The Early Childhood Teacher Bridging Program – CHC50113 Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care

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The Early Childhood Teacher Bridging Program is a tailored pathway to an approved early childhood Diploma qualification that enables registered primary teachers to work as early childhood teachers (ECTs). This customised Bridging Program maps the Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care (CHC50113) to the Australia Professional Standards for Teachers and has been developed to assist Queensland registered primary trained teachers, who wish to work in early childhood services, gain early childhood education and care qualifications.

This program recognises that the skill set of these teachers is relevant to the early childhood education and care Vocational Education and Training qualifications considering individuals may also gain recognition of prior learning were relevant.  This recognition arrangement is in place for any person who completes the ECTBP by the end of 2019.  This course will cease at the end of 2019. 

Participants will complete 23 of the 28 units of competency, 4 units are direct credit transfer. An additional credit transfer only applies to candidates who hold HLTAID004 or equivalent.

Registered primary teachers who hold an approved diploma level qualification are recognised by the Australian Children’s Education and Care Quality Authority (ACECQA) as holding a nationally approved early childhood teaching qualification. The Early Childhood Teacher Bridging Program (the Bridging Program) is a tailored, ‘fast-track’ pathway to a diploma qualification that enables registered primary teachers to work as early childhood teachers (ECTs). The Bridging Program maps the Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care (CHC50113) to the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers to produce industry endorsed matrices of credit transfer and gap training requirements for each unit of competency.

Eligibility and requirements of the program:

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
  • 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 (HLTAID004) AND
  • Students who are not working in a child care setting are required to complete a minimum of 240 hours of vocational placement
  • Eligible applicants must be Queensland Residents and must provide proof of residency
  • Primary teachers registered with the New Zealand Teachers Council must seek mutual recognition with the Queensland College of Teachers (https://qct.edu.au/registration/application-process) to be eligible to be a teacher in Queensland.
  • Qualifications that are specifically for middle and secondary school aged children are not accepted

It takes 12-18 months to complete this program, however the more time you allocate to study the quicker you can achieve your qualification. Our highly qualified Trainer Assessors can provide you with a training plan to assist you with completion timeframes for each unit to suit your study goals.

A minimum of 240 work placement hours must be completed in a regulated early childhood education and care service. Please note that certain units require that a task should be demonstrated a number of times over a period of time. Students are also required to complete additional workplace tasks for other units. The aim of workplace experience is to provide students with practical, hand-ons experience in relation to child care practice. Workplace experience also assists students to develop foundation skills such as communication, interpreting, following instructions, problem-solving and working in a team.

Contact College Administration for more details – admin@aiecs.com.au or 07 3801 3962