Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood Teaching)

The Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood Teaching) contains 60 days of professional experience in an early childcare education and care setting for those admitted under Rule (a) and 30* days of professional experience for those admitted under Rule (b). These placements are embedded in the units EDEC341, EDEC392, EDEC324, EDEC435, EDEC322, EDEC355 and EDEC328.

To check which admission rules you fall under, please check the Course Unit Catalogue. Information for Admission to Candidature can be found under the Course Rules and Plans tab.

*Some students will be required to complete a further 10 days in the unit PREX310 to demonstrate capacity to work in a birth to two room. Please check your enrolment as to whether you will be required to complete this additional unit.


Early Childcare Settings

All professional experience placements in an early childhood education and care setting must meet the following requirements to be counted for placement. The early childhood education and care setting must:

  • Be a setting approved by ACECQA that caters for children prior to school age;
  • Be using the Early Learning Years Framework.

Rule (a)

EDEC322 (PrEx 5 days)

General Requirements for this Placement

This is a five day placement in an ACECQA approved early childhood education and care setting with children aged three to eight years.


Specific Requirements

The supervising teacher must be minimum four year trained* early childhood teacher.

*If you are unable to meet this requirement due to extenuating circumstances, for example, residing in remote or rural settings, please contact the Office for Professional Learning regarding the possibility of other arrangements.


Acceptable Venues for this Placement

  • An ACECQA approved early childhood education and care setting that accommodates for children aged two to five years.

Unacceptable Venues for this Placement

  • Family day care
  • Vacation Care
  • Before school care
  • After school care
  • Babysitting
  • Parental duties
  • Working as an au pair
EDEC324 (PrEx 5 days)

General Requirements for this Placement

This is a five day adult-oriented placement in an ACECQA approved early childhood education and care setting where whole setting early education management and leadership are investigated. If the student is currently employed in an early childhood setting/organisation, this placement must occur outside the current or past place of employment.


Specific Requirements

The supervising director must be a minimum four year degree trained early childhood teacher.


Acceptable Venues for this Placement

  • An ACECQA approved early childhood education and care setting that is NOT the UNE student's workplace (this could be a child care centre, a family day care co-ordinating scheme, or a preschool if the director has significant non-teaching leadership roles).

Unacceptable Venues for this Placement

  • Any early childhood education and care setting in which the UNE student is working or has worked
  • Family day care educator’s home setting (a Family Day Care Co-ordinating Scheme office setting is acceptable)
  • Vacation Care
  • Before school care
  • After school care
  • Babysitting
  • Parental duties
  • Working as an au pair
EDEC328 (PrEx 5 days)

General Requirements for this Placement

This is a five day placement in an ACECQA approved early childhood education and care setting with children aged two to five years. If the currently employed in an early childhood centre, this placement must occur outside the current place of employment and not in any 'sister centres' associated with the place of employment.


Specific Requirements

The supervising teacher must be minimum four year trained* early childhood teacher.

*If you are unable to meet this requirement due to extenuating circumstances, for example, residing in remote or rural settings, please contact the Office for Professional Learning regarding the possibility of other arrangements.


Acceptable Venues for this Placement

  • An ACECQA approved early childhood education and care setting that accommodates for children aged two to five years.

Unacceptable Venues for this Placement

  • The UNE student's current workplace
  • Family day care
  • Vacation Care
  • Before school care
  • After school care
  • Babysitting
  • Parental duties
  • Working as an au pair
EDEC341 (PrEx 10 days)

General Requirements for this Placement

This is a 10 day placement in an ACECQA approved early childhood education and care setting with children aged birth to two years.


Specific Requirements

The supervising teacher must be a minimum three year trained early childhood teacher.


Acceptable Venues for this Placement

  • ACECQA approved childcare centre that accommodates for children aged birth to two years.

Unacceptable Venues for this Placement

  • Pre-school
  • Family day care
  • Vacation Care
  • Before school care
  • After school care
  • Babysitting
  • Parental duties
  • Working as an au pair
EDEC392 (PrEx 15 days)

General Requirements for this Placement

This is a 15 day placement in an ACECQA approved early childhood education and care setting with children aged three to five years.


Specific Requirements

The supervising teacher must be four year degree qualified.


Acceptable Venues for this Placement

  • ACECQA approved early childhood setting that accommodates for children aged birth to five years.

Unacceptable Venues for this Placement

  • Family day care
  • Vacation Care
  • Before school care
  • After school care
  • Babysitting
  • Parental duties
  • Working as an au pair
EDEC435 (PrEx 10 days)

General Requirements for this Placement

This is a 10 day placement in an ACECQA approved early childhood education and care setting with children aged three to five years.


Specific Requirements

The supervising teacher must be minimum four year trained* early childhood teacher.

*If you are unable to meet this requirement due to extenuating circumstances, for example, residing in remote or rural settings, please contact the Office for Professional Learning regarding the possibility of other arrangements.


