International Course Info

Course code:


Course fee:

A$56,000 - A$57,600


4 Years


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 world practical skills. As a graduate, you will have the expertise to thrive in a diverse environment as a teacher in preschools and long day care or gain employment in various roles in the children's and family services sector. There is also opportunity and scope to work within the Department of Education School systems.

The academic and theoretical content is supplemented by professional experience work placements which will allow you to apply what you've learned in a real world environment.

This degree qualification is an Australian Children's Education & Care Quality Authority (ACECQA) approved early childhood teaching course.

Learning Outcomes:
Through a mix of theory and practical course work, learn to:

  • Work closely with a range of age groups between birth and 5 years of age
  • Implement measures to 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
  • Work closely with interagency organisations and families to provide inclusive curricula for children who are gifted or require specialised programs

Course Outcomes:
Develop professional skills for your career:

  • Graduate with a bachelor's degree
  • Professional networking opportunities through work placement
  • The recognised qualification to work in the early childhood education and care industry
  • An industry-recognised qualification that will allow you to work as an early childhood teacher in Australia. Please refer to the Australian Children's Education & Care Quality Authority (ACECQA) website for further information.
  • The skills and knowledge to ensure the health and safety of children and to plan a stimulating curriculum
  • Graduates of the TAFE NSW Bachelor of Early Childhood Education and Care (Birth-5) will be eligible for an AITSL assessment for skilled migration.A successful AITSL assessment requires applicants to meet additional criteria to the qualification. Each application will be assessed on its merits against the nominated occupation criteria.

Professional Experience Work Placement
  • Work placement provides you with opportunities to respond to situations and circumstances that cannot be replicated in a learning or simulated environment. Work placement strengthens your training and supports continued learning and assessment in the workplace. Work placement is a valuable part of your course.
  • During your course, you'll undertake 805 hours (115 days) of mandatory work placement.
  • TAFE NSW will arrange your work placement with a suitable industry employer.

Before you Start Your Work Placement:
Before you start your professional experience work placement, you'll need to provide your teacher with the following evidence:


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When you study with TAFE NSW, we want you to succeed. Entry requirements allow us to make sure that you have the right pre-existing knowledgeand skills to achieve your chosen qualification. You will need to provide evidence that you meet the requirements listed in this section.

Academic Requirements:

  • Year 12 or equivalent
  • If you completed Year 12 in NSW (HSC), a Band 4 in 2 Unit English or equivalent is required.

English Language Requirements:
  • Academic IELTS 6.5 with no band score lower than 6.0 or equivalent


From mountains to oceans, from cities to country towns, international students can choose from a range of courses offered at multiple campus locations across the state. Experience our vibrant spaces such as libraries, cafes and gyms as well as places you can network and socialise.

Learn more about TAFE NSW study locations

LocationsStarting DatesCourse Fees
Glendale Feb , Jul A$56,000
Nirimba Feb , Jul A$56,000
Randwick Feb , Jul A$56,000
Shellharbour Feb , Jul A$56,000
St Leonards Feb , Jul A$56,000
LocationsStarting DatesCourse Fees
Glendale Feb , Jul A$57,600
Nirimba Feb , Jul A$57,600
Randwick Feb , Jul A$57,600
Shellharbour Feb , Jul A$57,600
St Leonards Feb , Jul A$57,600


Additional costs for uniforms, equipment, textbooks and materials (if applicable) range from A$300 - $1,000 per course.


To receive this course students must complete all core units and a range of Additional units. 

Note: Additional units may vary between each semester and campus, and will depend on a number of considerations including the packaging rules for the qualification and demand for the unit at that location. TAFE NSW does not guarantee that speciality units listed will be offered at each location and semester. You will receive your timetable from the teaching section on commencement and speciality units offered will be provided at that time.

  • Year 1
  • ECSFC101A - Professional, Cultural and Academic Practice
  • ECCDD101A - Health and Physical Wellbeing
  • ECCDD103A - Children’s Self-Identity and Family Contexts
  • ECCDD102A - Creativity in the Early Years
  • ECTPP102A - Play and Documentation
  • ECTPP101A - Holistic Child Development
  • ECPPL101A - Professional Experience 1 (Birth - 2 years)
  • ECSFC102A - Sustainability in Early Childhood
  • ECCWC101A - Nutrition, Health, Safety and Wellness
  • ECPPL102A - Professional Experience 2 (2 - 3 years)
  • Year 2
  • ECTPP203A - Brain Development and Cognitive Learning
  • ECTPP202A - Documentation, Planning and Assessment 2
  • ECCDD202A - Communication, Language and Literacy
  • ECCDD201A - Mathematics Education
  • ECCWC201A - Exceptional Children: Early Intervention
  • ECTPP201A - Documentation, Planning and Assessment 1
  • ECPPL201A - Professional Experience 3 (Birth-3 years)
  • ECSFC201A - Diverse Australia: Equity and Diversity
  • ECPPL202A - Professional Experience 4 (Preschool)
  • ECPPL203A - Manage an education and care service
  • Year 3
  • ECCDD303A - Music, Movement and Drama
  • ECCDD301A - Visual and Media Arts
  • ECTPP302A - Reflective and Professional Practice
  • ECTPP301A - Educational Psychology and Pedagogical Practice
  • ECPPL302A - Professional Experience 6 (3 - 5 years)
  • ECCWC301A - Gifted Education
  • ECPPL301A - Professional Experience 5 (Community Engagement)
  • ECSFC301A - Working with Families and Community Partnerships
  • ECCWC302A - Inclusive Practice and Principles in Early Childhood
  • ECCDD302A - Science and Technology
  • Year 4
  • ECTPP401A - Developing Early Childhood Curriculum
  • ECPPL402A - Professional Experience 8 (Early Childhood Leadership)
  • ECSFC401A - Advocacy, Social Justice and Professional Ethics
  • ECTPP402A - Philosophies, Ideologies and Theories of Education
  • ECPPL403A - Research in Early Childhood Education 1
  • ECPPL401A - Professional Experience 7 (Early Childhood Leadership)
  • ECPPL405A - Leadership and Management in Early Childhood
  • ECPPL404A - Research in Early Childhood Education 2
  • ECCWC401A - Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education
  • ECCDD401A - Multimodal Media and Digital Technology


From certificates to diplomas, degrees to study packages, you can take your study further with us.


On successful completion of the Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care students will be required to complete an additional unit Introduction to Academic Study (ECIAS200A), to receive a full credit that will reduce the duration of Bachelor of Early Childhood Education and Care (Birth 5) to 2.5 years.

  • The details of attendance and fee for this unit will be included in your Letter of Offer.
  • The 2024 fee for this unit is $1800 (subject to review every year), which is payable only at the time of commencement in the Bachelor of Early Childhood Education and Care (Birth 5)


Plan your study around your life with a TAFE NSW study package. Our study packages allow for multiple courses to be packaged together that can lead you to a TAFE NSW or an Australian University Bachelor Degree with credits. This gives you a one stop shop by completing your applications for the whole package through TAFE NSW allowing you to apply for one student Visa for the full duration of the package.

TAFE NSW allows for two or more courses to be packaged together leading to a TAFE NSW Bachelor Degree, either to meet the prerequisite requirements for a course or to plan your studies around your career goals. You can submit a single TAFE NSW application form and will be able to apply for one Student Visa for the full duration of the package.