Course code: MHE20510IN

    Inclusive Practice and Principles in Early Childhood

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    OverviewAbout this course

    Learn how to facilitate the inclusion of diverse children in an early childhood education and care setting. Gain practical strategies to implement inclusive teaching methods and promote effective collaboration with families and professionals, such as therapists. This short course will build your capability to better support, empower and educate children with diverse backgrounds and abilities.

    OutcomesWhat you'll gain

    Learning outcomes

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

    • Understand and include the needs of diverse children in the context of early childhood education and care, with a particular focus on children who experience disability

    • Collaborate and develop effective partnerships with families of children as well as with professionals from other disciplines such as therapists

    • Implement appropriate teaching strategies to support inclusive practices

    • Establish and strengthen inclusive thinking and teaching practices

    • Determine teaching styles and strategies for engaging with children with diverse needs

    Course outcomes

    Develop specialist skills to gain an advantage in the job market

    • A microcredential in Inclusive Practice and Principles in Early Childhood

    • The ablity to exhibit and critique historical and contemporary inclusive education research and practices

    • The experience to justify the importance of family perspectives and community networks in early childhood inclusive education

    • The confidence to critically engage in, and apply, inclusive pedagogy and strategies for including children with diverse needs

    • The knowledge to engage in deep critical thinking and reflective practice about concepts, theories and practices surrounding inclusive education

    SuitabilityIs 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 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 children and families with diverse backgrounds, abilities and needs

    • 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

    • The time to attend a 5 1/2 hour orientation before class commences

    • Decision-making skills and the ability to respond and act quickly in situations

    • 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.

    PathwaysFuture career and study options

    Career pathways

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

    Take your study further with other courses offered at TAFE NSW:

    Further study0 Courses

    Advance your skills to take your career to the next level

    The Inclusive Practice and Principles in Early Childhood does not have any post-graduate courses.

    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.

    SubjectsSubjects 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 servicesFacilities 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

    • Student associations – get social with our student community

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