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USP’s ECE qualifications gets international accreditation

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Early Childhood Education and Care students during a workshop at the Workforce Development Unit in Walu Bay.

The University of the South Pacific’s (USP) Certificate III in Early Childhood Education & Care qualification has been accredited by the Australian Children’s Education and Care Quality Authority (ACECQA).

The programme is offered by USP’s Pacific Technical and Further Education (Pacific TAFE).

In an emailed correspondence, ACECQA’s Senior Qualifications officer Catherine Gardiner advised that the Authority had assessed USP’s application for the Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care and this will be added to the ACECQA list of approved qualifications. 

“Under section 137(c) of the Education and Care Services National Law of Australia it has been determined that this qualification has met the requirements to be added to the list of approved certificate III level education and care qualifications,” Ms Gardiner said.

The ACECQA is the national body that guides and reports on the National Quality Framework for Early Childhood Education and Care (NQF) in Australia, and ensures children receive a high standard of education and care.

USP’s Certificate III in Early Childhood Education & Care qualification broadens students’ knowledge in early childhood education and care. It addresses key areas in growth, learning and development for children from zero (0) to eight (8) years of age. It prepares students with vital skills and knowledge that relate to health, wellbeing and safety; special needs; supporting young children’s behaviour; framework and philosophies on ECEC; children’s rights; child protection as well as skills in planning developmentally appropriate programmes and managing an early childhood education and care centre within a diverse environment. 

Director Pacific TAFE Hasmukh Lal was elated saying this was not only a huge achievement but their second international validation of Pacific TAFE’s quality which “speaks volumes of the high quality programmes offered”. Pacific TAFE is a newly strategically transformed learning and teaching section and getting international recognition from an early days is highly encouraging.

“This achievement means that our students studying in this programme are well recognised not only in the region but in Australia as the level III Early Childhood Education & Care Worker,” he said.

USP Vice-Chancellor and President Professor Rajesh Chandra congratulated Pacific TAFE for the achievement saying the accreditation of the University’s programmes gives students confidence that they are internationally recognised and are comparable with similar programmes by other universities from around the world,” he added.

“This recognition of the Pacific TAFE qualification is part of USP’s commitment to external accreditation by international bodies like ACECQA as a key feature of the University’s quest for excellence,” Professor Chandra noted.

Pacific TAFE’s first international accreditation was from the International Centre of Excellence in Tourism and Hospitality Education (THE-ICE) for its Certificate III in Commercial Cookery qualification. Certificate III in Commercial Cookery qualification prepares students with a wide range of specialised skills in food preparation and service in a commercial kitchen. The department has also received full accreditation of its 10 qualifications from Fiji Higher Education Commission.

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