Looking for a rewarding career as an Early Childhood teacher? We offer the very best way to get there! Study the one year NZ Diploma in Early Childhood Education and Care (Level 5) full-time on campus with our amazing caring tutors. University Entrance is not required to enter this ECE programme.
Our learning environment is very different from other education providers, as we have small class sizes to ensure good levels of personal tuition and care. Classes are fun and interactive, and we include over 200 hours of placement in Early Childhood centres for you to learn hands-on experience, and create connections for possible future employment.
Topics you will cover over the year include: Curriculum, Learning Development and Culture, Professional Practice and Pedagogy, Research and Inquiry, Self in Society, and Tangata Whenua.
This ECE Diploma acts as the first year of the Bachelor of Teaching Degree. Following your year with us you can then apply for entry into year two of The Open Polytechnic degree* with supported learning from Vision College. As this degree is mostly online based, you can work in an Early Childhood centre while you complete your studies.
The best part of this path to your degree is that you learn while you earn. After the first year, you can be earning in a paid job, which means little to no student debt. You will also be able to write your assignments based on real application in an early childhood centre.
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.
To enter The Open Polytechnic degree applicants must meet the university entrance requirements
Under 20 years - need to have university entrance, which includes 14 credits in each of the three approved subjects at Level 3 or above. Check the NZQA website for a list of approved subjects.
Over 20 years - if you are over 20 years of age and don't have university entrance, your application may be considered.
Open Polytechnic strongly recommend that applicants are in paid or voluntary employment in early childhood setting throughout the programme.
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 Diploma in Early Childhood Education and Care (Level 5)
Our Early Childhood programme requires 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.
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).
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.
Yes, for this programme you will receive course related cost. You can apply to Studylink for support with this.
Yes, ECE classes (Level 5) are on-campus Monday to Wednesday, 9:00 – 14:30. Thursday’s and Friday’s are seen as self-directed.
Yes, the level 5 ECE course has two placements with a total of 7 weeks spend in a Early Childhood centre.