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Early Childhood Education and Care (13ECE)

Course Description

Teacher in Charge: Celia King

Early Childhood Education and Care

Are you interested in working with infants, toddlers or young children?

This one-year specialty course will prepare you for an entry level role as a nanny, home based educator, early childhood centre educator or a kaiāwhina in a Māori immersion setting if you speak te reo. It can also prepare you for higher level study leading to an ECE teaching qualification.

A highlight of this course is the 1 full day a week placement in an ECE Centre with two different centres over the year. (Half the year in each.)

Course Components

  • Examine and work with the NZ Early Childhood Curriculum Te Whaariki
  • Build on professional practice, effective communication, working in partnerships using bicultural framework for childhood learning in Aotearoa New Zealand
  • Examine the value of play for children in learning
  • Explore early childhood learning and development progression
  • Demonstrate basic Te Reo Māori and tikanga Māori specific to the early childhood environment
  • Provide nutritious food for children and consider health, safety, wellbeing and ethical responsibilities in the early childhood environment

And so much more!

16 Hours per week 

Students wishing to attain UE must take two additional approved subjects.

Recommended Prior Learning

Entry Requirements

  • Interview
  • Age 17 at course commencement.
  • Written references
  • Latest school report (If relevant).
  • Adults may require an entrance test.
  • Interview to assess suitability for working with children.
  • NZ Police Vetting
  • Students should have, or be working towards, UE literacy writing credits and 10 numeracy credits.

Contributions and Equipment/Stationery

Enrolment Fee
Under 19 - $0 (MOE Funded)
Age 19+ - $220

Specialty Course Cost - $250
(Take home materials including own customised resource kit and First Aid Course)

Assessment Information

60+ Internal Credits
Level 3 New Zealand Certificate in ECE
Opportunity to gain 14+ credits in Level 3 Home Economics.