Course code: HE20610

Bachelor of Early Childhood Education and Care (Birth-5)

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Overview About this course

The TAFE NSW Bachelor of Early Childhood Education and Care (Birth-5) combines theory with real world practical skills. This degree has a strong focus on applied learning and provides a pathway to pursue a career as a qualified teacher in early childhood education. Combine your enjoyment for working with children, child development and pedagogical practices, ethics and social justice.

Research tells us the first five years of a child's life are absolutely critical, laying the groundwork for lifelong success. Our degree emphasises the profound impact early experiences have on cognitive, emotional, and social development, offering a unique opportunity to shape every child's future in your role as an early childhood teacher.

The Bachelor of Early Childhood Education and Care (Birth-5) from TAFE NSW Higher Education will develop your understanding of contemporary research-based early childhood principles and practice. You’ll study children's development, language and literacies, STEM, Indigenous education, leadership, inclusive and gifted education, health and wellbeing, and the arts in the early years.

TAFE NSW Higher Education has a strong reputation of ensuring our classes are smaller in size, highly practical and focused on allowing you to apply your knowledge as you learn. We offer expert and dedicated staff, fostering an environment where every student can flourish in their educational journey.

As a graduate, you'll have the expertise to thrive as a teacher in preschools and long daycare, or be employed in various roles in the children’s and family services sector. This course is an ACECQA approved early childhood teaching degree.

Course duration

4 years full time or 8 years part time

CRICOS Code

075653J

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Outcomes What you'll gain

Learning outcomes

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

  • Apply child development knowledge to design effective learning experiences for ages birth to 5

  • Establish meaningful connections through well developed communication and observation skills

  • Plan, implement and evaluate developmentally appropriate programs fostering holistic development and creativity

  • Reflect critically and apply evidence-based practices to address diverse learning needs

  • Develop leadership and advocacy skills for active contribution to the early childhood education sector

Course outcomes

Develop specialist skills to gain an advantage in the job market

  • An Australian Children's Education and Care Quality Authority (ACECQA) recognised bachelor's degree

  • An applied specialised body of knowledge within the professional and practical context of early childhood education

  • Confidence to effectively communicate within the field using a diverse range of texts and media to enhance interaction with children, families and colleagues

  • Demonstrated interpersonal, teamwork and leadership skills specifically tailored for the collaborative and nurturing environment of early childhood education settings

  • Efficient problem solving skills and the ability to employ innovative, critical and creative thinking to address challenges inherent in early childhood education

  • Cultivated attitudes and attributes conducive to lifelong learning, with the ability to recognise the evolving nature of the early childhood education field

  • Embodied social justice principles, ethical awareness and a commitment to environmental sustainability

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) 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 6 in English to be eligible for entry to this degree OR

  • A Certificate IV in Tertiary Preparation or its equivalent OR

  • A Certificate IV or higher vocational qualification OR

  • Successful completion of at least one year full-time (or equivalent) study in a course at a higher education institution

Advanced Standing:

  • Students who have completed a nationally recognised 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 of Early Childhood Education and Care (Birth-5).

  • Students who have completed a nationally recognised Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care plus the elective TAFE NSW ECIAS200A Introduction to Academic Study will get credit for 18 months of the degree and will require only 2 1/2 years (full time) to complete the Bachelor of Early Childhood Education and Care (Birth-5).

Note:

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

Completion requirements

During your study you’ll need to provide your teacher with the following evidence:

  • A Working with Children Check (WWCC)

  • Vaccination and health screenings

  • Any additional evidence your work placement provider requires

Entry recommendations

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.

  • If you need help preparing for study, contact us about your options.

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 teacher, service educational leader , coordinator/leader of a multi-service hub or facility , family day care coordination unit educator or manager and child and family services support worker or manager. NOTE: This degree is also a stepping stone to higher degree studies, and may lead to an academic research or teaching career.

Licensing

In order to work in the childcare sector, 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.

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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 achieve your qualification faster.

Students who have completed a nationally recognised 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 of Early Childhood Education and Care (Birth-5).

Students who have completed a nationally recognised Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care plus the elective TAFE NSW ECIAS200A Introduction to Academic Study will get credit for 18 months of the degree and will require only 2 1/2 years (full time) to complete the Bachelor of Early Childhood Education and Care (Birth-5).

Subjects Subjects in this course

Completion of this course requires you to successfully complete 32 subjects (320 credit points) made up of 32 core subjects.

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

      • LinkedIn Learning – an online resource which offers innovative courses and tutorials to improve your personal and professional skills

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