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Shaping the next generation

Our customised Bridging Program has been designed to provide Queensland-registered primary-trained teachers with the opportunity to gain qualifications in early childhood education. In this Diploma you’ll learn how to work with parents to foster the well-being, learning and personal development of their very young children. The crucial and very specific learning needs of children aged 0-5 will be the focus of your studies as you work towards your new career shaping the minds of the future.

The Bridging Program is based on the current CHC Community Services Training Package. The Queensland College of Teachers Australian Professional Standards for Teachers were mapped against units of competency in CHC50113 Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care.  Gaps in training were identified and the missing units of competency formulate the Bridging Program.

This qualification reflects the role of early childhood educators who are responsible for designing and implementing curriculum in early childhood education and care services. In doing so they work to implement an approved learning framework within the requirements of the Education and Care Services National Regulations and the National Quality Standard.

They may have responsibility for supervision of volunteers or other staff.

Topics include:

  • Ensure the health and safety of children
  • Establish and maintain a safe and healthy environment for children
  • Maintain work health and safety
  • Identify and respond to children and young people at risk
  • Provide care for children
  • Promote and provide healthy food and drinks
  • Provide care for babies and toddlers
  • Develop positive and respectful relationships with children
  • Establish and implement plans for developing cooperative behaviour
  • Implement strategies for the inclusion of all children
  • Work in partnership with families to provide appropriate education and care for children
  • Advocate for the rights and needs of children and young people
  • Implement and promote inclusive policies and practices in children's services
  • Foster the holistic development and wellbeing of the child in early childhood
  • Nurture creativity in children
  • Promote children’s agency
  • Analyse information to inform learning
  • Design and implement the curriculum to foster children's learning and development
  • Work within a relevant legal and ethical framework
  • Use an approved learning framework to guide practice
  • Facilitate compliance in an education and care service
  • Embed sustainable practices in service operations

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LOCATION/S

Gold Coast - Southport

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DURATION

Blended: 1 year

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COST

  • Full Fee $7,360
  • Subsidised $1,466
  • Concession $203

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Jamey Colthorpe

Have a positive impact on those around you

Whilst I have always been an empathetic and caring person, I gained a tremendous amount of insight and knowledge from my teachers, that further allowed me to connect on a deeper level with those in need. The confidence I drew from hearing the real world experiences from my teachers and those around me instilled a greater sense of belief within myself; that as an individual I can have a tremendous effect on the people around me. Completing this course and being around such amazing children has made me want to become a better person.

Jamey Colthorpe
Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care

Thank you

A thank you to all our amazing students. We are so glad you enjoyed your time with TAFE Queensland Gold Coast.

Course snapshot

Key dates

LOCATION START DATE DELIVERY
Gold Coast - Southport 3 Jul 2017 Blended

Entry requirements

  • Students must email the teacher kym.shultz@tafe.qld.edu.au a copy of the following documents to confirm their eligibility prior to enrolment.
  • All applicants (direct entry or applying through QTAC) must provide a copy of their Year 12 certificate.  Applicants that are not able to produce a copy of this document are required to complete the Basic Key Skills Builder (BKSB) test before enrolment.

Primary teachers are eligible to enrol in the Bridging Program if they hold all of the following:

  • a primary teaching qualification that includes at least a focus on children aged 5 to 8 years old (for example, a qualification with a focus on children aged 3 to 8 or 5 to 12) AND
  • current teacher registration in Australia (or accreditation in New South Wales) AND
  • a current first aid certificate or will gain one prior to completion of the program (must be HLTAID004).

To access Higher Level Skills funding for this course the prospective student must meet all subsidy eligibility however TAFE Queensland Gold Coast waives the eligibility criteria "not hold, and not be enrolled in, a Certificate IV or higher level qualification, not including qualifications completed at school and foundation skills training, for people who are registered as primary teachers in Queensland".  In short, students with a Bachelor of Education which is a requirement of the Bridging Program are eligible to access the Higher Level Skills funding, if they meet all preceding criteria.

Literacy and Numeracy
While this training package does not stipulate any entry requirements, students do need to have, or be able to attain, a level of literacy and numeracy skills that will enable them to gain the required skills and knowledge to complete their course and ultimately to work in their chosen field.  TAFE Queensland Gold Coast is committed to ensuring that students receive training, assessment and support services that meet their individual needs.  Therefore, before commencing their course, all TAFE Queensland Gold Coast students are required to participate in an Orientation session where they complete a set of Literacy and Numeracy tasks. These tasks are designed to identify students at risk of not being able to complete their course due to their level of Literacy and Numeracy skills.

