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Hope in sight to prevent closure of child care centres

There’s hope in sight to prevent the closure of child care centres in rural, regional and remote areas serviced by CQUniversity campuses or distance education.

CQUniversity says a unique teacher education program available from next year will soon fill a genuine need.

“No longer will child care centres have to close their doors due to a lack of appropriately qualified employees,” says dean of education & the arts professor Helen Huntly.

“Our Primary and Early Childhood teacher education students will be able to fill that need from the beginning of their second year of study because they will be eligible to receive the Diploma of Early Childhood Education & Care award while they continue to study towards their Bachelor degree.”

Professor Huntly explained that the Early Childhood diploma, a national VET qualification, is now embedded into the first year of CQUni’s new Primary and Early Childhood degrees, so students can work as qualified childcare professionals as they complete their degree program.

“The announcement of this initiative coincides with final approval for the merger of CQUniversity and CQ TAFE from July, 2014, and demonstrates the type of dual Uni and VET pathways that will be possible,” she said.

CQUniversity will offer a special entry pathway into the second year of the bachelor degree for those who already hold the relevant VET diploma.

The primary and early childhood degrees are available on campus in Bundaberg, Mackay, Noosa and Rockhampton or in distance mode with online learning using cutting-edge technologies.

The new programs have accreditation with the Australian Institute of Teachers and School Leadership (AITSL) (the National accreditation body) through the Queensland College of Teachers (QCT) and the new National quality agency for Early Childhood, ACECQA.

CQUniversity is also offering new secondary education degrees on campus or via distance, and all programs feature early, frequent and extended prac placements culminating in an internship, as well as multiple entry and exit pathways.

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