Acceptable Venues for this Placement

  • An ACECQA approved early childhood education and care setting that accommodates for children aged three to five years

Unacceptable Venues for this Placement

  • Family day care
  • Vacation Care
  • Before school care
  • After school care
  • Babysitting
  • Parental duties
  • Working as an au pair
EDEC355 (PrEx 10 days)

General Requirements for this Placement

This is a 10 day placement in an ACECQA approved early childhood education and care setting with children aged three to five years.


Specific Requirements

The supervising teacher must be minimum four year trained* early childhood teacher.

*If you are unable to meet this requirement due to extenuating circumstances, for example, residing in remote or rural settings, please contact the Office for Professional Learning regarding the possibility of other arrangements.


Acceptable Venues for this Placement

  • An ACECQA approved early childhood education and care setting that accommodates for children aged two to five years.

Unacceptable Venues for this Placement

  • Family day care
  • Vacation Care
  • Before school care
  • After school care
  • Babysitting
  • Parental duties
  • Working as an au pair

Rule (b)

EDEC322 (PrEx 5 days)

General Requirements for this Placement

This is a five day placement in an ACECQA approved early childhood education and care setting with children aged three to eight years.


Specific Requirements

The supervising teacher must be minimum four year trained* early childhood teacher.

*If you are unable to meet this requirement due to extenuating circumstances, for example, residing in remote or rural settings, please contact the Office for Professional Learning regarding the possibility of other arrangements.


Acceptable Venues for this Placement

  • An ACECQA approved early childhood education and care setting that accommodates for children aged two to five years.

Unacceptable Venues for this Placement

  • Family day care
  • Vacation Care
  • Before school care
  • After school care
  • Babysitting
  • Parental duties
  • Working as an au pair
EDEC328 (PrEx 5 days)

General Requirements for this Placement

This is a five day placement in an ACECQA approved early childhood education and care setting with children aged two to five years. If the student is currently employed in an early childhood centre, this placement must occur outside the current place of employment.


Specific Requirements

The supervising teacher must be minimum four year trained* early childhood teacher.

*If you are unable to meet this requirement due to extenuating circumstances, for example, residing in remote or rural settings, please contact the Office for Professional Learning regarding the possibility of other arrangements.


Acceptable Venues for this Placement

  • An ACECQA approved early childhood education and care setting that accommodates for children aged two to five years.

Unacceptable Venues for this Placement

  • The UNE student's current workplace
  • Family day care
  • Vacation Care
  • Before school care
  • After school care
  • Babysitting
  • Parental duties
  • Working as an au pair
EDEC435 (PrEx 10 days)

General Requirements for this Placement

This is a 10 day placement in an ACECQA approved early childhood education and care setting with children aged three to five years.


Specific Requirements

The supervising teacher must be minimum four year trained* early childhood teacher.

*If you are unable to meet this requirement due to extenuating circumstances, for example, residing in remote or rural settings, please contact the Office for Professional Learning regarding the possibility of other arrangements.


Acceptable Venues for this Placement

  • An ACECQA approved early childhood education and care setting that accommodates for children aged three to five years

Unacceptable Venues for this Placement

  • Family day care
  • Vacation Care
  • Before school care
  • After school care
  • Babysitting
  • Parental duties
  • Working as an au pair
EDEC355 (PrEx 10 days)

General Requirements for this Placement

This is a 10 day placement in an ACECQA approved early childhood education and care setting with children aged three to five years.


Specific Requirements

The supervising teacher must be minimum four year trained* early childhood teacher.

*If you are unable to meet this requirement due to extenuating circumstances, for example, residing in remote or rural settings, please contact the Office for Professional Learning regarding the possibility of other arrangements.


Acceptable Venues for this Placement

  • An ACECQA approved early childhood education and care setting that accommodates for children aged two to five years.

Unacceptable Venues for this Placement

  • Family day care
  • Vacation Care
  • Before school care
  • After school care
  • Babysitting
  • Parental duties
  • Working as an au pair
EDEC310 (PrEx 10 days)*

General Requirements for this Placement

Not all students will be required to undertake this unit. ACECQA requires all students who undertake the Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood Teaching) to have completed placement/teaching with children from the ages birth to two years. If you have not provided enough evidence of work in a birth to two room, you will be required to complete PREX310 (PrEx10 days).

Please check your enrolment requirements to determine your need to complete this unit. 

This is a 10 day placement in an ACECQA approved early childhood education and care setting with children aged birth to two years.


Specific Requirements

The supervising teacher must be minimum four year trained* early childhood teacher.

*If you are unable to meet this requirement due to extenuating circumstances, for example, residing in remote or rural settings, please contact the Office for Professional Learning regarding the possibility of other arrangements.


Acceptable Venues for this Placement

  • An ACECQA approved early childhood education and care setting that accommodates for children aged birth to two years.

Unacceptable Venues for this Placement

  • Family day care
  • Vacation Care
  • Before school care
  • After school care
  • Babysitting
  • Parental duties
  • Working as an au pair