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NZ Certificate in Early
Childhood Education and Care

Level 4 (NZ Domestic students)

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Start date
18 weeks
Study option
This course is delivered online
Domestic: $2,544
You may be eligible for free* study if you are a registered ECE provider for staff professional development. *Conditions Apply. Contact us for more information.
This highly accessible, online programme will give you the pre-requisite skills, attitude and knowledge to become competent Early Childhood Kaiako for both work in Child Care Centres or in the community. This will be ideal for you if you are thinking of entering the ECE industry with no previous experience, or already working in the industry, or, if you are a home-based educator and need to complete a level 4 qualification.

What you can learn

Te Marau (Curriculum)
Gain knowledge and skills to understand and implement the early childhood curriculum, Te Whariki.  An introduction to the Treaty of Waitangi, Tikanga Māori, and Te Reo Māori, underpinning a bi-cultural curriculum within a multi-ethnic society. Knowledge of how to implement a holistic, inclusive curriculum.

Whakaako Mokopuna (Pedagogy)
Learn about teaching and learning in an ECE setting. Students will develop an understanding of philosophies, theories and approaches of learning  and development in providing a culturally   inclusive   curriculum. The concepts of whanaungatanga, manaakitanga and Pasifika values will be used as a basis for reflection of own practice.  A personal philosophy of practice will be developed.

Te Mātauranga (Professional Knowledge)
Learn about the regulatory, legislative, theoretical and ethical requirements that impact on an early childhood Kaiako’s practice.  This course will help you to contribute to an ECE environment that provides for the health and holistic well-being of infants, toddlers and young children.  Students will demonstrate their understanding of strategies for managing their own personal health and well-being.

Kia Whakahāngai (Practice)
Learn introductory knowledge of children’s learning and holistic development and the bicultural nature of Te Whariki within their own culturally responsive practice and the value of play and learning plans within an ECE setting. You will also learn how to develop relationships with families, whanau and colleagues exhibiting a range of communication strategies and social competence.

Entry requirements

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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Employment opportunities

Graduates of this qualification will have the skills and knowledge to work or gain employment, in a wide range of early childhood services, which may include:


*Conditions apply - get in contact with us to discuss. For more information about Youth Guarantee and Fees-Free, click here.

What people say about us

"The tutors were very helpful and supportive during my studies. I enjoyed the practicum during my programme which allowed me to participate in practical work experience and secure a job in a child care centre."

Rene Neethling

Early Childhood Education and Care Graduate