educators, in playgroups as program facilitators, in private homes as nannies, in out of school hours care as program leaders and in other children's services.
What skills will I have when I complete this course?
You will gain skills to work with infants and children from birth to eight years of age and gain the essential employability skills required to work effectively within a team and lead a room within a children's service.
What qualifications will I receive?
As part of the Australian Qualifications Framework this program is nationally recognised. On successful completion you will be awarded the Diploma of Childrens Services (Early Childhood Education and Care).
What opportunities for further studies will I have?
Kangan Institute students who graduate with a Diploma of Children's Services are able to take advantage of the pathways arrangement with both Victoria University and Monash University. Students can receive advanced standing (credit) in the form of course credit points towards a bachelor qualification. Each university study unit carries a credit point value.
As of 03/2010, students who have graduated with the Diploma of Children's Services can utilise advanced standing pathways in the following bachelor degrees:
- Bachelor of Early Childhood Studies (BECS) [Subject to standard Monash application and enrolment procedures]
- Bachelor of Early Childhood Education (BECEd) [Subject to standard Monash application and enrolment procedures]
Victoria University (VU)
- Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood/Primary) [Pathway and credit for 12 months/8 units]
Can I apply?
Applicants without a Certificate III in Children's Services need to apply for both Certificate III and Diploma as the Certificate III is stage one of the Diploma qualification.
Applicants without current childcare experience are encouraged to do one day voluntary work experience in a child care centre to understand the child care worker role.
How do I apply?
Apply online or with an application form from the Customer Service Centre.
No VTAC application is required.
How will I be selected for this course?
Applicants must complete a Certificate III prior to enrolling in the Diploma competencies and can enrol into both the Certificate III and Diploma courses. February intake now closed.
Selection for the 2013 course requires attendance at an information session.
How long is the course?
The Diploma competencies are delivered over 18 months beginning with the year one competencies in August 2013 once the Certificate III competencies have been completed.
The year two competencies start in Feb 2014.
The full-time course is approximately 25 hours a week.
The part-time course is offered two nights a week over two years once the Certificate III has been achieved.
Where and how can I study?
Full-time classes are held at the Broadmeadows campus over four days from 9am to 4pm.
Part-time classes are held two nights per week - Mondays and Thursdays from 6pm to 9.15pm.
How will I be assessed?
Assessment is a necessary part of this program to show that you have achieved the skills and knowledge set out in the competency standards. You may be assessed by demonstration, written work, projects, case studies, log books, on-the-job and off-the-job tasks, supervisor reports, or a combination of these methods. You will be informed in advance about the assessment procedure and criteria.
For enquiries phone us on 13 TAFE (13 8233) or 03 9279 2222.
What will I study?
Development, health, communication and interaction, programming and professional studies.
Applicants will be required to enrol in the Certificate III in Children's Services prior to enrolling in the Diploma as these competencies are prerequisite to the Diploma delivery and will enable the students to receive a dual qualification.