Family and Community: Whanau, Hapori


In this course students are introduced to the diversity of families and family/whānau structures and early childhood services in Aotearoa New Zealand and techniques for effective communication with diverse groups of people. Strategies for developing positive and reciprocal relationships with young children are explored as well as personal, professional behaviours of an educator, including ethical responsibilities.

Students who successfully complete this course will be able to

  • Demonstrate understanding of whānau/ family diversity in Aotearoa New Zealand and strategies for effective communication with diverse peoples.
  • Use and evaluate strategies for developing positive, reciprocal, relationships with children, including to guide children’s social competence and behaviour.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the ethical responsibilities and behaviours of an early childhood educator in relation to own values and beliefs.
  • Implement and reflect on strategies for managing personal health and wellbeing.
  • Describe and compare a range of early childhood services and philosophies in Aotearoa NZ.


This course is 100% internally assessed.


No textbooks are required for this course.

Computer and internet requirements

To complete this course you will need access to a laptop or desktop computer, reliable broadband internet connection and a data plan able to support online learning such as streaming of videos (including YouTube), downloading content, and writing and submitting online assessments. If you are unsure if your current computer or internet access allows you to complete your online learning with us, please contact us before applying to enrol.

How to enrol

Before enrolling in this course you need to:

  • choose the qualification you will study the course under
  • check the order that courses in the qualification should be studied in the Qualification Structure table. This is in the Choose courses and apply tab on the qualification page.

Work towards

Course availability over the next 12 months


April enrolment dates

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Course starts -
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21 Mar 2023
3 Apr 2023
12 Nov 2023