NZ Diploma in Early Childhood Education and Care


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Highlights

  • First year of your teaching degree
  • First year full-time on campus
  • No UE required to start on the journey towards your teaching degree
  • Small class sizes

About This Course

Looking for a rewarding career as an Early Childhood teacher? We offer the very best way to get there! Study your first year full-time on campus with our amazing caring tutors. We have small class sizes to ensure good levels of personal tuition and care. If you did not enjoy school, this is totally different and you do not require UE to enter this programme.

Classes are fun and interactive, with over 200 hours of placement in an Early Childhood centre as part of your year. Following your year with us, you can then secure a role at an Early Childhood centre, from where you can apply for entry into year two of The Open Polytechnic degree with supported learning from Vision College.

The best part of this path to your degree is that you learn while you earn. After the first year, you can be earning in a paid job, which means little to no student debt. You will also be able to write your assignments based on real application in an early childhood centre.


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Career Opportunities

Early Childhood Teacher

Early childhood teachers educate and care for young children in kindergartens, kōhanga reo or childcare centres. Kōhanga reo kaiako also help children learn te reo Māori and tikanga Māori (culture and customs).

Nanny/​Child Carer

Nannies/child carers are responsible for the care, wellbeing and education of infants, toddlers and children in the home.

Teacher Aide

Teacher aides assist teachers in a classroom by working with students on a one-to-one basis, or in groups.


Upcoming Intakes

Campus Start Date Domestic International *
Christchurch 23 July 2018 $5740.00 $16395.00
Hamilton 23 July 2018 $5740.00 $16395.00
Auckland 4 March 2019 $5740.00 $16394.40
Christchurch 4 March 2019 $5740.00 $16394.40
Hamilton 4 March 2019 $5740.00 $16394.40
Pukekohe 4 March 2019 $5740.00 $16395.00

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


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Entry requirements

Minimum requirements
Any minimum or preferred criteria for entry to this qualification.

Applicants must be proficient in the English language (both written and spoken); complete an online literacy test and participate in an interview process. Enrolment is subject to approval by the National Manager. Additionally, students are expected to pass a NZ Police vetting process (and, if international students, a Police Vet from their own country), to satisfy the Vulnerable Children's Act 2014 and to ensure confidence in our students when they go on placement. Two confidential referee checks from external parties are also required. Students under the age of 20 are required to have NCEA 2. International students must have an IELTS Academic score of 5.5 with no band score lower than 5.0. ATC New Zealand accepts other internationally recognised tests and other methods, where relevant, of providing acceptable evidence of English language proficiency as listed under rule 18 of NZQF Programme Approval and Accreditation Rules 2013, and in particular the 'Acceptable evidence of English language proficiency' found at: http://www.nzqa.govt.nz/providers-partners/qa-system-for-teos/english-international-students/

Duration The minimum amount of time it takes to complete this qualification.

1 Year

Tuition fees

Total qualification
Student fees N/A
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Government tuition subsidy N/A
The average total amount paid by government towards the tuition fees for this qualification, additional to what the student pays. (This is an estimate based on the fees subsidy paid by government to tertiary providers last year.)
TOTAL N/A
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Student success The percentage of students who successfully completed courses towards this qualification last year.

Successful course completions

N/A

National Graduate Outcomes

3 years after completion
Median earnings
The median represents the middle value for all earnings of young graduates who completed a qualification in this subject area at this level nationally. Earnings do not relate specifically to graduates who completed qualifications at ATC New Zealand.
$28,926
Earnings range
The range shows the upper and lower quartile values representing the one quarter point and three quarters point for all earnings of young graduates who completed qualifications in this subject area. Half of all graduates had earnings within this range.
$19,183 - $37,617
In employment
This percentage relates to young graduates who completed a qualification in this subject area at this level nationally and does not relate specifically to graduates who completed qualifications at ATC New Zealand.
43%
In further study
This percentage relates to young graduates who completed a qualification in this subject area at this level nationally and does not relate specifically to graduates who completed qualifications at ATC New Zealand.
44%
On a benefit
This percentage relates to young graduates who completed a qualification in this subject area at this level nationally and does not relate specifically to graduates who completed qualifications at ATC New Zealand.
7%

Note: All KIS information is the most recent available relating to domestic students only.
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FAQ'S

NZ Diploma in Early Childhood Education and Care

Having a conviction may cause some challenges with some qualifications but may not exclude you from studying. Completion of a police vetting form is required for some programmes of study. Contact us for more details.

Yes, for the level 5 programme you will receive course related cost. You can apply to Studylink for support with this.

Yes, classes are on-campus Monday to Wednesday, 9:00 – 14:30. Thursday’s and Friday’s are seen as self-directed

Yes, the level 5 course has two placements with a total of 7 weeks spend in a centre.

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