Vision Education Academy STAR and Gateway Programme

LEVEL 2 & 3

Vision Education Academy STAR and Gateway Programme

Early Childhood Education and Care

This programme is designed for high school students who are interested in working with young children. Drawing on our many years of experience in early childhood, our STAR and Gateway programme delivers unit standards at level 2 and level 3. Offering students an opportunity to develop the skills and hands-on practical experience within the field of early childhood.

Learning can be self-paced, user-friendly unit standards provide practical learning delivered in the form of exercises and simulated scenarios. Tutor support visits can be arranged, where a qualified Early Childhood Teacher supports, guides, and provides on-going assessment and feedback of student’s work.

Several of our unit standards require students to complete placement in a registered early childhood service, placements are exciting learning experiences offering students a taster of Early childhood.

Our STAR and Gateway programme offers students the opportunity to begin working on unit standards at school before transitioning to higher study and/or work with young children.

New Zealand Certificate in Early Childhood Education and Care (Level 4).

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


Programme Outline

We recommend that students enroll in 1-3 unit standards per term, with term four being left for resubmissions and exam leave. While we have a recommended completion order, schools and students can select unit standards they are interested in.

Upcoming Intakes

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Domestic Fees
$35.00 per credit Tutor Support Visits $75.00 per hour

Fees listed are indicative only and may vary with course selection. Exact fees can be confirmed when you enquire or apply.


Level 2

29852 - Demonstrate knowledge of the basic needs and nutrition that support young children’s holistic wellbeing and development.

29855 - Describe attachment relationships and strategies used to support transitions for young children.

29854 - Describe personal and environmental hygiene and safety practices for the care of young children.

29857 - Describe patterns of development and learning for young children.

29858 - Provide and reflect on the value of play experiences for a child’s development and learning.

29853 - Demonstrate knowledge of health issues and services available to protect and enhance the wellbeing of young children.

29859 - Describe values and beliefs that inform own personal approach to the learning and care of young children.


Level 3

10026 - Demonstrate knowledge of children’s development and learning and their relevance to an ECE service.

26707 - Describe the value of play and create resources for children’s development and learning in an ECE service.

10019 - Describe and contribute to safe practices and a safe environment for children in an ECE service.

29867 - Demonstrate knowledge of diverse whanau/families and use a range of effective communication strategies in an ECE service.

26708 - Develop respectful, reciprocal, and responsive relationships with mokopuna/children in an ECE service.

29865 - Describe and reflect on practices to protect and promote the health and holistic wellbeing of mokopuna/children in an ECE service.

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.

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