Course code: MHE20510AT

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education - Early Childhood

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Overview About this course

This short course is designed to provide you with an introduction to Culturally sensitive ways of guiding and nurturing Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander children. Gain insight into Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Peoples’ Cultures, histories, kinship systems and connection to Country, and develop an understanding of how this knowledge can support you to implement teaching strategies that promote inclusion and engagement.

Outcomes What you'll gain

Learning outcomes

Through a mixture of theory and practical course work, learn to:

  • Understand and appreciate the diverse Cultures and ways of learning of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Peoples

  • Implement culturally appropriate and meaningful curriculum learning opportunities

  • Embed Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Culture and perspectives in early childhood education

  • Compare current and future policy directions and initiatives in Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander education for equity and social justice in early childhood education

  • Develop your understanding of diverse Cultures, practices and beliefs in relation to Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Peoples

  • Develop a Reconciliation Action Plan

  • Guide staff, families and children in truth-telling related to the history of Australia and its Peoples

Course outcomes

Develop specialist skills to gain an advantage in the job market

  • A microcredential in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education - Early Childhood

  • The knowledge to compare current and future policy directions and initiatives in Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander education for equity and social justice in early childhood education

  • The skills to apply knowledge of curriculum and teaching strategies for embedding Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander perspectives in early childhood education

Suitability Is this course right for you?

Entry requirements

This course requires evidence of previous experience or study before you can enrol

You must demonstrate that you have achieved one of the following:

  • A NSW Higher School Certificate (HSC) or its equivalent or

  • A Certificate IV in Tertiary Preparation or its equivalent or

  • A completed certificate IV or higher vocational qualification

You must also:

  • Attend a pre-admission interview where you may also be asked to complete a short literacy and numeracy task - this helps us to understand how we can support your study success and provide you with any necessary support


  • Your certificates, transcripts and other entry requirement evidence must be certified through a Justice of the Peace or other authorising officer

Entry recommendations

To be prepared for this course, we recommend that you have:

  • An interest in working with Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander children and families

  • A current First Aid Certificate including CPR, anaphylaxis and asthma awareness training to meet WorkCover requirements

  • The Child Protection Awareness Training (induction) Unit of Competence CHCPRT001 – Identify and respond to children and young people at risk of harm

  • An understanding of culturally safe practices and ways to communicate respectfully

  • Awareness that you’ll need to attend a 5 1/2 hour orientation before class commences

  • The ability to improve quality outcomes for children, families, colleagues, and services

You do not require an ATAR score for entry into this course.

If you are unable to meet the entry requirements, you may be eligible for special admission.

Please continue with your application and you will be guided to identify as mature aged (at least 21 years old in your first year of study) or disadvantaged (disability, serious or chronic illness, interrupted education, lack of support for study, serious personal problems and/or serious family responsibilities). Please contact us to find out more.

TAFE NSW is committed to meeting the learning needs of every community. Meeting these needs can mean there are additional entry requirements at different campus locations. Check your preferred location for further requirements. If you need help preparing for study, contact us to find out how we can support you.

Pathways Future career and study options

Career pathways

Our graduates go onto roles like: early childhood (pre-primary school) teacher, preschool teacher, early childhood teacher, long daycare teacher, childcare centre director, family support specialist and policy advisor.


You will need to have a current Working With Children Check and all necessary vaccinations that your workplace may require to work in the early childhood education sector. Childcare licensing requirements vary from state to state. The Education and Care Services national regulations can be found here.

Study pathways

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Your experience counts

At TAFE NSW, we recognise your previous study and work experience. You can apply for recognition of prior learning ( or a credit transfer with any of our courses. If you're successful you'll get your qualification faster.

Subjects Subjects in this course

Completion of this course requires you to successfully complete 1 subject.

Core Subjects

    Elective Subjects

      Note: Some courses offer the opportunity to choose subjects from the complete suite of Higher Education electives that are delivered by TAFE NSW. Once you’ve enrolled, contact your Course Coordinator to discuss tailoring your course to align with your interests and goals.

      TAFE NSW services Facilities and support

      TAFE NSW provides support services across all campus locations and online. Whatever your needs or circumstances, we have the people, resources, counselling and facilities to support you in focusing on your studies.

      • TAFE NSW Disability Support Service

      • TAFE NSW Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) support

      • TAFE NSW Aboriginal Support; Learner support (ABE)

      • TAFE NSW Careers, Counselling and Pathways Service

      • TAFE NSW Libraries

      • Scholarship programs – be supported as you explore your talents and fulfil your potential

      • Read&Write literacy and study support software is available free for all TAFE NSW students to use while studying on campus and at home

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