National Certificate in Early Childhood Education and Care (Level 3)
NC557304Closed to new enrolments
If you are interested in working with infants, toddlers or young children the National Certificate in Early Childhood Education and Care Level 3 may be right for you.
Approximately 10-12 hours study per course per week.
Study type Open
Cost$1,450 NZ Domestic
Not including annual administration fees, course materials or external exam fees.
If you have NCEA Level 1 or equivalent this is a great way to start your ECE career. You will study three courses and volunteer or work in a licensed ECE service for four hours a week.
Closed to new students
This programme is closed to new students. Instead you can enrol in our Level 3 qualification:
If you were enrolled in this programme before 31 January 2018, you can continue to enrol in your next course to complete your qualification.
Please note, you must be enrolled in your last course by April 2019, to complete your studies by November 2019.
What you will learn
When you achieve this qualification you will know about:
- the basic needs of children in an early childhood service and the ethics involved in an ECE service
- how to provide a safe environment and safe practices in an ECE service that contribute to children’s health, nutrition, wellbeing and hygiene needs
- the framework of Te Whāriki: Early Childhood Curriculum and its relevance to children’s learning and development in an ECE service
- child development and the development of children’s language
- attachment patterns and the significance of short term separation for young children in an ECE service
- the range and cultural diversity of ECE services and their influence on the provision of early childhood education.
Graduates will be prepared to enter the early childhood education profession as:
- home-based carers/educators
- educators working in education and care centres in a permanent or relieving position working under supervision of fully trained and registered teachers
- coordinators of certificated playgroups.
For Māori speakers this qualification may provide entry into ngā kohanga reo.
It will also be useful for people seeking employment in community service organisations that work to enhance the lives of young children and their whānau, families and communities.
Graduates of this qualification will meet the entry requirements (subject to meeting to the selection criteria) for entry into the Level 4 OP4310 Certificate in Early Childhood Practice.