Start anytime * eligibility criteria apply, material fees may apply


Start anytime * eligibility criteria apply, material fees may apply

Childcare Employability Starts at ITHEA

As the population of Victoria continues to grow, so too does the demand for highly skilled childcare workers. More than ever, childcare centres are seeking out the best educators that are highly qualified and trained in early childhood education and care. Which is why obtaining the right qualification is crucial to both your employability and the education needs of children in childcare.

Our Focus

A long and rewarding career in childcare begins in the classroom. At ITHEA, our courses are structured to meet the standards of Victorian childcare centres. We give students flexibility with their studies, with both online and in-class study options available. Our courses are taught by industry professionals who have a wealth of experience working in early childhood education and care.


At ITHEA, we offer prospective students both the Certificate III and Diploma level courses. Both qualifications are highly regarded within the industry, and employers value the skills our students gain from studying our courses.

Real World Learning Environments

In order to obtain a qualification, all students are required to undertake practical placement at one of our affiliated long day care centres. Students enrolled in the Certificate must complete a minimum 120 hours of practical placement, while in the Diploma they must complete a minimum of 240 hours. Students are assessed in the workplace.


Prior to undertaking placement, students must have a valid Working with Children check.


Students undertake placement at Long Day care centres in both metropolitan Melbourne and regional Victoria.

Increased Employment Opportunities

ITHEA is a member of the Australian Childcare Alliance of Victoria (ACAV) and we have established long-standing relationships with long day care centres around Melbourne. As such, our students and graduates of both courses are in high demand from our affiliated childcare centres.


Upon successful completion of their studies, many of our students receive employment offers from the centres they undertake placement at, or continue on to further study. With the job outlook in the industry increasing over the next few years, it is more important than ever that you receive the right education and training.


Whether you are a recent high school graduate or looking for a new challenge, a career in childcare is right for you. Gain valuable skills and training from industry leaders in real-world learning environments. For more information about our Child Care Courses / Early Childhood Education and Care, contact ITHEA today on (03) 9650 3900 or visit our website.


“I really couldn’t have asked for a better institute to complete my Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care. It’s been so amazing from the teachers to the friends I’ve made. The multi-cultural environment makes learning even more exciting and interesting.


The teachers are very experienced in their field and the classroom delivery system lays a strong foundation for people interested in Early Childhood Education and Care.


Special thanks to Suzie who is not just an amazing teacher but always willing to extend all the support when needed.”