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

  • TAFE NSW code: HE20510V02-21RDW-115

Location – Randwick (Advanced Entry)

Study Type

PT Evening

Course Start Date

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Study Commitment

21 Hours per week


2.5 Years

  • Fee Help available
  • Non Government Subsidised

Course Details

The Bachelor of Early Childhood Education and Care (Birth - 5) is a four-year professional degree that qualifies you to work as a teacher in preschools and long day care as a four-year trained teacher, as well as preparing you for employment in other parts of the children's and family services sector. If you love working with children, this accredited four year teaching degree is for you.

As well as practical core units you will undertake a work placement each semester which will allow you to apply what you've learned in a real workplace setting. You will study child development and pedagogical practices, welfare, ethics, diversity and social justice. During work placements, you will have the opportunity to test your theoretical understanding in a real workplace.


  • Students seeking employment in an early childhood centre will need to complete a senior first aid course to meet WorkCover requirements.
  • Students wishing to later register as a teacher for work in primary or secondary education, may also need the Higher School Certificate General Mathematics minimum Band 4 or completion of Mathematics (2 Unit).
  • Where a student does not meet this requirement they can enrol with TAFE NSW to complete the requirement.

Further information about this course is available on the TAFE NSW Degrees website

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 knowledge and skills to achieve your chosen qualification. You will need to provide evidence that you meet the requirements listed in this section.

Applicants are required to hold, at minimum, one of the following to be considered eligible for admission:

  • a NSW HSC* (Higher School Certificate) or equivalent OR
  • a recognised Tertiary Preparation Certificate OR
  • a qualification from a Registered Training Organisation at Certificate IV level or above OR
  • the completion of at least one year full-time or equivalent in a degree course at a higher education institution.
  • This course requires you to have achieved English at Band 4 level or higher in your HSC. If you do not have Band 4 in English you may need to complete an IELTS test at your own expense and achieve the appropriate score as outlined in the entry requirements to be eligible for entry to this degree

International applicants must meet proof of eligibility and course entry requirements. In addition, international applicants whose first language is not English must demonstrate English proficiency at a minimum

  • IELTS level of 6.5 with a minimum level of 6 in any one band OR
  • TOEFL (Paper based test): Minimum 580 overall, with 53 Listening, 52 Reading, 59 Structure/ Written Expression, 5.0 TWE, OR
  • TOEFL (Computer based test): Minimum 237 overall, with 19 Listening, 19 Reading, 25 Structure/Writing, OR
  • TOEFL (Internet based test): Minimum 92 overall, with 18 Listening, 17 Reading, 22 Writing, 22 Speaking

Further information please check the TAFE NSW International Australia website for details on fees and enrolment processes for international students.

This course requires students to complete eight workplacements. Before students can go out on workplacement, they need to get a WWCC at their own expense. Students who do not have a WWCC cannot go on workplacement and as such will not be able to complete course requirements.

A Diploma of Children's Services (Early Childhood Education and Care) or equivalent

A three year full time Bachelor of Teaching Early Childhood or equivalent

If you do not meet the minimum eligibility requirements for this course, you may be able to apply for entry into this course based on mature age or disadvantage. Contact the course coordinator for details of evidence that you should attach to your application.

Students seeking employment in an early childhood centre will need to complete a senior first aid course to meet WorkCover requirements.


With 130 locations across the state, TAFE NSW tailors qualifications to meet the needs of the local community and specific student groups (like apprentices, fast-tracked and online students). To make sure this course is the right fit for you, we will need you to demonstrate that you can meet the additional requirements below.

To be enrolled in this course, you need to be able to provide evidence that you are:

  • a completed Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care and a Working with Children Check number

To successfully complete this course, you will need:

  • to complete 25 subjects over a 2.5 year period. You will also need to complete a COMPULSORY Academic Bridging course which is delivered during orientation week
  • 5 Professional Experience placements in a variety of early childhood and community based settings

To register for an information session, head to Students who cannot attend the Information Session please make an online enquiry or contact us on 131 601 for more information about the course!


There are no information sessions currently scheduled for this course


This is a full time, face to face course. You will need to attend approximately over 3 days a week. This course is currently scheduled on Wednesday, Thuursday and Friday from 09:0am to 04:00pm. This timetable may change and will be confirmed by your teacher.


This course offering is designed for people who:

  • would like to work as an Educator, Room Leader, Educational Leader or Director of an Early Childhood Service or Manager
  • Have completed Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care and have a Working with Children Check number


Textbooks will need to be purchased.The Academic Bridging course cannot be claimed as part of a fee help loan and so must be paid in advance or in instalments. The cost is approximately $950.


