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Early Childhood Education

NZ Certificate in
Early Childhood Education and Care (Level 4)

Duration: 16 study weeks + holidays
delivered online
Credits: 60 credits
  • Open entry with interview
  • Preference will be given to students with qualifications in Information Technology Level 3/4 and above, and/or NCEA level 2/3 OR overseas high school certificate
English Requirements
  • IELTS Academic score of 5.5 with no band less than 5.0 or other NZQA approved criteria
If you require assistance in gaining the correct English Language proficiency, please visit our sister school, Seafield School of English.
This programme requires students to have access to a laptop/desktop that can connect to the internet with a web browser and a required minimum screen size of 10 inches. For device specifications, please talk to your Course Advisor.

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About the Programme
Are you passionate about looking after and teaching children? Get certified for it with our New Zealand Certificate in Early Childhood Education and Care.

This highly accessible, engaging and creative online programme will give you the pre-requisite skills and knowledge to become a competent Early Childhood Kaiako for both work in Child Care Centres or in the community. This will be ideal if you are thinking of entering the ECE industry with no previous experience, are already working in the sector, or you are currently a home-based educator needing to become qualified at Level 4.

In the last block of the course, you will be embedded at a licensed Home-Based service or an Early Childhood Centre for up to 64 hours.

Completing this certification can allow you to pursue further studies or start a career as a home-based educator, nanny, playgroup coordinator or a relief teacher for an ECE center under supervision.

Apply now to study this highly flexible online programme.

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Entry Requirements

What You Will Learn

Te Marau (Curriculum)
Te Mātauranga (Professional Knowledge)
Te Mātauranga
(Professional Knowledge)
Whakaako Mokopuna (Pedagogy)
Whakaako Mokopuna
Kia Whakahāngai (Practice)

Study FREE with Fees-Free

Study for free our NZ Certificate in Early Childhood Education (Level 4) under our Fees-Free* promotion (for NZ Domestic students). Contact our team to see if you qualify or to find out if any other options apply to you.

Next Steps

Qualified Home-Based Educator

Our course will prepare you with the right skills and experience as you spend time at a licensed home-based service or ECE centre as part of your curriculum.

Higher level studies

Completing our NZ Certificate in Early Childhood Education (Level 4) may allow you to pathway to higher level studies at Te Rito Maioha, Unitec or other institutions (conditions apply).
Get in touch for more information
Get in touch with our quick contact form and one of our friendly team members will get in touch with you. You can also give us a call. Our office hours are Monday to Friday, 9am - 5pm.