Accreditation for Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care (Level 5 )
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(From L-R): Assistant Facilitator Early Childhood Education and Care, Ms Alelia Nagatalevu, Quality & Accreditation Unit Manager, Ms Anu Mani, Mr Hasmukh Lal, Director Pacific TAFE, and Ms Liviana Tabalala, Head of College of Arts and Humanities.
The University of the South Pacific’s (USP) Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care has been accredited by the Australian Children’s Education & Care Quality Authority (ACECQA).
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 (8) years of age.
This programme builds on professional practices of a child’s 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 that this accreditation meant that the qualification is now comparable to that of Australian standards.
Mr Lal added that this achievement strongly indicates that the University is making progress towards Sustainable Development Goal 4 and has achieved, in particular 4.2 goal target on quality early childhood education.
Mr Lal affirmed that the University’s member countries can rest assured that USP graduates will be of high quality and mould the lives of the younger generation.
“Students wishing to get international employment opportunities will have their qualification validation and 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 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 Education and 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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