FEES FREE

LEVEL 3

18 Weeks

BYOD

NZ Certificate in Early Childhood Education and Care

Our NZ Certificate in Early Childhood Education and Care (Level 3) is FREE for those aged 16 to 19 and offers the opportunity to gain credits towards completing NCEA Levels 1, 2 and 3. This certificate will help you to develop a strong foundational grounding in the essential knowledge involved in the education and care of infants, toddlers, and young children.

Throughout the 18 weeks of Early Childhood course, you will complete a minimum of 60 hours of placement time in an early childhood centre, giving you a real hands-on experience that will prepare you for a career in early childhood education and care.

Topics you will cover include: Child Development and Learning, Infant and Toddler Care, Attachment Theories, Ethics in ECE Practice, Health and Wellbeing Practices, Safety in an ECE Setting, Communication, and Professional Practice.

This Early Childhood Education course is perfectly suited to school leavers or students looking to complete their NCEA levels while gaining skills towards a career qualification. We offer small class sizes and supportive staff which creates a personal and productive learning environment.

Graduates can progress onto the Level 5 Early Childhood Education Diploma, go to work in an Early Childhood Centre, or many choose to work as an Au Pair or nanny overseas.

Click HERE to download the Application Booklet. This will give you a clear understanding of all of the required documents and the process to follow to enable you to enrol.

Upcoming Intakes

Hamilton
17 Feb 2020
Christchurch
17 Feb 2020

Fees

Domestic Fees
FREE for 16-19 year olds, $2150 for students aged 20+

International Fees *
$8045.00

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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WHAT WILL YOU LEARN
  • The basic needs of children in an early childhood service, the ethics and legislation involved in an Early Childhood Education and care environment
  • How to provide a safe environment and safe practices in an Early Childhood Education service that contributes to the health, nutrition, well-being and hygiene needs of infants, toddlers and young children
  • The framework of Te Whäriki: Early Childhood Curriculum and its relevance to children’s learning and development in an Early Childhood Education service
  • Child development and the cultural development of children’s own language
  • Attachment patterns and the significance of short term separation for young children in an Early Childhood Education service
  • The range and cultural diversity of Early Childhood Education services and their influence on the provision of early childhood education
WHAT QUALIFICATIONS WILL YOU GET

New Zealand Certificate in Early Childhood Education and Care (Level 3)

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

Domestic Students

  • NCEA Level 1 is preferred but not essential
  • Free for ages 16-19 (Fees are $2150 for students 20+)
  • Applicants will be asked to attend an interview which may include a short written task
  • Applicants will be required to produce two current character references

International Students

  • International students must have an IELTS General or Academic score of 5 with no band score lower than 5, or equivalent.
BRING YOUR OWN DEVICE REQUIREMENTS

Our Early Childhood Courses require you to bring your own device (BYOD) for study at Vision College.
Below are the minimum specifications required for this course, anything less than this will not open the programmes required.

Windows 10 Operating System (from January 2020 any Windows version less than 10 will not be able to connect to the ATC New Zealand wireless network)
Intel Celeron
4GB of memory
320GB+ Hard Drive or 128GB+ Solid State Drive
Across our programmes we use Microsoft Windows based applications.

Career Opportunities

Nanny/​Child Carer - Kaitiaki Tamariki

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

Teacher Aide - Kaiāwhina Kaiako

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

Early Childhood Teacher - Kaiako Kōhungahunga

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).

Frequently Asked Questions

The hours are 9am – 2.30pm Monday to Friday. We break for morning tea and for lunch during the day.

No. This is a face to face course where attendance is required. This helps tutors to best support the students in a friendly and supportive group learning environment.

Students make resources for children, learn fun play recipes eg. Playdough and slime.

Yes, the level 3 course has one placement that runs over 5 weeks.

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