NZ Certificate in Early Childhood Education and Care

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Our New Zealand 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 18-week 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.

About This Course

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, you will complete a minimum of 70 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.

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

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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).

Upcoming Intakes

Campus Start Date Domestic International *
Hamilton 17 February 2020 $0 $8045
Christchurch 17 February 2020 $0 $8045

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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Key Information

Entry requirements

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

NCEA Level 1 is preferred but not essential

FEES FREE for students aged 16-19
Available to students aged 20+ at a fee of $2,150.00

International students must have a General or Academic IELTS score of 5 with no bands score lower than 5, or equivalent.

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

18 weeks

Tuition fees

Total qualification
Youth Guarantee Available Yes
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Student Fees $2,100.00 for students aged 20+

Note: All Key Information is the most recent available relating to domestic students. For more detailed information refer to Course Documents.

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NZ Certificate in Early Childhood Education and Care

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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