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Early childhood teacher bridging program

​​​​​If you're a primary school teacher, you can fast track your career and complete a Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care wi​thin 6 to 12 months of full-time study (depending on the skills and knowledge you need to successfully transition to early childhood teaching).​

Benefits of an early childhood teaching qualification

With an early childhood teaching qualification, you get access to more job opportunities and choices in your teaching career, including where you'd like to teach—closer to home maybe?

You can also work in different early childhood settings, such as large privately owned organisations, community based or not-for-profit services, or services on school grounds.

The National Quality Framework​ means your approved early childhood qualification will be recognised Australia-wide.

Am I eligible?

You are eligible to participate in the b​ridging program if you hold:

  • a primary teaching qualification that includes a focus on children aged 3-8 or 5-12 years old
  • teacher registration in Australia (or accreditation in NSW).

Cost of the bridging program

Government subsidies are available to reduce the cost of the Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care course. The cost to complete the program varies between registered training ​organisations (RTO).

The following RTO's are registered to offer the bridging program:

  • Amazing Education and Training Pty Ltd
  • Australian Child Care Career Options (ACCCO)
  • Australian Institute of Early Childhood Studies
  • Central Queensland University
  • Charlton Brown Pty Ltd
  • College for Australian Early Childhood Educators
  • Early Childhood Training and Resource Centre (ECTARC)
  • Educare Training Institute
  • Horizon2 Pty Ltd
  • Kirana
  • Nova College
  • TAFE Queensland
  • The Creche and Kindergarten Association (C&K)
  • TLC Training Solutions Pty Ltd
  • Traxion Training
  • Zest College

Information for registered training organisations

RTOs interested in delivering the Early Childhood Teacher Bridging Program can submit an application form (PDF, 1MB).

For more information email

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Last updated
27 September 2018
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