• Facebook
  • LinkedIn
  • Instagram
Select Page

Early Childhood Teacher Bridging Program: CHC50113 Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care

Teach. Love. Inspire.


Congratulations! You’re looking at a career in Early Childhood.

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


ACECQA has determined that registered/accredited Primary Teachers can be recognised as an ‘equivalent Early Childhood Teacher’ if they also complete a CHC50113 Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care. This Early Childhood Teacher Bridging Program (ECTBP) has been developed by the Department of Employment, Small Business and Training (DESBT) to assist with this requirement allowing registered Primary School Teachers to have as many of their skills and knowledge recognised as possible.

Through the ECTBP, eligible students only complete training and assessment in areas that haven’t been completed as part of their Primary Teacher qualification.

Course code

Early Childhood Teacher Bridging Program

CHC50113 Diploma ofEarly Childhood Education and Care

Delivery mode
Workplace Based

Course duration
TLC offers a rolling intake which means you can commence study at anytime of the year.

Enrolment valid for:

18 months– workplace based

12 months– recognition of prior learning (RPL)

Vocational placement hours
Minimum of 240 hours (working hours can be incorporated as placement hours for workplace students)

Government funding available

Payment methods 
EziDebit (payment plans)
Direct Debit
Credit Card (over phone)
Study Loans 

Assessment Methods
Students will be assessed:

  • Theory: written tasks, case studies, questions, activities and/or workplace projects, portfolios.
  • Practical: vocational placement or employment in an ACECQA approved early childhood service. Workplace tasks, observation, projects, third party reports. This will be for no less than 240 hours spread over the duration of the qualification. Actual hours completed is dependent on student capability.  Placement working with children under 2 years of age is required.

Study Commitments

The Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) provides a guide to volume of learning which describes how long a student who does not hold any of the competencies identified in the relevant units of competency or modules would take to develop all the required skills and knowledge. ‘Volume of learning’ includes all teaching, learning and assessment activities that a typical student must undertake to achieve the learning outcomes, including any minimum on the job component.

For a Diploma level qualification this time could vary from 1200hrs to 2400hrs.

Based on TLC’s model of delivery and resources, and using a 12mth enrolment as a guide, we advise students to be prepared to allocate approximately 23hrs a week to their studies. This time will include all trainer time, personal study time, on the job placement and completion of assessments.

Time required will increase or decrease depending on mode of study and length of 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 (e.g. a qualification with a focus on children aged 3 to 8 or 5 to 12) AND
  • Teacher registration in Australia (called ‘accreditation’ in New South Wales)AND
  • A current first aid certificate or will gain one prior to completion of the program (HLTAID004).


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.
TLC was not involved or responsible for the model of delivery of this course or the clustering of the units. This was designed and implemented by the Department and RTO’s contracted for the delivery of this course utilise resources provided by the Department.

Credits were then granted for the following 4 units.
CHCECE001 Develop cultural competence
CHCPOL003 Research and apply evidence to practice
CHCPRP003 Reflect on and improve own professional practice
CHCINM002 Meet community information needs

In addition, a further credit will be applied for those students holding:

HLTAID004 Provide an emergency first aid response in an education and care setting

The Bridging Program is separated into six clusters for ease of study and assessment. Within each cluster the students must complete a number of assessment items or apply for recognition of prior learning (RPL).

Cluster1 Wellbeing and safety (CHCECE002, CHCECE016, HLTWHS003, CHCPRT001)
Cluster2 Provide care and nutrition (CHCECE003, CHCECE004, CHCECE005)
Cluster3 Nurturing relationships and responsive practice (CHCECE007, CHCECE020, CHCECE021, CHCECE026)
Cluster4 Engage and promote children’s learning and development (CHCECE017, CHCECE018, CHCECE022, CHCECE023, CHCECE024)
Cluster5 Legislation and service quality (CHCLEG001, CHCECE009, CHCECE019, CHCECE025, BSBLED401)
Cluster6 Diversity (CHCDIV001, CHCDIV002)


Vocational outcomes for graduates of this qualification may include:

  • Centre Based Director or Centre Manager
  • Lead Educator in long day care, child care centres, occasional care
  • Educational Leader
  • Family Day Care Educator or Coordinator
  • In Home Care Provider or Coordinator
  • Out of School Hours Educator or Coordinator
  • Assistant Educator in a Kindergarten or preschool program, working with a teacher
  • Nanny
  • Other education based employers may accept this qualification, such as working as tutor, education support staff or as teacher aides.

This recognition arrangement is in place for any person who completes the ECTBP by the end of 2021.

All primary teachers enrolled in this program are ‘taken to be an early childhood teacher’ under the ‘actively working towards’ provision.

After the end of 2021, this transitional measure is scheduled to cease, however educators who had obtained this combination of qualifications before the end of 2021 will continue to be recognised under this provision.

For further clarification, refer to: http://www.acecqa.gov.au/Recognition-as-an-equivalent-early-childhood-teacher


TLC offers a variety of payment methods including direct debit, Ezidebit (payment plan), cheque, study loans, credit card or money order.

A student handbook is available prior to enrolment which outlines all policies in relation to fees, refunds, suspensions and cancellations.

Your quoted fee will depend on study mode chosen, whether you have any further credit transfers or, if applying for RPL, whether there is any gap training required.

Higher Level Skills students pay a student contribution fee with remainder of course fees paid by the Department of Employment, Small Business and Training.

N.B. There is no set textbook for the Bridging Program but there are strongly recommended texts. The Department of Education and Training advise the following texts would greatly assist students in completing assessments and provide useful resources for the role of early childhood educator or teacher.

  1. Walker, L., Miller, S., & Tansey, S. (2014). The Early Childhood Educator for Certificate III.
  2. Walker, L., Miller, S., & Tansey, S. (2014). The Early Childhood Educator for Diploma.

As the texts aren’t compulsory, TLC Training Solutions does not include a text book fee in the cost of the course or supply the texts. TLC can purchase these texts for you for $200 or you can source resources independently.

Higher Level Skills

Workplace Based / RPL not including First Aid – $315 (non-concession) or $169 (concession)

Workplace Based / RPL including First Aid –$320 (non-concession) or $172 (concession)

Fee for Service – External or Workplace Based

Enrolment Fee – $250

Per Unit Fee $150

Fee for Service – Recognition of Prior Learning

Enrolment Fee – $200

Per Unit Fee $120