NZ Diploma in Early Childhood Education and Care

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NZ Diploma in Early Childhood Education and Care

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 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 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 your degree with either Open Polytechnic degree, Te Rito Maioha or New Zealand Tertiary 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 ECE degree is that you learn while you earn. After the first year, you can be earning in a paid early childhood 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: 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

26 Jul 2021


Domestic Fees

International Fees *

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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  • Apply knowledge of key early childhood education, learning, and development theories and approaches to inform and guide practice in Aotearoa New Zealand
  • Promote learning by implementing the philosophy, principles, and practices embodied in the bicultural New Zealand early childhood curriculum framework, Te Whäriki
  • Provide a healthy, safe, and inclusive environment for the care, and education of diverse learners
  • Communicate effectively to develop and maintain collaborative relationships with a wide range of people in an early childhood education and care community.
  • Engage in reflective practice in an early childhood setting
  • Apply professional standards, legal requirements, and ethical principles in a socially and culturally responsive manner to guide and support practice in an early childhood setting
  • Engage in bicultural ECE practice which reflects an understanding of the principles inherent in te Tiriti o Waitangi/Treaty of Waitangi and the place of Mäori as Tangata Whenua
  • Use knowledge of the history of early childhood education in Aotearoa New Zealand to inform a developing personal philosophy of early childhood education practice
  • Practice in a culturally responsive manner that is informed by children’s language, culture and identity

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

  • 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 write a short essay
  • Applicants will be required to produce two current character references and undergo a police check
  • Students for whom English is a second language may be required to obtain an IELTS Academic score of 5.5 with no individual band lower than 5.0, or equivalent test.

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Our Early Childhood Level 5 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)
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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