NZ Diploma in Early Childhood Education and Care


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LEVEL 5

1 Year

BYOD

NZ Diploma in Early Childhood Education and Care

The New Zealand Diploma in Early Childhood Education and Care (Level 5) enables students to excel in a rewarding career educating and caring for infants and young children. Over the programme, students gain the skills and knowledge needed to work in a range of early childhood contexts, such as centre-based, hospital-based, home-based, nanny, parent-led, or culturally-based contexts including Pasifika or Māori. University Entrance is not required to enter this Diploma.

Throughout the year, we include over 200 hours of placement in an early childhood centre for students to learn hands-on and create connections for possible future employment.

Throughout this diploma, students will cover research skills, learning and human development theories, curriculum development, Tikanga Māori and the Treaty of Waitangi, professionalism and safety in early childhood education and care.

Classes are fun and interactive, with up to 200 hours of placement in an early childhood centre that gives students the opportunity to work alongside children and qualified early childhood teachers to integrate their learning in relation to everyday teaching experiences.

This diploma acts as the first year of the Bachelor of Teaching Degree. Following this diploma, students can apply for entry into year two of the degree with The Open Polytechnic, Te Rito Maioha or New Zealand Tertiary College*. As this degree is mostly online-based, students can work in an early childhood centre while they complete their studies. They will also be able to write their 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: Students must meet the entry requirements and English levels of these institutions in order to be accepted on this pathway.

Available Campuses: Pukekohe, Hamilton, Christchurch 

Upcoming Intakes

Hamilton
28 Feb 2022
Christchurch
28 Feb 2022
Pukekohe
28 Feb 2022

Fees

Domestic Fees
$5,950

International Fees *
$16,674

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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WHAT WILL YOU LEARN

Curriculum

  • The arts as an integrated curriculum
  • Oral and written literacy
  • Visual literacies: Children’s world views
  • Learning through performance
  • Pedagogy and creativity

Learning Development and Culture

  • Learning and development in culture
  • The social and cultural context
  • Infant and toddlers: Early brain development
  • Young children’s learning and development
  • Early language learning and the influence of cultural and social factors

Professional Practice and Pedagogy

  • Professional practice through placement
  • Pedagogical knowledge that will support and inform professional practice

Research and Inquiry

  • Introduction to library skills and research
  • Observing and recording
  • Assessing and supporting young children’s learning
  • Developing reflective practice
  • Maori and Pacific research perspectives

Self in Society

  • Sociological terms and concepts
  • Inclusive practice and early childhood teaching
  • Families in Aotearoa New Zealand
  • Responding to diversity: Introducing early childhood education services in Aotearoa New Zealand
  • The social and political nature of early childhood education

Tangata Whenua

  • Te Tiriti o Waitangi
  • Whanaungatanga and Te Tiriti o Waitangi
  • Bilingual/bicultural awareness
  • Te Reo me ngā tikanga Māori
  • Māori kinship and the Māori Education Framework
WHAT QUALIFICATIONS WILL YOU GET

New Zealand Diploma in Early Childhood Education and Care (Level 5)

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS
  • NCEA Level 2 is required for students aged 16-19 (NCEA is not required for students 20+).
  • Applicants will be required to attend an interview, where they will be required to complete a short written task.
  • Applicants will be required to produce two current character references and undergo a police check

Provisional Entry:

  • Provisional Entry may be granted to domestic applicants who do not meet the criteria above, but present evidence of ability to succeed and are able to show they are well prepared to study the programme.

International Students:

  • International students for whom English is a second language must have an IELTS Academic score of 5.5 with no band score lower than 5.0, or recognised equivalent test.

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BRING YOUR OWN DEVICE REQUIREMENTS

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 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)
Intel Celeron
4GB of memory
320GB+ Hard Drive or 128GB+ Solid State Drive
Across our programmes we use Microsoft Windows based applications.

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.

Frequently Asked Questions

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.

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