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This customised Bridging Program 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.

It is acknowledged that those with primary teaching qualifications have already gained many of the critical skills and knowledge necessary to work as an educator in early childhood education and care or in school-age care service.

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.

The link below includes some useful information about the early childhood and what is required to be an educator in the different sectors including kindergarten, family day care, outside school hours care, or long day care: Course details

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Blended: up to 12 months

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  • Full Fee $600 - $7,525
  • Subsidised $2,575
  • Concession $300 - $1,513

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External Any time Blended

Entry requirements

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)

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Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) recognises your existing experience gained through life or work for which you may not have obtained a formal qualification. We will work with you to identify your existing skills and knowledge and assess if you can then achieve a full or part qualification. This also helps to avoid unnecessary duplication of training.
Register your interest in RPL by contacting:
TAFE Queensland North - RPL Application
PMB 1, Townsville Queensland 4810
Phone: (07) 4750 5451  /  Email: 
Age: The Education and Care Services National Regulations require family day care educators to be 18 years of age. Educators working in a centre-based service under 17 years must be supervised. Course applicants should be 17 years or older..

Working with Children check (Blue Card): Volunteers and trainee students who work with children and young people must hold a blue card as this work falls into the category of regulated employment. Blue cards for volunteers and trainee students are valid for three years and there is no application fee, unless the trainee student is a paid employee. A volunteer or trainee student must not commence regulated child-related work until they hold a valid blue card.

Immunisation: Students should be aware that all children service educators may be exposed to diseases that are preventable by vaccination. To manage the risk to educators, children services may require the completion of a vaccination record or full immunisation.


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Resources required

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


All TAFE Queensland North locations: Please contact us on 1300 656 959 to arrange interview with teacher.

This program is scheduled over a 12 month period. To complete the course in this time it would be expected that participants would study for approximately 10-25 hours per week (including teacher directed and self-directed learning via the online Learning Management System). The student would also be required to complete 240 hours of vocational placement throughout the 12 months. Some of which would need to be carried out in the babies room at an early childhood service.


Vocational Placement: Students who are not working in the early childhood education and care industry will be required to undertake 240 hrs of mandatory industry placement. You will be assisted to source appropriate children's services to complete these placement requirements.


Packaging rules - 28 units are required for this qualification, comprising 23 core units and 5 elective units. Participants will complete 23 of the 28 units of competency. The remaining 5 units are either direct credit transfer from primary teacher qualifications.

Cluster 1 - Wellbeing and Safety
CHCECE002 Ensure the health and safety of children Core
CHCECE016 Establish and maintain a safe and healthy environment for children Core
HLTWHS003 Maintain work health and safety Core
CHCPRT001 Identify and respond to children and young people at risk Core
Cluster 2 - Provide Care and Nutrition
CHCECE003 Provide care for children Core
CHCECE004 Promote and provide healthy food and drinks Core
CHCECE005 Provide care for babies and toddlers Core
Cluster 3 - Nurturing Relationships and Responsive Practice
CHCECE007 Develop positive and respectful relationships with children Core
CHCECE020 Establish and implement plans for developing cooperative behaviour Core
CHCECE021 Implement strategies for the inclusion of all children Core
CHCECE026 Work in partnership with families to provide appropriate education and care for children Core
Cluster 4 - Engage and Promote Children's Learning and Development
CHCECE017 Foster the holistic development and wellbeing of the child in early childhood Core
CHCECE018 Nurture creativity in 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
Cluster 5 - Legislation, Leadership and Service Quality
CHCLEG001 Work legally and ethically Core
CHCECE009 Use an approved learning framework to guide practice Core
CHCECE019 Facilitate compliance in an education and care service Core
CHCECE025 Embed sustainable practices in service operations Core
BSBLED401 Develop teams and individuals Elective
Cluster 6 - Diversity and Indigenous Culture
CHCDIV002 Promote Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander cultural safety Core
CHCDIV001 Work with diverse people Elective
Direct Credit Transfers
CHCECE001 Develop cultural competence Core
HLTAID004 Provide an emergency first aid response in an education and care setting Core
CHCPOL003 Research and apply evidence to practice Elective
CHCPRP003 Reflect on and improve own professional practice Elective
CHCINM002 Meet community information needs Elective


Not all electives available at all campuses

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No matter what your circumstances, TAFE Queensland North has a payment option to suit you. If you are unsure of what's right for you, call us on 1300 656 959. We're here to help.

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$600 - $7,525


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$300 - $1,513


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Payment Plan

If you have difficulty paying the full cost of a course up front 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.


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.

Higher Level Skills Subsidy

The Higher Level Skills Subsidy is a one-off subsidy that offsets the cost of an eligible Certificate IV or higher courses.

You're eligible for the Higher Level Skills Subsidy if you:

  • Are 15 years or older and no longer in school
  • Live in Queensland full time
  • Are an Australian or New Zealand citizen, permanent resident, or temporary resident with the necessary visa or work permits
  • And don't currently have (or are enrolled in) a certificate IV or higher level qualification.
  • For some courses, you may also be required to hold a certificate 3 in a relevant industry field.


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. Further information about concessions.

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Additional Costs

There are no additional costs to study this course.


CHC50113 Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care

  • Early Childhood  Educator
  • Early Childhood Director
  • Educational Leader
  • Family Day Care Educator
  • Nominated Supervisor
  • OSHC Service Coordinator

Job prospects

  • Early Childhood Education and Care Educator
  • Early Childhood Educator

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You're ready if you have:

  • checked your important dates (under the course details tab)
  • checked you meet the entry requirements (under the course details tab)
  • checked your course costs and know which payment option is right for you
    (under the costs tab)
  • Read the student rules and refund policy
  • Created your Unique Student Identifier and can provide this code to TAFE Queensland
  • If you are applying for a subsidised cost, please ensure you have all the relevant documents at time of enrolment

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Enrolment options

By telephone: 1300 656 959. In person: at any TAFE Queensland North location.

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.

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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 15 November 2017

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