TAFE short courses offer ECEC quals in 12 weeks for those wishing to upskill
A series of short courses offered at TAFE NSW are aimed to equip students with specific skills in early childhood education and care within a 12 week timeframe.
Micro credentials in managing a childcare centre; working with children with additional needs; teaching in Aboriginal communities; and leading a team in the childcare sector are now open for enrolments at TAFE NSW Nirimba for those looking to upskill or specialise in the sector.
Micro credentials have “soared in popularity” over the past two years, a TAFE spokesperson said, with students preferring flexible training and the opportunity to receive practical skills faster.
The four short courses are subjects from the Bachelor of Early Childhood Education and Care degree, meaning participants may be eligible for credit should they go on to study a degree.
“We’ve had great interest in the course from people who are already working in the sector and want to equip themselves with specialist skills,” TAFE NSW Early Childhood Education course coordinator, Melinda Barsoum said.
The courses also appeal to those from divergent professional backgrounds who may wish to open an ECEC service, using the micro credentials to gain foundational knowledge to begin working in the sector.
“I really wanted to gain a well-rounded understanding of the Aboriginal culture before I worked with children in the community and the course equipped me with the key skills and a cultural sensitiveness to be able to do this confidently,” Aboriginal Studies student Marie Mulder said, noting that the course “allowed her to get the hands-on skills she needed to work with Aboriginal children, elders and their wider community.”
To enrol in the Manage an Early Childhood Education and Care Service, Inclusive Practice and Principles in Early Childhood, Leadership and Management in early childhood or Aboriginal Studies, visit www.tafensw.edu.au or call 131 601.