NZ Certificate in Early Childhood Education and Care

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  • Free for those aged 16 – 19
  • Fees Free option maybe available to those aged 20+
  • Opportunity to complete NCEA Level 1 and 2
  • Small class sizes
  • Graduates can progress onto the Level 5 programme

About This Course

The NZ Certificate in Early Childhood Education and Care (Level 3) recognises basic introductory skills and knowledge involved in the education and care of infants, toddlers, and young children.

The programme 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. You will develop a strong foundational grounding in essential Early Childhood knowledge. Plus throughout the 18 weeks, 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 class sizes, and supportive staff, which creates a personal and productive learning environment. Graduates can progress onto the Level 5 programme, or go to work in an Early Childhood Centre or many choose to work as an Au Pair or nanny overseas.

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Upcoming Intakes

Campus Start Date Domestic International *
Christchurch 22 July 2019 $2100.00 $8045.00
Hamilton 22 July 2019 $2100.00 $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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NZ Certificate 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.

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

There is a February intake and a July intake.

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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