NZ Diploma in Early Childhood Education and Care


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Looking for a rewarding career as an Early Childhood teacher? We offer the very best way to get there! Study the one year New Zealand 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 programme.

This diploma acts as the first year of the Bachelor of Teaching Degree, which students can continue on to through the Open Polytechnic.


About This Course

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, 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.

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.

 

*Note:

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.

 

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Career Opportunities

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).

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.


Upcoming Intakes

Campus Start Date Domestic International *
Christchurch 22 July 2019 $5850 $16395
Hamilton 22 July 2019 $5850 $16395
Pukekohe 22 July 2019 $5850 $16395
Auckland 22 July 2019 $5850 $16395

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 For StudentsNew Zealand Government Logo

Entry requirements

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

Applicants must be proficient in the English language (both written and spoken); complete an online literacy test and participate in an interview process. Enrolment is subject to approval by the National Manager. Additionally, students are expected to pass a NZ Police vetting process (and, if international students, a Police Vet from their own country), to satisfy the Vulnerable Children's Act 2014 and to ensure confidence in our students when they go on placement. Two confidential referee checks from external parties are also required. Students under the age of 20 are required to have NCEA 2. International students must have an IELTS Academic score of 5.5 with no band score lower than 5.0. ATC New Zealand accepts other internationally recognised tests and other methods, where relevant, of providing acceptable evidence of English language proficiency as listed under rule 18 of NZQF Programme Approval and Accreditation Rules 2013, and in particular the 'Acceptable evidence of English language proficiency' found at: http://www.nzqa.govt.nz/providers-partners/qa-system-for-teos/english-international-students/

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

1 Year

Tuition fees

Total qualification
Student fees $5,849
The total tuition fees payable by a student to study this qualification, additional to what the government contributes. (This is an average based on recent course enrolments. Your fees may differ depending on your course selection.)
Government tuition subsidy $5,706
The average total amount paid by government towards the tuition fees for this qualification, additional to what the student pays. (This is an estimate based on the fees subsidy paid by government to tertiary providers last year.)
TOTAL $11,555
The combined total of the amount paid by both the student and government towards the total tuition fees for this qualification. (This is an estimate based on recent course enrolments and the fees subsidy paid by government to tertiary providers last year.)
Student loan information
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StudyLink

Student success The percentage of students who successfully completed courses towards this qualification last year.

Successful course completions

N/A

National Graduate Outcomes

3 years after completion
Median earnings
The median represents the middle value for all earnings of young graduates who completed a qualification in this subject area at this level nationally. Earnings do not relate specifically to graduates who completed qualifications at ATC New Zealand.
$28,926
Earnings range
The range shows the upper and lower quartile values representing the one quarter point and three quarters point for all earnings of young graduates who completed qualifications in this subject area. Half of all graduates had earnings within this range.
$19,183 - $37,617
In employment
This percentage relates to young graduates who completed a qualification in this subject area at this level nationally and does not relate specifically to graduates who completed qualifications at ATC New Zealand.
43%
In further study
This percentage relates to young graduates who completed a qualification in this subject area at this level nationally and does not relate specifically to graduates who completed qualifications at ATC New Zealand.
44%
On a benefit
This percentage relates to young graduates who completed a qualification in this subject area at this level nationally and does not relate specifically to graduates who completed qualifications at ATC New Zealand.
7%

Note: All KIS information is the most recent available relating to domestic students only.
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FAQ'S

NZ Diploma 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.

Yes, for the level 5 programme you will receive course related cost. You can apply to Studylink for support with this.

Yes, classes are on-campus Monday to Wednesday, 9:00 – 14:30. Thursday’s and Friday’s are seen as self-directed

Yes, the level 5 course has two placements with a total of 7 weeks spend in a centre.

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