Take the lead in providing meaningful childcare to babies, toddlers and pre-schoolers. Gain the practical knowledge to become an educational leader or manager in childcare, implement the National Quality Framework and ensure children receive inclusive care in their early years.
This course is superseded. You can still enrol in this course, and you will be contacted if you need to transition into the next version when it is available.
Through a mixture of theory and practical course work, learn to:
Implement strategies for the inclusion of all children
Establish and maintain a healthy environment for children
Maintain work health and safety
Nurture creativity in children
Work in partnership with families to provide appropriate education and care for children
Gain practical experience and develop specialist skills that give you an advantage in the job market.
Real-world experience through 240 hours of work placement
Experience in supporting and creating inclusive and safe play settings, environments, resources and learning experiences
The ability to design and implement an inclusive curriculum
Strong pathways to continue your studies and enhance your career opportunities
Some courses require evidence of previous experience or study before you can enrol.
There are no entry requirements for this qualification. You can enrol today.
This course is also offered as a traineeship. Enquire today to check the traineeship eligibility requirements.
During your study you’ll need to provide your teacher with the following evidence:
A Working with Children Check (WWCC)
Vaccination and health screenings
Any additional evidence your work placement provider requires
To be prepared for this course, we recommend that you have:
Patience and enjoy working with children
Good organisational skills and the ability to multitask
The ability to keep calm in stressful situations
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:
You need to hold a valid Working with Children Check (WWWC) to gain employment in the workforce. In NSW, graduates need a minimum of one year of work experience before they can apply for the role of an authorised supervisor of a childcare centre. See the Trades Recognition Australia (TRA) requirements.
Take your study further with other courses offered at TAFE NSW:
The Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care does not have any post-graduate courses.
At TAFE NSW, we recognise your previous study and work experience. You can apply for recognition of prior learning or a credit transfer with any of our courses. If you're successful you'll get your qualification faster.
Courses are made up of a combination of both core and specialty units. In the Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care qualification, you’ll need to successfully complete 28 Units of competency, including 23 core and 5 speciality units.
Core units are central to the job outcomes of a particular industry or occupation. These are the units industry has agreed are essential to be capable and qualified at a particular study level.
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
Smarthinking - online access to a tutor
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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