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See yourself in a career in the Early Childcare industry? We want to help you reach that goal, by enrolling in our Early Childhood Education and Care Level 5 programme. This programme aims to give you the necessary tools to be a proficient educator in New Zealand and to work within a range of early childhood settings. It also aims to provide the means to provide support and education to infants, toddlers, and young children in order to enhance community outcomes. After completing this programme, you will have the necessary skills and know-how to be an effective early childhood educator in New Zealand, along with giving you the option to pursue further studies.
What you can learn
Gain insights into historical and contemporary theories and models which have shaped and continue to shape early childhood education in New Zealand.
Explore diversity and how it relates to early childhood education. Learn how to develop strategies to support cultural issues and the concepts of inclusion in relation to Whanaungatanga, Manaakitanga, ethnicity, culture, age, gender and special needs.
Develop an understanding of the New Zealand early childhood curriculum, Te Whāriki, and how this supports early childhood education in New Zealand. You will be introduced to Te Whāriki, learn of its history and development and how to utilise it in your role as early childhood educators.
Philosophy in the ECE Context
Learn theories of development, learning and culture; Influence of context, family and whānau; Observation methods; with an emphasis on narrative writing, and planning; Ethics of observation; Reflective practice; Models of reflection: Stop, think, change / DATA Model.
Examine the role of an early childhood educator as advocates for children, families and whanau. You will consider Te Tiriti o Waitangi/Treaty of Waitangi legislation, regulations, ethics, UNCROC and children’s rights within the inclusive environments of early childhood education.
ECE Work Placement and Professional Development
Learn what it means to be an early childhood educator with our work placement programme. You will have the opportunity to work in an actual childhood setting alongside experienced teachers. The focus will be on learning about collegial relationships, regulatory requirements including health and safety aspects, educators’ ethical and pedagogical responsibilities, and reflective practice.
- Recommended to hold either NCEA Level 1 or 2 or the New Zealand Certificate in Early Childhood Education and Care or equivalent knowledge, skills and experience
- A compulsory criminal record check
- Two referees (not family or friends)
- An interview and a short statement of intent on why the learner wishes to pursue an Early Childhood Education qualification.
Graduates of this qualification will have the skills and knowledge to work as early childhood educators in a range of early childhood contexts, such as centre-based, hospital-based (play specialist assistant), home-based, nanny, parent-led or culturally-based contexts including Pasifika or Māori. Graduates may provide supervision or guidance of volunteers or other staff, in some early childhood settings. They may also be involved in voluntary roles in early childhood settings.
- Home-based carers/educators
- Nanny/Au pair
- ECE Centre Assistant
- Relief ECE work
- ECE Playgroup Coordinator
*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
"NZSE gave me the opportunity to do reliever work at a childcare centre which resulted into employment. I enjoyed my studies and if it hadn’t been for NZSE, I don’t think I would’ve made it this far."
Shofia Shainaz Ali
Early Childhood Education and Care Graduate