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Long Day Care Professional Development Programme

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Pursue a world-class degree in early childhood education

The Long Day Care Professional Development Programme* gives Long Day Care Centre staff the opportunity to upgrade their qualification with Macquarie's leading early childhood training courses. We offer flexible study options including by distance and part-time so students can still remain in the work force during their studies. 

Bachelor of Teaching (Early Childhood Education) 

The Bachelor of Teaching (Early Childhood Education) provides you with a 4 year qualification to teach children aged from birth to 5 years in prior to school settings such as long day care and preschools. If you have a Diploma of Children's Services or a Diploma of Community Services, you will be given credit for previous study that could significantly reduce the time required to complete your studies.

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Master of Early Childhood

If you have a 3 year Bachelor degree, you may apply for our Master of Early Childhood to extend your qualifications to become 4 year qualified. Focus on a particular area of specialization to match your interests, abilities and career goals. This course is also offered by distance and part-time. You will be exposed to the latest research and debates in early childhood and can select units that focus on a particular area of specialization.

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*What is the Long Day Care Professional Development Programme?

In December 2013 the Federal government implemented the Long Day Care Professional Development Programme (LDCPDP) to provide Long Day Care (LDC) educators with financial assistance to meet the qualification requirements under the National Quality Framework (NQF) and improve practice to ensure quality outcomes for children.

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What does the funding cover?

Funding can be used to help educators to complete qualifications, undertake educational courses, participate in industry conferences, purchase learning resources or engage in other professional development activities.

Does the funding cover staff replacement cost and other activities?

Child care providers can also use the funding to cover staff replacement costs incurred while employees undertake these activities. A proportion of the funding has also been specifically allocated to support the professional development activities of early childhood educators working with disadvantaged or vulnerable children.  

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