Course code: HE20540V01

Undergraduate Certificate in Early Childhood Inclusive Practices

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Overview About this course

In this short course, you’ll gain the tools and knowledge to support and empower children with special needs. If you’re passionate about teaching and want to work with children with disability, who are gifted, or who face additional challenges, this is a highly regarded qualification that can support your professional goals. If you’ve studied the Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care, you’ll be adding to your skillset with this Undergraduate Certificate.

Course duration

6 months full time or 1 year part time

Outcomes What you'll gain

Learning outcomes

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

  • Understand the complexities and needs of diverse community groups

  • Establish family and community partnerships, networks and professional relationships to support the development of a learning community

  • Observe, evaluate and reflect on your own pedagogical decision-making processes, think critically and respond to feedback to inform future work

  • Understand the particular requirements of children with additional needs and diagnosed disabilities

  • Create individual education programs and reports (IEP)

  • Collaborate with external professionals to provide individualised programs and support to children and families

Course outcomes

Develop specialist skills to gain an advantage in the job market

  • Graduate with an Undergraduate Certificate (AQF 5)

  • An Undergraduate Certificate in Early Childhood Inclusive Practices

  • Confidence to apply inclusive teaching and strategies for children with diverse needs

  • The ability to further your education and get recognition of prior learning (RPL) when enrolling in the Bachelor of Early Childhood Education and Care (Birth-5)

  • This course has been accredited by the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA)

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 the following:

  • Completion of a diploma or higher qualification in early childhood education and care


  • 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:

  • Good digital literacy and access to a computer and the internet

  • 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

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

  • Decision making skills and the ability to respond and act quickly

  • The ability to improve quality educational outcomes for children and provide support for families

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:

Child Care Worker

Child Care Workers provide care and supervision for children in programs, such as long day care and occasional care, in childcare centres, hospitals and educational centres.

  • Full-time share Full-time workers usually work 35 hours or more a week (in all their jobs combined).


  • Employment size Employment size is the number of workers who do this as their main job.

    33,500 workers

  • Average age This is the average age of all workers in this job.

    35 years

  • Weekly pay Median earnings are shown for full-time, non-managerial employees paid at the adult rate, before tax or any amounts that are salary sacrificed. These figures are a guide to earnings only and should not be used to determine a wage rate.


  • Average full-time The average full-time hours that people in this role work each week.

    40 hours

  • Skill level rating Skill level ratings are based on the range and complexity of job roles. In general, the higher the skill level, the more formal education and training, previous experience or on-the-job training needed to be good at the job.


  • Gender share

    96% female

  • Future growth The Department of Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business estimates the likely change in number of workers in this role, or industry, over the next 5 years. Future growth is the likely percentage change compared to all other job roles.

    Strong Growth

Other jobs include: child care worker, early childhood educator, educational leader , early childhood director, nominated supervisor and education support teacher aide.


You will need to have a current Working With Children Check clearance, National Police 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. See the Education and Care Services National Regulations for more information.

Study pathways

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Subjects Subjects in this course

Completion of this course requires you to successfully complete 4 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

      • Student associations – get social with our student community

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      There are a total of 4 information sessions planned for this course. They'll take place at different locations across the state.

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