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

  • TAFE NSW code: HE20510V02-22RDW-022

Location – Randwick (Diploma ECEC Advanced Entry):Full time, on.


Full Time


On campus

Course Start Date

14 Feb 2022

Study Commitment

18 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.
You will study child development and pedagogical practices, welfare, ethics, diversity and social justice. As well as core units you will undertake a practical work placement each semester which will allow you to apply what you've learned in a real workplace setting. During work placements, you will have the opportunity to test your theoretical understanding in a real workplace.
This course requires the completion of 32 classroom based theory subjects and 8 practical placements (40 subjects in total). Full time students typically enrol in 4 theory subjects each semester and complete one work placement at the end of each semester.

  • In order to complete work placements, students will be required to have a current working with children check.
  • 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).
    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 study at university or accredited 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.

Please add this additional information in the special admissions information also:
All early childhood education and care educators and staff under the current Public Health Order must have received two doses of the COVID-19 vaccination. This includes students and volunteers.
Consequently, students will need to be fully vaccinated against COVID19 before beginning Professional Experience.

Discover the skills you need, for the job you want at a TAFE NSW Information Session.

For Semester 1 2022, the Bachelor of Early Childhood Education and Care (Birth-5) commences on Monday, 14 February, 2022.

Applications for Semester 1 2022 are now OPEN.

Select Apply Now to complete the application form. The course coordinator will then contact you by email.

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

The way you learn may change during your enrolment to ensure the best learning experience or to keep you safe as COVID-19 restrictions change, and some of our face to face classes may change to online or virtual classroom learning. Also, to ensure that we keep you safe while studying, we may modify our face to face classes to meet physical distancing requirements and increased cleaning on campus. If work placement and the demonstration of practical skills are requirements of your course, there may be a modification or delay in the planned timeframe due to COVID-19 impacts. Be assured, we'll keep you informed every step of the way.

You will be required to attend 18 hours of classes each week for 12 weeks, followed by 1 week exam, assessment period weeks of Professional Experience in an early Childhood service. A timetable will be distributed at the time of enrolment.


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.

Select Apply to complete your application. The course coordinator will contact you to outline any further application requirements.

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

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Course Location

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

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