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This qualification is designed for people who are involved in the care and education of children in a variety of early childhood education settings. Specifically designed for distance learners, it is suitable for people involved in a range of early childhood settings including home-based, education and care centres and play groups. The certificate is also endorsed by the NZ HomeBased Childcare Association and Barnardos to ensure it meets the needs and requirements of the homebased early childhood education sector.
Early Childhood Education (2.9 MB PDF)
For each credit, allow about 10 hours of study. You will need to allow for a heavier workload around assessment due dates.
This cost is an approximate total cost for the full qualification and is a guide based on 2015 fee information. The cost does not include annual administration fees, course fee increases, set textbooks, course materials or external exam fees.
This qualification is eligible for student loans, if you meet the criteria. Student loans and eligibility
On completion of the Open Polytechnic Certificate in Early Childhood Practice you will have the skills and knowledge to:
Our open courses are open for enrolment every month. Each open course starts on the first Monday of the month you choose for enrolment. You must complete your study within the given start and end dates.
For each course there are two assessments which cover four modules of learning. When your enrolment is confirmed you will be able to log in to My Open Polytechnic to view the assessment due dates. You must submit your assignments by these due dates.
For information about selecting courses to study towards this qualification, check out the Choose courses tab.
You must read the information provided within the Qualification Structure table, which details the order in which courses must be studied to complete a valid qualification.