Pursue a career as a qualified teacher in early childcare education and combine your love for working with children, child development and pedagogical practices, welfare, ethics and social justice. The TAFE NSW Bachelor of Early Childhood Education and Care (Birth-5) combines theory with real-life practical skills. As a graduate, you will have the expertise to thrive in a diverse environment as a teacher in preschools and long daycare or gain employment in various roles in the children’s and family services sector.
Through a mixture of theory and practical course work, learn to:
Work closely with a range of age groups between birth and 5 years of age
Ensure the health and safety of every child is the highest priority
Plan the curriculum for children aged 0-5
Develop positive, responsive relationships with children aged 0-5
Lead and manage early childhood services
Develop specialist skills to gain an advantage in the job market
A qualification at Bachelor Degree level
The recognised qualification to work in the early childhood education and care industry
The skills and knowledge to ensure the health and safety of children and to plan a stimulating curriculum
This course requires evidence of previous experience or study before you can enrol
A NSW Higher School Certificate (HSC) with English at HSC band 4 level or its equivalent. If you do not have a band 4 in English, you may need to complete an IELTS test at your own expense and achieve a band 4 in English to be eligible or
A Certificate IV in Tertiary Preparation or its equivalent or
A completed certificate IV or higher vocational qualification
Students who have completed a Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care will get credit for the first year of the degree and will require only 3 years (full time) to complete the Bachelor
Students who have completed a Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care plus the mandated TAFE NSW bridging subject will get credit for 18 months of the degree and will require only 2 1/2 years (full time) to complete the Bachelor
Your certificates, transcripts and other entry requirement evidence must be certified through a Justice of the Peace or other authorising officer
During your study you’ll need to provide your teacher with the following evidence:
This course requires you to complete theoretical subjects as well as 8 industry work placements.
A Working With Children Check (WWCC)
Vaccination and health screenings (COVID-19 double vaccination)
Any additional evidence your work placement provider requires
To be prepared for this course, we recommend that you have:
An interest in working with children and their families across a range of service types
Interpersonal skills to communicate with children and family members
The ability to work as part of a collaborative team
Patience and adaptability
High energy, commitment and dedication to your career
Decision-making skills and the ability to respond and act quickly in situations
The ability to undertake approximately 5-6 extra hours of individual study per week
A PC or laptop to access study materials and complete your assessments. You can access this equipment on campus, however it is highly recommended you have your own equipment available
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.
Our graduates go onto roles like:
Early Childhood (Pre-Primary School) Teachers teach the basics of numeracy, literacy, music, art and literature to early childhood (pre-primary) students and promote students' social, emotional, intellectual and physical development.
Other jobs include: Preschool teacher, Long daycare teacher, Childcare centre director, Family support specialist and Policy advisor
In order to work in the childcare industry, you must complete a First Aid certificate including CPR, anaphylaxis, and asthma awareness training to meet WorkCover requirements. Additionally, all staff must have participated in Child Protection Awareness Training (induction) when commencing their roles. This is a short course that focuses on recognising and responding to the suspected risks of harm to children and young people resulting from parent or carer concerns. The course codes are CHCPRT001 – Identify and Respond to Children and Young People at Risk and/or CHCPRT002 - Support the rights and safety of children and young people Childcare licensing requirements vary from state to state.
Take your study further with other courses offered at TAFE NSW:
The Bachelor of Early Childhood Education and Care (Birth-5) does not have any pre-requisite courses.
The Bachelor of Early Childhood Education and Care (Birth-5) does not have any post-graduate courses.
The Bachelor of Early Childhood Education and Care (Birth-5) does not have any related courses.
At TAFE NSW, we recognise your previous study and work experience. You can apply for recognition of prior learning (https://www.tafensw.edu.au/enrol/recognition-credit-transfers) or a credit transfer with any of our courses. If you're successful you'll get your qualification faster.
Completion of this course requires you to successfully complete 40 subjects (320 credit points) made up of 40 core 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.
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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
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