Certificate in Early Childhood Practice (Level 4)

Qualification code OP4310

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.

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  • Level 4  
    Credits 40 
  • Workload

    For each credit, allow about 10 hours of study. This may be higher near assessment due dates.

  • Study type Open  
  • Cost $944 NZ Domestic

    Approximate total cost for the full qualification based on 2015 fee information. This does not include annual administration fees, fee increases, textbooks, course materials or external exam fees.

  • Student loan

    Eligible for student loans, if you meet the criteria. Student loans and eligibility

What you will learn

On completion of the Open Polytechnic Certificate in Early Childhood Practice you will have the skills and knowledge to:

  • Understand the history, goals, structure and philosophy of Te Whāriki: He whāriki mātauranga mo ngāmokopuna o Aotearoa: Early childhood curriculum, early childhood services and licensing criteria.
  • Understand environments (interpersonal, temporal and physical) which support and nurture children’s learning and development.
  • Facilitate positive, reciprocal relationships with children, parents and whānau.
  • Understand the principles underpinning effective partnership, the importance of Māori as tangata whenua and inclusive practice.
  • Demonstrate the professional and ethical behaviours expected of an early childhood professional.

Key dates

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.

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Assessment and exam

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.

Information about assessment

Courses you could do in this qualification

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.

Credits 20
Credits 20

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