Early Childhood Education
Level 3

A great FREE way to see if you would enjoy a career in Early Childhood teaching


The National Certificate in Early Childhood Education and Care (Level 3) is FREE for those aged 16 to 19 and offers the opportunity to complete NCEA Level 1 and 2.  This is perfectly suited to school leavers or students who want to complete their NCEA Level 1 and 2 and gain skills towards a career qualification.


We offer small class sizes to allow for a nurturing environment and personal attention.


Graduates can progress onto the Level 5 programme, or go into work in an early childhood centre or many choose to work as an Au Pair or nanny overseas.

ECE Level 3

Course costs:
This course is FREE* for students aged between 16 - 19 and $2,080 for students aged 20 and over. *conditions apply

All Vision College courses are NZQA accredited.


Au Pair

If you are over 20 then you could look at working overseas and seeing the world.  This is a skype interview (please excuse the quality) with Kelly who passed our course and now works in Washington DC, America.


Vision College Early Childhood graduates will be invited to apply for childcare roles at Club Med resorts!

This exciting opportunity is open to Vision College Early Childhood graduates, aged 20 and up.


Each Club Med resort has 2 to 3 Childcare Coordinators, catering for children from 4 months of age up to 12, with most being in the younger years. The position includes return airfares, all accommodation and meals and access to the resort’s facilities. On top of that, you would be paid a salary!


Childcare Coordinators are employed for either 6 or 12 months. The opportunity applies to Cub Med resorts in Malaysia, Bali, Thailand, China, Japan, The Maldives and Mauritius.

Course at a Glance

National Certificate in Early Childhood Education and Care (Level 3)

Hamilton, Christchurch

Next Intake
12th February 2018

Course Length
Fulltime: 21 weeks

Course Info
Level: Level 3
Credits: 63

Domestic fees: 16-19 yrs: Free (Youth Guarantee)
20 Yrs + is $2,080.00

International fees: $8,045.00
You need to be over 18 years and have IELTS 5 with no band score under 5.

Main Employment Outcomes:
Unregistered Early Childhood Educator



Credits: 63
Level: 3




ECE programme - Full time

You will develop a strong foundational grounding in essential Early Childhood knowledge. Plus throughout the 5 months, you will complete a minimum of 70 hours of placement time in Early Childhood Education Centres - giving you real hands-on experience in the workplace. Vision College offers small classes (up to 25 students), and supportive staff, which creates a personal and productive learning environment. 




ECE Course Modules

 - Child Development
 - Health and Safety
 - Curriculum
 - Professional Practice
 - Communication
 - Literacy and Numeracy

*Availability of subjects listed may vary.




ECE Entry Requirements 

 - Be a minimum age of 16 years old*
 - Attend an interview which may include completing a written and maths task
 - Supply two confidential referee reports
 - Complete a police vetting request**
 - Complete a Ministry of Justice check
 - Produce a statement of personal interest in the qualification
 - International students for whom English is a second language must also have an IELTS score of 5.0 (academic) with no individual band lower than 5.0, or a recognised equivalent test.


Provisional Entry

Provisional Entry may be granted to domestic applicants who do not meet the criteria above, but present evidence of ability to succeed and are able to show they are well prepared to study the programme.

* International students must be at least 18 years old.

** International students are required to obtain a police certificate from their country of origin.





The National Certificate in Early Childhood Education and Care (Level 3) will prepare you for:



National Certificate in Early Childhood Education Level 5 - Vision College



Home Based Carer | Early Childhood Educator (unqualified) | Nanny






Domestic Fees:

16-19 yrs: Free (Youth Guarantee)
20 Yrs + is $2,080.00

Fees listed are indicative only and may vary with course selection. Exact fees can be confirmed when you enquire or apply.

Click Here for Scholarship Information and documentation


International Fees

You need to be over 18 years and have IELTS 5 with no band score under 5.

International learners are required to pay additional costs to attend one of our courses or programmes. These additional costs include medical and travel insurance cover. Click Here for more information




Downloadable documents are available here for further information or application forms:

Application booklet: CLICK HERE (Downloadable PDF)

Course related costs: CLICK HERE (Downloadable PDF)

Police Vetting Forms: CLICK HERE (Downloadable PDF)

Police Vetting Guide: CLICK HERE (Downloadable PDF)