Students identified at risk of non-completion due to their literacy and/or numeracy skills are contacted confidentially by one of TAFE Queensland Gold Coast’s specialist Learning Support teachers. Recommendations may include participation in a foundation skills program focusing on Literacy and Numeracy skills or a course at a lower qualification level on the Australian Qualifications Framework prior to attempting their chosen course. Recommendations may also include use of the additional assistance available from the Learning Support Team throughout their course.

Any student who withdraws prior to commencement of study is entitled to a full refund. Further periods of penalty-free withdrawal often apply, but differ between payment type, so please check your relevant refund policy for further details. Please note that students are also able to transfer from one course to another within the first two weeks of study without penalty but transferring as early as possible will provide the student with the best opportunity to be successful in their alternative course.

Blue Card for Vocational Placement
Students must be eligible for a Working with Children check or state equivalent (commonly known in Queensland as a Blue Card) 1800 113 611 or http://www.bluecard.qld.gov.au

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)
For RPL enquiries please contact the RPL Team at rplcoordinator.goldcoast@tafe.qld.edu.au.

Location/s

Gold Coast - Southport
91-99 Scarborough Street
Southport QLD 4215

Resources required

Students will require a computer with internet access and an email account.

Technical Specifications
Prospective students must have the following computer technical specifications before they can access the course materials and participate in the learning program:

  • Minimum screen resolution of 1024 x 768 pixels
  • Windows PC or Apple Mac - please note: portable devices (smartphones, iPads, tablets, slates) do not necessarily support all the features of Connect, our Learning Management System, and may not work properly for submitting assessments
  • Computer running a minimum of Windows 7 or Apple Macintosh OSX 10.8
  • Connect has been designed to function on these minimum browser versions: Google Chrome (latest) (highly recommended for students), Firefox (latest), Safari (latest), Internet Explorer 10 - older versions of browsers may not correctly display information
  • ADSL or Cable Broadband is highly recommended
  • Audio playback enabled on your computer (many activities use audio interaction)
  • Students may require a headset with the capacity to listen and talk back (USB connection headsets are known to give superior sound quality)

Timetable

This course is offered via blended delivery which includes the following:

  • Guided learning (online teacher facilitation)
  • Six timetabled compulsory workshops per year – February, April, June, August, October, November
  • Access to a tutorial class for further support at Southport from 9.00am-3.00pm on Wednesday (Level 2, Room 210) or Thursday (Level 2, Room 212).
  • Regular Webinars - the teacher will advise when these will be held
  • Self-directed learning (this is the student's responsibility and usually occurs outside of online teacher facilitation)
  • Workplace delivery ('on the job' learning/vocational placement, two visits per term – minimum 240 hours of vocational placement required)

This program is scheduled over a 12 month period with approximately 3 hours per week of teacher directed/guided online facilitation. Students are expected to complete approximately 20 hours a week teacher-directed readings, research activities and assessment work online.  Workplace delivery is undertaken for a minimum of 240 hours as 'on the job' learning/vocational placement.  Teachers visit students on workplace delivery twice per term. 

Classes are conducted:

  • Face-to-face workshops conducted two times per term
  • Teacher-directed (online learning and recommended readings suggested as homework tasks)
  • Student-directed (online reading, research and assessment work)
  • Workplace delivery/learning activities (on-the-job learning and assessment - vocational placement 240 hours)

Assessment methods:
Direct
This involves the assessor directly observing the candidate performing the tasks which facilitates a decision of competent or not yet competent.

For example:

  • an assessor attends a day care centre and observes a candidate changing a nappy on a baby
  • an assessor asks a candidate why they chose particular resources and equipment for setting up a play area/learning experience for 4-5 year olds.

Indirect
This involves evidence which supports the candidate being able to perform a task.

For example:

  • a finished product created by the candidate- portfolio, resource, poster
  • a written assessment piece responding to specific knowledge questions.

Third Party Evidence
Also referred to as supplementary evidence, provided by Early Childhood Education professionals/supervisors in the Vocational Placement Setting, another important means for assessors to make a judgement about the candidate’s competence.

Competency Conversation
For example: asking the candidate to explain their understanding of the Early Years Learning Framework and how this is evidenced in their work.

Research Projects
For example, asking candidates to review and report on websites with information about quality standards.

Workplace Projects
For example, reviewing examples of products that the candidate has generated to assist with the implementation of a policy or procedure.

Workplace Documents
For example, rosters and timesheets, minutes of staff meetings, position descriptions.

Video and Photos
For example, a video of a candidate changing a nappy or teaching a child to learn a new song.

Placement

Workplace delivery is undertaken for a minimum of 240 hours as 'on the job' learning/vocational placement.