There are additional learning and study tools available for this course, including:

  • counselling, Tutorial Support, Library

We offer student services and study support to ensure you can achieve your goals. Learn about TAFE NSW Student Services

As a TAFE NSW student in this course, you will have access to:

  • LinkedIn Learning (formerly
  • Smarthinking - after hours online study support service
  • Easy computing online short courses
  • Access to local TAFE libraries
  • Accessibility and Disability Support Services
  • Access to Read&Write learning support software at TAFE and at home

To keep you safe while studying, some of our face to face classes may be replaced with online or connected learning. We have also modified our face to face classes to meet physical distancing requirements and increased cleaning on campus. As restrictions ease, the way you attend your class may change again. If work placement and the demonstration of practical skills are requirements of your course, due to the impacts of COVID-19 there may be a delay or modification in being able to undertake these aspects of your course in the planned timeframe. Be assured, we'll keep you informed every step of the way.

An individual training plan will be provided when you enrol in this course. Your plan will outline the recommended study timetable and detail your units and assessments.

Fees are calculated each semester on a per subject basis. See the TAFE NSW Higher Education Tuition Fees Schedule for details.

FEE-HELP is a student loan scheme funded by the Commonwealth Government to help eligible students pay their tuition fees. Find out more Study Assist website

International student tuition fees are subject to the TAFE NSW Australia course fee structure. For further information please check the TAFE NSW International Australia website for details on fees and enrolment processes for international students.

In addition to tuition fees, there may be additional resource and/or field trip fees to undertake this course.
Students may also be required to purchase textbooks for each subject they are enrolled in. The Academic Bridging course cannot be claimed as part of a fee help loan and so must be paid in advance or in instalments. The cost is approximately $950.

Instalment payment options are available for this course. Learn about TAFE NSW Fees.

Eligible students can apply for a FEE-HELP student loan to allow you to study this course now and pay later. Find out more about Help with Fees.

Recognition is a process of acknowledging previously completed qualifications, skills, knowledge or experience relevant to your course. This may reduce the amount of learning required, reduce your course fees and allow you to achieve your qualification faster.

Learn about TAFE NSW Recognition.

Enrolments for this course have now closed.

Enquire now and we will contact you when enrolments open. Visit our Online Courses to view our range of study options that you can start anytime.

Core Units
Number Title
ECCWC401A Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education
ECSFC401A Advocacy, Social Justice and Professional Ethics
ECTPP203A Brain Development and Cognitive Learning
ECCDD103A Children’s Self-Identity and Family Contexts
ECCDD202A Communication, Language and Literacy
ECCDD102A Creativity in the Early Years
ECTPP401A Developing Early Childhood Curriculum
ECSFC201A Diverse Australia: Equity and Diversity
ECTPP201A Documentation, Planning and Assessment 1
ECTPP202A Documentation, Planning and Assessment 2
ECTPP301A Educational Psychology and Pedagogical Practice
ECCWC201A Exceptional Children: Early Intervention
ECCWC301A Gifted Education
ECCDD101A Health and Physical Wellbeing
ECTPP101A Holistic Child Development
ECCWC302A Inclusive Practice and Principles in Early Childhood
ECPPL405A Leadership and Management in Early Childhood
ECPPL203A Manage an education and care service
ECCDD201A Mathematics Education
ECCDD401A Multimodal Media and Digital Technology
ECCDD303A Music, Movement and Drama
ECCWC101A Nutrition, Health, Safety and Wellness
ECTPP402A Philosophies, Ideologies and Theories of Education
ECTPP102A Play and Documentation
ECPPL101A Professional Experience 1 (Birth - 2 years)
ECPPL102A Professional Experience 2 (2 - 3 years)
ECPPL201A Professional Experience 3 (Birth-3 years)
ECPPL202A Professional Experience 4 (Preschool)
ECPPL301A Professional Experience 5 (Community Engagement)
ECPPL302A Professional Experience 6 (3 - 5 years)
ECPPL401A Professional Experience 7 (Early Childhood Leadership)
ECPPL402A Professional Experience 8 (Early Childhood Leadership)
ECSFC101A Professional, Cultural and Academic Practice
ECTPP302A Reflective and Professional Practice
ECPPL403A Research in Early Childhood Education 1
ECPPL404A Research in Early Childhood Education 2
ECCDD302A Science and Technology
ECSFC102A Sustainability in Early Childhood
ECCDD301A Visual and Media Arts
ECSFC301A Working with Families and Community Partnerships
Elective Units
Number Title
ECIAS200A Introduction to Academic Study

Note: Not all elective units listed may be available to study, please enquire for more information.

Graduates will be able to work as early childhood teachers in long day care, preschools, integrated child and family services, and early intervention services.

Whether you're a school leaver, an aspiring apprentice, looking to kickstart a career, or you're upskilling, reskilling, or re-training, there's a TAFE NSW course to give you the skills you need for the job you want.

Course Location

Randwick, Main Campus
Corner of Darley Road & King Street, Randwick
Phone 131 601

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