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New Zealand Certificate in Early Childhood Education and Care (In-school)

New Zealand Certificate in Early Childhood Education and Care (In-school)

Level 3

Discover if a career in early childhood education is right for you, while still in secondary school with UCOL's New Zealand Certificate in Early Childhood Education and Care (In-school).

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Quick info

Level: 3

Locations: UCOL Manawatū in Palmerston North, UCOL Wairarapa in Masterton, UCOL Whanganui

Duration: 2 day per week for 1 year

Dates:
First week of Monday 10 Feb - Final week of Term 3

Domestic Fees: *
Some fees may apply to complete this qualificationScholarship info

International Fees:*
Please enquire for details

Additional Fees
Compulsory course costs may apply.

* Fees are indicative only, and are inclusive of the student services levy and GST (goods and services tax). The fee shown is for one year of study.

Learn how to provide quality educational experiences for infants, toddlers and young children, gain skills for supporting whānau/parents, and acquire core literacy and numeracy skills for the industry. UCOL's New Zealand Certificate in Early Childhood Education and Care (In-school) Programme comprises theory and a practicum, and is perfect if you are serious about early childhood and care as a possible career.

How to apply
If you're interested in applying for UCOL's New Zealand Certificate in Early Childhood Education and Care (In-school)Programme, talk to your careers advisor at school. Application is arranged in partnership with your parents/caregivers and your school. Once you've talked to everyone required, you can fill out the online application form as follows:

 

Apply online for Dual Pathways

 Career & Study Outcomes

Successful completion of UCOL's New Zealand Certificate in Early Childhood Education and Care (In-school) Programme is the first step in a journey. Equipped with new skills and a taste for the industry, you will know what you need to do to pursue a career. If this is for you, you can undertake further tertiary studies in:

Successful graduates of UCOL's New Zealand Certificate in Early Childhood Education and Care (In-school) Programme have introductory knowledge of children's learning and development and will be able to contribute to the workplace as an entry-level carer. Job opportunities include:

  • Early childhood centres
  • Home-based childcare centres
To find out more about possible job prospects and salaries, see Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment's Occupation Outlook for Teachers.

 Course Information

Early Childhood Learning and Development Theory (15 credits)
Gain an operational knowledge of children’s learning, development, growth and environmental influences in an early childhood and care context within New Zealand. Students who successfully complete this course will be able to demonstrate knowledge of children's development and their basis needs, explain the link between attachment behaviour and patterns of behaviour in young children, and demonstrate knowledge of the factors that influence nutrition and their effect on early childhood development.

Culture and Communication in an Early Childhood Setting (15 credits)
Develop a range of communication skills to enhance social competency when working with a diverse range of cultural groups within New Zealand. This includes using basic te reo Māori and tikanga Māori within a familiar early childhood context to promote awareness of Māori as tangata whenua.

Legislative and Ethical Practices in an Early Childhood Context (15 credits)
Develop an awareness of the legislative requirements that support early childhood services in New Zealand, including:

  • Education (Early Childhood Services) Regulations 2008
  • Licensing Criteria for Education and Care Services
  • Vulnerable Children Act 2014
  • Health and Safety at Work Act 2015
  • Code of Ethics for Certified Teachers
  • Philosophy of Early Childhood Education
  • Te Tiriti o Waitangi/Treaty of Waitangi 

Early Childhood Practicum (15 credits - 60 hours)
Gain practical experiences within an early childhood setting to develop confidence, skills and cultural competency in working with children, families/whānau and fellow educators.
 

Previous Related Programme

The New Zealand Certificate in Early Childhood Education and Care supersedes and takes the best from the following programme of study, which is no longer offered:
  • National Certificate in Early Childhood Education and Care

 Domestic Entry Requirements

For year 12 - 13 secondary school students (NZ Citizens, permanent residents or students with an applicable visa allowing them to be enrolled in a secondary school), aged 16 years or over.

Applications are to be received from participating schools.

Recommended school subjects include:
  • Maths
  • English

Students will be required to complete a Police Vetting Check as deemed necessary by the Vulnerable Childrens Act.

 

For more information about NCEA Credits see UCOL's NCEA explained page.

 International Entry Requirements

Not applicable.

 Advice & Guidance

UCOL's New Zealand Certificate in Early Childhood Education and Care (In-school) Programme comprises 60 Credits.

This programme is part of a suite of 'Academy' programmes offered by UCOL to secondary students seeking to explore their career options while still in school. Gain practical experience and NCEA Credits.

How to apply
If you're interested in applying for UCOL's New Zealand Certificate in Early Childhood Education and Care (In-school) Programme, talk to your careers advisor at school. Application is arranged in partnership with your parents/caregivers and your school. 

Cost
Fees-free when criteria are met. 

Transport
Transport assistance is available if you meet the criteria.

Attendance expectations
Students must maintain appropriate attendance at both secondary school and Academy to remain enrolled in the Academy Programme.

 Additional Costs

There are no additional costs associated with this programme. Simply, bring a pen, paper and your lunch each week.

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