Units

UNIT CODE DESCRIPTION TYPE
CHCECE002 Ensure the health and safety of children Core
CHCECE003 Provide care for children Core
CHCECE004 Promote and provide healthy food and drinks Core
CHCECE005 Provide care for babies and toddlers Core
CHCECE007 Develop positive and respectful relationships with children Core
CHCECE009 Use an approved learning framework to guide practice Core
CHCECE016 Establish and maintain a safe and healthy environment for children Core
CHCECE017 Foster the holistic development and wellbeing of the child in early childhood Core
CHCECE018 Nurture creativity in children Core
CHCECE019 Facilitate compliance in an education and care service Core
CHCECE020 Establish and implement plans for developing cooperative behaviour Core
CHCECE021 Implement strategies for the inclusion of all children Core
CHCECE022 Promote children's agency Core
CHCECE023 Analyse information to inform learning Core
CHCECE024 Design and implement the curriculum to foster children's learning and development Core
CHCECE025 Embed sustainable practices in service operations Core
CHCECE026 Work in partnership with families to provide appropriate education and care for children Core
CHCPRT001 Identify and respond to children and young people at risk Core
HLTWHS003 Maintain work health and safety Core
BSBLED401 Develop teams and individuals Elective
CHCDIV001 Work with diverse people Elective
CHCDIV002 Promote Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander cultural safety Core
CHCLEG001 Work legally and ethically Core

Disclaimer

Not all electives available at all campuses

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  • VET Student Loans will not be approved for students who do not meet the eligibility requirements.
  • VET Student Loans give rise to a HELP debt that continues to be a debt due to the Commonwealth until it is repaid.

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VET Student Loans

IMPORTANT NOTICE: Prior to applying for a VET Student Loan, please ensure that you have read and understood the VET Student Loans Pre-Enrolment Information

VET Student Loans are an interest-free loan from the Australian Government that help students pay for their education and training.

TAFE Queensland receives the full loan amount for your course directly from the Government, and you repay your loan through the Australian taxation system once your income reaches a certain threshold.

You are eligible for a VET Student Loan if you:

You must demonstrate academic suitability by:

  • providing a copy of your Senior Secondary Certificate of Education (year 12 certificate); OR
  • providing evidence of successful completion of an Australian Qualifications Framework certificate IV or higher qualification (where the language of instruction is English), OR
  • are assessed as a minimum of Exit Level 3 in the Australian Core Skills Framework (ASCF) in both reading and numeracy

VET student loans will not be approved for students who do not meet the eligibility requirements. VET student loans gives rise to a HELP debt that continues to be a debt due to the Commonwealth until it is repaid.

Please note that all students enrolling in an accredited course are required to provide a Unique Student Identifier (USI).

More information about VET Student Loans.

 

Payment Plan

If you have difficulty paying the full cost of a course up front, or you are not eligible for VET Student Loan, you might be eligible for a payment plan. This will allow you to pay for your course in instalments, rather than one upfront payment at the time of enrolment.

Note: If you are accessing a VET Student Loan, and there is a difference between the loan cap amount and the total cost of your course (for example your loan cap amount is $10,000 and your course costs $11,000 - there is a $1,000 difference), you are required to pay the difference.

Subsidised

The Queensland Government will offset the cost of study for eligible students. You will still need to pay for a portion of your study costs. The amount above is what you will need to pay.

VET Student Loans

IMPORTANT NOTICE: Prior to applying for a VET Student Loan, please ensure that you have read and understood the VET Student Loans Pre-Enrolment Information

VET Student Loans are an interest-free loan from the Australian Government that help students pay for their education and training.

TAFE Queensland receives the full loan amount for your course directly from the Government, and you repay your loan through the Australian taxation system once your income reaches a certain threshold.

You are eligible for a VET Student Loan if you:

You must demonstrate academic suitability by:

  • providing a copy of your Senior Secondary Certificate of Education (year 12 certificate); OR
  • providing evidence of successful completion of an Australian Qualifications Framework certificate IV or higher qualification (where the language of instruction is English), OR
  • are assessed as a minimum of Exit Level 3 in the Australian Core Skills Framework (ASCF) in both reading and numeracy

VET student loans will not be approved for students who do not meet the eligibility requirements. VET student loans gives rise to a HELP debt that continues to be a debt due to the Commonwealth until it is repaid.

Please note that all students enrolling in an accredited course are required to provide a Unique Student Identifier (USI).

More information about VET Student Loans.

 

Payment Plan

If you have difficulty paying the full cost of a course up front, or you are not eligible for VET Student Loan, you might be eligible for a payment plan. This will allow you to pay for your course in instalments, rather than one upfront payment at the time of enrolment.

