STP - NZ Certificate in Early Childhood Education and Care

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STP - NZ Certificate in Early Childhood Education and Care

If you are interested in working with infants, toddlers or young children this certificate may be right for you. You will learn how to recognise basic introductory skills in ECE and knowledge involved in the education and care of infants, toddlers, and young children.
The NZ Certificate in Early Childhood Education and Care helps students to develop a strong foundational grounding in essential early childhood knowledge.
This certificate is perfectly suited to school leavers or students looking to complete their NCEA levels while gaining skills towards a career qualification. Throughout the Course, you will complete a minimum of 60 hours of placement time in an early childhood centre, giving you a real hands-on experience that will prepare you for a career in early childhood education.
Vision College offers small class sizes, and supportive staff, which creates a personal and productive learning environment. Graduates can progress onto the Level 5 programme, or go into work in an Early Childhood Centre under the supervision of a registered teacher. Or, many choose to work as an Au Pair or nanny overseas.

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Domestic Fees
Free for ages 16-19 (Fees are $2100 for students 20+)

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

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  • The basic needs of children in an early childhood service, the ethics and legislation involved in an Early Childhood Education an care environment
  • How to provide a safe environment and safe practices in an Early Childhood Education service that contributes to the health, nutrition, well-being and hygiene needs of infants, toddlers and young children.
  • The framework of Te Whäriki: Early Childhood Curriculum and its relevance to children’s learning and development in an Early Childhood Education service
    Child development and the cultural development of children’s own language
  • Attachment patterns and the significance of short term separation for young children in an Early Childhood Education service
  • The range and cultural diversity of Early Childhood Education services and their influence on the provision of early childhood education.
  • NCEA Level 1 is preferred but not essential
  • Free for ages 16-19 (Fees are $2100 for students 20+)
  • Applicants will be asked to attend an interview, which may include a short written task
  • Applicants will be required to produce two current character references
  • International students must have an IELTS General or Academic score of 5 with no band score lower than 5, or equivalent. Students will still need to meet the entry criteria for each qualification.

Graduates will be prepared to enter the early childhood education profession as:

  • Nannies
  • Educators working in education and care centres in a permanent or relieving position working under supervision of fully qualified and registered teachers

For Maori speakers this qualification may provide entry into nga kohanga reo. This qualification will also be useful for people seeking employment in community service organisations that work to enhance the lives of young children and their whanau, families and communities.

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