Early Childhood Teacher Bridging Program for Registered Primary Teachers | C&K

Early Childhood Teacher Bridging Program for Registered Primary Teachers

RTO no. 5025

 

Ready to start a new career as an Early Childhood Teacher and need to get qualified? 

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.

Eligible teachers may also gain recognition of prior learning were relevant.

Eligibility to participate

You are eligible to participate in the Bridging Program if you hold teacher registration (or accreditation) and a primary teaching qualification.

Your primary teaching qualification must at least include a focus on children aged 5 to 8 years old (e.g. qualification with focus on children aged 3 to 8 or 5 to 12).

Qualifications that are specifically for middle and secondary school aged children are not accepted.

If you have a degree in secondary or middle schooling and wish to become an early childhood teacher, you need to complete an approved graduate or postgraduate qualification in early childhood.

Course length

The Bridging Program will fast-track you to an approved early childhood teacher qualification by recognising the skills and knowledge you gained from primary teaching.

Generally the Bridging Program takes 6 to 12 months to complete full-time, depending on the amount of recognition of prior learning you gain in addition to the already approved credit transfer units.

Program delivery

The Bridging Program is delivered using the materials endorsed by the Queensland Department of Training and Education and study support is available by appointment.

All Early Childhood Education and Care courses have vocational placement components which are compulsory to obtain the qualification. As this is a customised program for qualified/registered primary school teachers bridging to an early childhood qualification, there is a requirement that the majority of work experience is undertaken in a regulated education and care service that caters for children birth-five years. This includes interactions with babies and toddlers.

If you do not currently work in an Early Learning Centre you will be assisted to source an appropriate vocational placement in an Early Childhood Education and Care Service. 

Funding Options Qld Department of Education and Training (DET)

The Queensland Government Early Childhood Education and Care Workforce Action Plan has broadened access to the Higher Level Skills subsidy for Registered Primary School teachers.

The Bridging Program is now available from the C&K College of Early Childhood for only $26 per unit ($598 for the course and subject to eligibility)! Or $10 per unit for concessional students.

Please contact the College to discuss and confirm eligibility and student co-contribution fee.

For students not eligible for subsidised training, the cost per unit is $235 per unit ($5,405 for the course). 

Recommended resources

Students who undertake the Bridging Program with C&K College of Early Childhood are provided with the following resources:

  • Walker, L., Miller, S., & Tansey, S. (2016). The Early Childhood Educator for Certificate III.  North Ryde: McGraw-Hill Education (Australia) Pty Ltd.
  • Walker, L., Miller, S., & Tansey, S. 2016. The Early Childhood Educator for Diploma. North Ryde: McGraw-Hill Education (Australia) Pty Ltd.
  • On-line professional development course by Dr Kaylene Henderson, ‘Raising Good Kids: Managing Behaviour and Emotions in Early Childhood Care and Education Settings’. http://drkaylenehenderson.com/for-professionals/

Dr Kaylene Henderson graduated from the University of Queensland with a Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery in the 1990's before pursuing specialist training in Psychiatry. She then spent her final years sub-specialising in Child & Adolescent Psychiatry while gaining invaluable clinical experience in helping children and their families tackle a range of social and emotional difficulties.

A list of information sources is provided in each assessment cluster. Students are expected to undertake further independent research to complete assessment tasks.

Early Childhood Teacher Bridging Program packaging rules

28 units are required for this qualification, comprising 23 core units and 5 elective units.  Participants in the Bridging Program will complete 23 of the 28 units of competency. The remaining 5 units are either direct credit transfer from primary teacher qualifications and HLTAID004. Students will undertake the following units of competency:

Cluster

Core/ Elective

Unit Code

Unit Name

Cluster 1
Wellbeing & Safety

C

CHCECE002

Ensure the health and safety of children

C

CHCECE016

Establish and maintain a safe and healthy environment for children

C

HLTWHS003

Maintain work health and safety

C

CHCPRT001

Identify and respond to children and young people at risk

 

Cluster 2
Provide Care & Nutrition

C

CHCECE003

Provide care for children

C

CHCECE004

Promote and provide healthy food and drinks

C

CHCECE005

Provide care for babies and toddlers

 

Cluster 3
Nurturing Relationships & Responsive Practice

C

CHCECE007

Develop positive and respectful relationships with children

C

CHCECE020

Establish and implement plans for developing cooperative behaviour

C

CHCECE021

Implement strategies for the inclusion of all children

C

CHCECE026

Work in partnership with families to provide appropriate education and care for children

 

Cluster 4
Engage & Promote Children's Learning and Development

C

CHCECE017

Foster the holistic development and wellbeing of the child in early childhood

C

CHCECE018

Nurture creativity in children

C

CHCECE022

Promote children’s agency

C

CHCECE023

Analyse information to inform learning

C

CHCECE024

Design and implement the curriculum to foster children's learning and development

 

Cluster 5
Legislation & Service Quality

C

CHCLEG001

Work legally and ethically

C

CHCECE009

Use an approved learning framework to guide practice

C

CHCECE019

Facilitate compliance in an education and care service

C

CHCECE025

Embed sustainable practices in service operations

E

BSBLED401

Develop Teams and Individuals

 

Cluster 6
Diversity and Indigenous Culture

C

CHCDIV002

Promote Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander cultural safety

C

CHCDIV001

Work with diverse people

 

Direct Credit transfers received for Teacher Registration and Primary Qualification

C

CHCECE001

Develop cultural competence

C

HLTAID004

Provide an emergency first aid response in an education and care setting  

E

CHCPOL003

Research and apply evidence to practice

E

CHCPRP003

Reflect on and improve own professional practice

E

CHCINM002

Meet community information needs

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Applications for study in 2017 are now open

Lodging an Application

When you are ready to lodge your application, please read the the Student Guide, Fact Sheet and complete an Application Form and email to ckcollege@candk.asn.au

If there is additional information you require prior to making a decision about which qualification and/or how the C&K College of Early Childhood can support your career endeavours, please contact the C&K College of Early Childhood Helpdesk on 07 3513 2524 or email your questions to ckcollege@candk.asn.au.