National Certificate in Early Childhood Education and Care Level 3

National Certificate in Early Childhood Education and Care Level 3

  • Duration: 21Weeks
  • Credits: 63
  • Campus: New Lynn, City Campus, Manukau
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This National Certificate is recognised under the auspices of the New Zealand Qualification Authority (NZQA).

The course will give students introductory knowledge and skills to educate and care for infants, toddlers and young children. It covers health and safety, nutrition, parenting, communication, guiding behavior and how to plan education programmes for children from birth to school age.

Regardless of the mode of delivery this course is delivered English.

Entry requirements for all applicants for the qualification leading to the NZSE National Certificate in Early Childhood Education and Care (Level 3):

• A minimum age of 17 years old and completed three years secondary education and/or achieved NCEA Level 1, or an equivalent qualification, or 20 years or over.
• An interview (by Skype, or similar, for international students),
• Complete a police vetting check,
• A statement of personal interest in the qualification (included with the enrolment form), and
• Two confidential referee reports.

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 whose first language is not English must have an IELTS score of 5.0 with no individual band lower than 5, or equivalent. They are also required to obtain a police check from their country of origin.

Literacy and Numeracy requirements

New Zealand School of Education recognises literacy and numeracy skills as an essential component for successful participation in its programmes. The objective of NZSE’s Literacy and Numeracy Strategy is to identify individual students’ literacy and numeracy needs and provide them with the opportunity to develop and improve them.

All students studying in this programme will be assessed at the beginning of their course in both reading and numeracy using the TEC’s National Assessment Tool. Students are required to achieve a step 4 in reading and a step 5 in numeracy. Support activities will be put in place for any students with identified areas of need and can include but are not limited to enrolment in Pathways Awarua or Vital English (a free online self-directed English course) and peer to peer mentoring. Literacy and numeracy activities will also be embedded within their programme.

Students have the option of completing the assessment online or on a paper-based version. Students may need to sit a second assessment in the last two weeks of their course depending on their initial results

Note: In absence of IELTS/TOEFL, international students may be asked to provide evidence of English being their medium of education and/or sit an English Entrance test to confirm their level of English. If their English rating is below equivalent of IELTS 5.0 in any band, they will be required to attend English classes until their IELTS overall band score reaches that level.

A student must study all 6 courses which encompass the 18 unit standards, as the basic principles of early childhood education and care apply across all types of service in different settings. In order to achieve the qualification, a student must be successful in 6 courses (63 credits).

The National Certificate provides students with a 6 month programme of study in early childhood education and care, and provides a pathway to go on to further study. Graduates with a good academic record and suitable IELTS grades across all academic bands will be eligible to progress to the next level of qualification or an undergraduate degree at a New Zealand tertiary institute to complete an early childhood teaching degree.

The National Certificate provides students with a 6 month programme of study in early childhood education and care, and provides a pathway to go on to further study. Graduates with a good academic record and suitable IELTS grades across all academic bands will be eligible to progress to the next level of qualification or an undergraduate degree at a New Zealand tertiary institute to complete an early childhood teaching degree.

ECE 3.1 Promoting Young Children’s Well-being
ECE 3.2 Health and Safety Practices
ECE 3.3 Fostering Young Children’s Learning and Development Through play
ECE 3.4 Planning for Young Children’s Learning
ECE 3.5 Professionalism in ECE
ECE 3.6 Communication and Diversity in ECE

Domestic: $2,625

International: N/A

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