The New Zealand Certificate in Early Childhood Education and Care (Level 3) helps students to develop a strong foundational grounding in the essential knowledge involved in the education and care of infants, toddlers, and young children.
Throughout the 20 weeks, students complete a minimum of 60 hours of placement time in an early childhood centre, providing a real hands-on experience that will prepare them for a career in early childhood education.
This certificate is perfectly suited to school leavers or students looking to complete their NCEA levels while gaining skills towards a career qualification. Vision College offers small class sizes, and supportive staff, which creates a personal and productive learning environment.
The programme is delivered full-time by tutors as a set of unit standards, where classes are fun and interactive. Theory is delivered with a variety of teaching supports, such as textbooks, handouts, slide shows, computer-based video training, Canvas Learning Management System and direct lecture. The unit standards are delivered in an order designed to establish foundational knowledge.
Graduates can progress onto the NZ Diploma in Early Childhood Education and Care (Level 5), go into work in an Early Childhood Centre under the supervision of a registered teacher. Many also choose to work as an Au Pair or nanny overseas. For Māori speakers, this qualification may provide entry into Nga Kohanga Reo and be useful for people seeking employment in community service organisations that work to enhance the lives of young children and their whanau and communities.
Click HERE to download the Application Booklet for the Early Childhood Course. This will give you a clear understanding of all of the required documents and the process to follow to enable you to enrol.
Available Campuses: Hamilton, Christchurch
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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New Zealand Certificate in Early Childhood Education and Care (Level 3)
Our Early Childhood Education programmes require you to bring your own device (BYOD) for study at Vision College.
Below are the minimum specifications required for this programme, 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 – 2.45pm 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 a placement that runs over 60 hours (2-3 weeks) in a Centre.