Early Childhood Teacher Bridging program - Educare Training Institute

Early Childhood Teacher Bridging program

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Start your new career as an Early Childhood Teacher!

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).

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The Bridging Program maps the CHC50113 – Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care to the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers to produce industry endorsed matrices of credit transfer and gap training requirements for each unit of competency.

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. Read more about early childhood teaching qualifications.

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

Educare Training Institute Australasia (Educare) is pleased to confirm, that the Queensland Department of Education and Training who commissioned the Bridging Program Development  has registered Educare to deliver the Bridging Program. You may wish to watch a short professional development session developed by the Department of Education and Training to understand how the Bridging Program matrices were developed.


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.


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.


As soon as you enrol and are studying towards your approved diploma qualification through the Bridging Program, you can start working in a service as an early childhood teacher.


This Bridging program is designed with commencements occurring regularly. Educare offers self-paced learning and depending on your circumstances the bridging program will be delivered flexibly; either working with you in your workplace and/or in workshops and tutoring sessions. Students in the Bridging Program may also attend the regular diploma workshops as part of our normal diploma assessment activities.

It should be noted, that 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’re not sure what’s right for you, give us a call on (07) 3394 8445, and speak to one of our friendly Childcare specialists who are more than happy to talk you through the options.


The Queensland Government Early Childhood Education and Care Workforce Action Plan has broadened access to diploma subsidy to enable more registered primary teachers gain an approved early childhood teaching qualification through the Early Childhood Teacher Bridging Program. Therefore, this bridging program does attract funding assistance to reduce study costs. Minimum cost to student is $395 pending eligibility for funding.

Please contact the Educare team to discuss your eligibility and student co-contribution fee, and/or for more information on (07) 3394 8445, or email admin@educaretia.com.au


To ensure a smooth enrollment process, the following documents are required to verify eligibility:

  • Primary Teaching Qualification(s)
  • Proof of Australian Teacher registration
  • Marriage certificate or similar (if necessary)


A First Aid Certificate (HLTAID004) is also required which may be obtained during study through Educare.

Please note, it is advisable to have a ‘Justice of the Peace’ or ‘Commissioner of Declarations’ certified your copies of documentation listed.


The packaging rules for the Early Childhood Teacher Bridging Program requires 28 units for this qualification to be successfully completed; comprising of 23 core units and 5 elective units. Participants will complete 23 of the 28 units of competency. The remaining 5 units can be either as direct credit transfers from primary teacher qualifications or can be achieved through recognition of prior learning (RPL).

Participants will undertake the following units of competency:

Cluster Core/ Elective Unit Code Unit Name


Cluster 1
Wellbeing and Safety
Core 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


Cluster 2
Provide Care and Nutrition
Core CHCECE003 Provide care for children
Core CHCECE004 Promote and provide healthy food and drinks
Core CHCECE005 Provide care for babies and toddlers


Cluster 3
Nurturing Relationships and Responsive Practice
Core 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


Cluster 4
Engage and Promote Children’s Learning and Development
Core 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


Cluster 5
Legislation and Service Quality
Core 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
Elective BSBLED401 Develop Teams and Individuals


Cluster 6
Diversity and Indigenous Culture
Core CHCDIV002 Promote Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander cultural safety
Core CHCDIV001 Work with diverse people

The following five units are a direct Credit Transfer:

CHCECE001 Develop cultural competence
HLTAID004 Provide an emergency first aid response in an education and care setting *
CHCECE001 Develop cultural competence
CHCPOL003 Research and apply evidence to practice
CHCINM002 Meet community information needs
CHCPRP003 Reflect on and improve own professional practice

* (HLTAID004 – Direct credit NOT given for HLTFA311A or HLTAID003 or equivalent.)

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