Note: If you are accessing a VET Student Loan, and there is a difference between the loan cap amount and the total cost of your course (for example your loan cap amount is $10,000 and your course costs $11,000 - there is a $1,000 difference), you are required to pay the difference.

Concession

You are eligible for the concession price of a course if you are eligible for subsidised training, and are listed on an Australian Government Low Income Health Care Card or Pensioner Concession Card, if you are Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander, you hold a Department of Veterans' Affairs Pensioner Concession Card, or if you have a disability.

VET Student Loans

IMPORTANT NOTICE: Prior to applying for a VET Student Loan, please ensure that you have read and understood the VET Student Loans Pre-Enrolment Information

VET Student Loans are an interest-free loan from the Australian Government that help students pay for their education and training.

TAFE Queensland receives the full loan amount for your course directly from the Government, and you repay your loan through the Australian taxation system once your income reaches a certain threshold.

You are eligible for a VET Student Loan if you:

You must demonstrate academic suitability by:

  • providing a copy of your Senior Secondary Certificate of Education (year 12 certificate); OR
  • providing evidence of successful completion of an Australian Qualifications Framework certificate IV or higher qualification (where the language of instruction is English), OR
  • are assessed as a minimum of Exit Level 3 in the Australian Core Skills Framework (ASCF) in both reading and numeracy

VET student loans will not be approved for students who do not meet the eligibility requirements. VET student loans gives rise to a HELP debt that continues to be a debt due to the Commonwealth until it is repaid.

Please note that all students enrolling in an accredited course are required to provide a Unique Student Identifier (USI).

More information about VET Student Loans.

 

Payment Plan

If you have difficulty paying the full cost of a course up front, or you are not eligible for VET Student Loan, you might be eligible for a payment plan. This will allow you to pay for your course in instalments, rather than one upfront payment at the time of enrolment.

Note: If you are accessing a VET Student Loan, and there is a difference between the loan cap amount and the total cost of your course (for example your loan cap amount is $10,000 and your course costs $11,000 - there is a $1,000 difference), you are required to pay the difference.

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Payment options explained

No matter what your circumstances, TAFE Queensland Gold Coast has a payment option to suit you. If you are unsure of what's right for you, or just want someone to talk it over with, call us on 07 5581 8300. We're here to help.

Additional Costs

There are no additional costs to study this course.

Outcome

On completion of the Bridging Program, registered primary teachers are awarded with a CHC50113 Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care, which at the time of writing will meet the qualification requirements for an educator in an early childhood education and care service and in a school age care service. For more and/or the latest information on what this qualification means, refer to ACECQA for further information http://acecqa.gov.au/qualifications/approved-early-childhood-teaching-qualifications/ or Office for Early Childhood Education and Care Teacher Recognition http://deta.qld.gov.au/earlychildhood/service/kindy-prog-long-care.html

This qualification is recognised by the Office of Early Childhood Education and Care as an appropriate third year qualification to upgrade as a Nominated Supervisor (Director) of a Child Care Centre www.acecqa.gov.au

Job prospects

  • Family Day Care Coordinator
  • Nanny
  • Outside School Hours Care Worker
  • Homecare and After School Care
  • Resort Care
  • Early Childhood Educator

University pathways

A course with TAFE Queensland Gold Coast can be a great path to university. In many cases, you can save up to one year from your university qualification.

Read our University Pathways guide to learn all about it.

Jamey Colthorpe

Have a positive impact on those around you

Whilst I have always been an empathetic and caring person, I gained a tremendous amount of insight and knowledge from my teachers, that further allowed me to connect on a deeper level with those in need. The confidence I drew from hearing the real world experiences from my teachers and those around me instilled a greater sense of belief within myself; that as an individual I can have a tremendous effect on the people around me. Completing this course and being around such amazing children has made me want to become a better person.

Jamey Colthorpe
Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care

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  • checked your course costs and know which payment option is right for you
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  • Read the student rules and refund policy
  • Read the Pre-enrolment Information
  • Created your Unique Student Identifier and can provide this code to TAFE Queensland

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Recognition of prior learning

Recognition of prior learning

Fast-track your way to a formal qualification by earning credit for the things you already know. Getting recognition for the skills you've gained from the workplace or previous learning means less study time for you, and getting the paper to prove you're qualified a whole lot sooner.

More about RPL

More info:
http://tafegoldcoast.edu.au/study-with-us/career-changers-jobseeker/recognition-prior-learning

Orientation

8.30am-3.00pm on Wednesday 28 June 2017 at Southport, Level 1 (Ground Floor), Room 109

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Note: All information was accurate at time of publication, however TAFE policies, tuition fees and course content is subject to change without notice. Course commencement is dependent on sufficient enrolments.

Last updated on 23 June 2017

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