Working with children can be one of life’s most rewarding experiences. Early Childhood Educators care for the social, emotional, physical and educational needs of babies, toddlers and preschool aged children in a range of care settings throughout Australia. Educators have a profound influence on a child’s lifelong development and wellbeing.
Early childhood education is a large and growing sector; the Australian Government projects the industry will require an additional 184,000 trained educators in the next five years. This demand provides opportunities for skilled migration pathways for overseas students and excellent career prospects for graduates.
Work in early childhood education is varied and enriching. Educators support children’s development of language, complex emotions, cognitive abilities, social skills, and literacy; helping to build the foundations for their future lives.
TAFE provides real-world degrees designed and delivered in consultation with industry experts. TAFE qualifications provide a powerful pathway into the workforce with strong employment prospects. Courses focus on practical, industry-based skills with small, student-focused classes, internships and work experience opportunities and friendly, caring staff.
Bachelor of Early Childhood Education & Care (birth-5) Duration: 4 years
This professional degree prepares graduates for teaching in early childhood services, working in a range of settings including long day care, preschool, integrated child and family services and early intervention services. The degree is an industry-recognised qualification that allows you to work as an early childhood teacher in Australia. Students receive multiple VET qualifications during the degree including a Certificate III (25272) and a Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care (25281). Recognition for prior qualifications and study may be granted, reducing the time required to receive a bachelor degree.
Students develop skills and knowledge in the areas of:
Early childhood theory
Pedagogy and approaches
Professional practice and leadership
Curriculum content development and design
Care and wellbeing of the child within a social context and society and culture
Students complete eight separate professional experience placements throughout the program in addition to core units of study.
Work placements give students the chance to apply what they have learned in real workplace settings
There is a total of 80 days of professional placements in the four-year degree
This work experience meets the requirement to be qualified as an early childhood teacher in NSW
TAFE NSW organises each work placement, not the student; child care providers are only quality assured organisations
Work experience is unpaid. Students are not ‘workers’ they are ‘students’ who are learning
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