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Early Childhood Teacher Bridging Program


Early Childhood Teacher Bridging Program

CHC50113 Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care

The Early Childhood Teacher Bridging program, funded by the Queensland Government, is a tailored, ‘fast-track’ pathway to a diploma qualification that enables registered primary teachers to work as early childhood teachers (ECTs) in education and care services. 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. Eligible teachers may also gain recognition of prior learning where relevant. 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.


The Higher Level Skills Program is a self-paced program undertaken via flexible delivery and includes a combination of phone and email support, self-paced learning materials, practical training and RPL. Participants must have access to a computer and the internet. Educare College provides all other necessary resources free of charge. Primary school teachers can now undertake a bridging program to work as a qualified Early Childhood Teacher. 

There are two components to the Diploma qualification:

  • On-the-job training – 240 hours practical learning in the workplace to gain skills and knowledge
  • Off-the-job training – Formal training and assessment by Educare College.

Funded by the Queensland Government

Student Contribution Fees:
Non – Concessional:  $99
Concessional: $49

Concessional Participants defined as follows:

(a) the Participant holds a Health Care concession card or Pensioner concession card issued under Commonwealth law, or is the partner or a dependant of a person who holds a Health Care concession card or Pensioner concession card, and is named on the card; or

(b) the Participant can provide an official form under Commonwealth law confirming that the Participant, his or her partner or the person of whom the Participant is a dependant, is entitled to concessions under a Health Care or Pensioner concession card; or

(c) the Participant is an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander person


Additional Information: 

Participants will no longer be eligible for further subsidised training under the Program once they complete the Higher Level Skills qualification

Participants will be required to complete the Training and Employment Survey within three months after training 

Participants undertaking some Qualifications are required to undertake vocational placement as it forms part of your assessment.  This will require you to work (unpaid) in a live working environment.  Duration of vocational placement will depend on your specific course requirements.