Become an early childhood teacher

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Fast track your career in early childhood education and care

If you are a registered primary school teacher in Australia and would like to transition to early childhood teaching, you don’t actually need an early childhood education degree!

You can become a qualified Early Childhood Teacher (ECT) in just six to 12 months through the Early Childhood Teacher Bridging Program (ECTBP). This will enable you to teach early childhood (pre-primary) students in kindergartens and daycare, as well as take on leadership roles in childcare services.

You can even start working as an early childhood teacher as soon as you start the program.

What will I study?

As part of the Early Childhood Teacher Bridging program, you’ll complete a CHC50113 Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care, which is an advanced level and accredited qualification in Australia.

You’ll study coursework you haven’t already covered in your primary teaching degree, including how to design, evaluate and implement programs and care routines for young children.

Depending on your existing knowledge and skills, you can complete a CHC50113 in six to 12 months time (studying full time). 240 hours of workplace training is included in the course.

Career opportunities

Early childhood teachers are in high demand right now, with the industry’s job growth showing no signs of slowing. If you want a rewarding career that sets you up for life, early childhood education is a great option.

Graduates of the Early Childhood Education Bridging Program can work as early childhood teachers in ACECQA-approved centres. Their responsibilities can extend beyond those of working directly with children to leadership roles, such as early childhood centre directors, area managers and supervisors.

You can check out a range of early childhood career opportunities here.

Early Childhood Teacher Bridging Program

How do I know I’m eligible for the bridging program?

If you’ve already earned your bachelor of primary education, you probably don’t want to spend more time (and money) on an early childhood education degree. We get it.

The good news is that you don’t have to.

With the ECTBP, you can get qualified in early childhood education quickly through a combination of flexible, online study and workplace training.

You’re eligible for the Early Childhood Teacher Bridging Program if you already hold:

a primary teaching qualification (that includes a focus on children aged 3–8 or 5–12 years old)

teacher registration in Australia.

Please note this incredible bridging opportunity is reaching its end. To be recognised as a qualified Early Childhood Teacher by completing a CHC50113 as a registered primary school teacher, you’ll have to complete this bridging program by 31 December 2021.

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How much will the bridging program cost?

When you choose to complete the ECTBP with Amazing, you won’t be left with costly student debts after you’ve finished learning.

If you’re eligible, you can study the CHC50113 from just $5 per unit as part of the Higher Level Skills Program funded by the Queensland Government.

For everybody else, affordable payment plans mean you can pay weekly, fortnightly or monthly as you learn and graduate debt-free.

Tuition Fees:

Higher Level Skills co-contribution fee - Concessional student: $5 per unit

Higher Level Skills co-contribution fee - Non-concessional student: $10 per unit

Fee-for-service student (not eligible for funding): $160 per unit

Unsure if you’re eligible for funding? Find out here ›


Diploma in Early Childhood Education and Care

Course Overview:

Qualification: CHC50113 Diploma in Early Childhood Education and Care

Nationally recognised course: Yes and ACECQA approved

Total units: 28 units (23 core and 5 electives)
Note that students in the ECTBP complete 23 units only, with 5 units transferred from their primary teacher qualification. Find out more ›

Course duration: 6-12 months (full time)

Delivery method: Self-paced online learning, 1:1 support & 240 hours of workplace training

  • Core Units

    • CHCECE007 Develop positive and respectful relationships with children
    • CHCECE003 Provide care for children
    • CHCECE005 Provide care for babies and toddlers
    • HLTAID004 Provide an emergency response in an education and care setting
    • CHCECE002 Ensure the health and safety of children
    • CHCECE004 Promote and provide healthy food and drinks
    • CHCLEG001 Work legally and ethically
    • HLTWHS003 Maintain work health and safety
    • CHCPRT001 Identify and respond to children and young people at risk
    • CHCECE009 Use an approved learning framework to guide practice
    • CHCDIV002 Promote Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander cultural safety
    • CHCECE001 Develop cultural competence
    • CHCECE017 Foster the holistic development and wellbeing of the child in early childhood
    • CHCECE023 Analyse information to inform learning
    • CHCECE022 Promote children's agency
    • CHCECE024 Design and implement the curriculum to foster children's learning and development
    • CHCECE020 Establish and implement plans for developing cooperative behaviour
    • CHCECE018 Nurture creativity in children
    • CHCECE016 Establish and maintain a safe and healthy environment for children
    • CHCECE019 Facilitate compliance in an education and care services
    • CHCECE021 Implement strategies of the inclusion of all children
    • CHCECE026 Work in partnership with families to provide appropriate education and care for children
    • CHCECE025 Embed sustainable practices in service operations


    • CHCPRP003 Reflect on and improve own professional practice
    • HLTWHS001 Participate in workplace health and safety
    • CHCDIV001 Work with diverse people
    • CHCMGT003 Lead the work team
    • BSBLED401 Develop teams and individuals
  • Delivery Mode

    • Self-paced online learning
    • 1-on-1 support with your Amazing trainer
    • 240 hours of workplace training
  • Course Duration

    • 6-12 months (full time)
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If you’d like to apply for the Early Childhood Teacher Bridging Program, please complete the eligibility form and we’ll be in touch with you soon.

Or, you can contact us at or on 1300 707 058.

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