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Diploma of Early Childhood Education gets Australian accreditation

Diploma of Early Childhood Education gets Australian accreditation
USP contributes to the success of its students by improving the quality of support services. Photo: University of the South Pacific
July 28
11:00 2017

Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care (Level 5 )

The University of the South Pacific’s (USP) Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care is an Australian Children’s Education & Care Quality Authority (ACECQA) accredited course.

Offered by the Pacific Technical and Further Education (Pacific TAFE), the Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care (Level 5) addresses skills and knowledge required to provide care for children below eight years of age.

This programme builds on professional practices of a child carer and educator through designing and implementing child-centred curriculum within the requirements of an approved framework in caring, learning safety, health and child protection.

As part of this programme students have the opportunity to demonstrate leadership and management skills by supervising a team in a simulated environment or at a selected day care or learning centre.

Mr Hasmukh Lal, Director, Pacific TAFE said the accreditation meant that the qualification was now comparable to that of Australian standard.

Mr Lal added that the achievement strongly indicated that the University was making progress towards SDG 4 and has achieved, in particular to 4.2 goal target on quality early childhood education.

Mr Lal affirmed that the University’s member countries can be rest assured that USP graduates would be of high quality to mould the lives of young ones.

“Students wishing to get international employment opportunities will have their qualification validation and there will be no need to go through rigorous process to get recognition,” Mr Lal said.

He noted that the accreditation further lifts Pacific TAFE as a provider of quality skills based qualification and the only provider in the region offering Australian accredited Early Childhood and Care qualifications.

The agency, ACECQA was identified by the Director of Pacific TAFE and communicated to Quality Coordinator to research on the possible accreditation of early childhood qualifications.

The process started with major revision done to the Certificate III to align it to ACECQA standards and resulted in the Certificate III being approved on 29 June 2016.

The development of the Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care (level 5) began in July 2016 and after a series of endorsement from various Quality Assurance Committees at USP, the qualification was approved by Senate this year.

Pacific TAFE began offering the first three courses in the Diploma of Early Childhood Educationand Care (Level 5) this semester to 134 students.

This is likely to increase in 2018 given the wider interest expressed and received from students in Fiji and the region.

 

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