This short course prepares you for leadership and management roles in the early childhood sector. You’ll gain skills and knowledge that will enable you to successfully lead, manage, mentor and advocate in a variety of contexts. If you enjoy working with children and families and want to build the skills and confidence to grow your career, this 12-week course could be for you.
Through a mixture of theory and practical course work, learn to:
Analyse and apply the current principles, practices, theories and styles of leadership in early childhood education and care settings
Examine current management processes in early childhood settings and evaluate their impact on professional practice
Develop and implement conflict resolution strategies
Evaluate your impact on professional practice
Design procedures around staff recruitment and build teams
Develop your professional decision-making skills
Manage change in the workplace
Develop specialist skills to gain an advantage in the job market
A nationally recognised microcredential in Leadership and Management in Early Childhood
The skills and knowledge to lead and manage teams and operations in the early childhood environment
The confidence and experience to design procedures around building strong and effective teams
This course requires evidence of previous experience or study before you can enrol
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
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
To be prepared for this course, we recommend that you have:
Knowledge of early childhood education and care environments
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 ability to work with people in difficult situations and circumstances
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.
Our graduates go onto roles like: early childhood (pre-primary school) teacher, preschool 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.
Take your study further with other courses offered at TAFE NSW:
Alternative pathways into this course
Advance your skills to take your career to the next level
Strengthen your expertise and expand your employability
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 1 subject.
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 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
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