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 ECE 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, 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 Early Childhood Education Practice, Health and Wellbeing Practices, Safety in an ECE Setting, Communication, and Professional Practice.
This programme 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.
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.
New Zealand Certificate in Early Childhood Education and Care (Level 3)
Our Early Childhood Education 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)
4GB of memory
320GB+ Hard Drive or 128GB+ Solid State Drive
Across our programmes we use Microsoft Windows based applications.
Nannies/child carers are responsible for the care, wellbeing and education of infants, toddlers and children in the home.
Teacher aides assist teachers in a classroom by working with students on a one-to-one basis, or in groups.
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).
The hours for this Early Childhood Education course are 9am – 2.30pm Monday to Friday. We break for morning tea and for lunch during the day.
No. The Early Childhood Education courses 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 Early Childhood Education course has one placement that runs over 5 weeks in a Centre.