New Zealand Diploma in Early Childhood Education and Care (Level 5) [Version 1]
NZ2851Closed to new enrolments
The New Zealand Diploma in Early Childhood Education and Care will ready you for a rewarding career educating and caring for infants and young children.
Cost$5,136 NZ Domestic
Not including any course materials or external exam fees.
Practicum Vaccination Information
Learners entering practicum placements from 5 April 2022 onwards are no longer required under the Government’s COVID-19 Public Health Response (Vaccinations) Order 2021 to be vaccinated.
However, individual early childhood education centres hosting practicums may still have vaccination requirements in place that Open Polytechnic learners, academic staff and adjuncts may need to adhere to.
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You will gain the skills and knowledge needed to work as an early childhood teacher, in a variety of settings including:
- early childhood centres
- puna reo and other language immersion settings.
You can study this qualification full or part-time, so you can keep working and living your life. You can also study from anywhere in New Zealand.
If you were already enrolled in NZ2851 New Zealand Diploma in Early Childhood Education and Care (Level 5) [Version 1] up to and including Trimester 2, 2021, you can continue to enrol in your next course as normal to complete your qualification.
You have until the end of 2022 to complete your diploma.
If you need help with a study plan to complete your qualification in this timeframe, please contact us.
What you will learn
When you achieve this qualification you will have the skills and knowledge to:
- apply knowledge of early childhood education, learning, and development theories and approaches
- promote learning by implementing the early childhood curriculum framework, Te Whāriki
- provide a healthy, safe, and inclusive environment
- maintain collaborative relationships with a wide range of people in an early childhood education and care community
- engage in reflective practice in an early childhood setting
- apply professional standards, legal requirements, and ethical principles in a socially and culturally responsive manner
- understand the principles inherent in te Tiriti o Waitangi/Treaty of Waitangi and the place of Māori as tangata whenua
- practice in a culturally responsive manner informed by children’s language, culture and identity.
We deliver this programme using a mix of teaching and learning approaches. You will have paper-based course content, which you will also be able to access online.
You will also have face-to-face contact with your lecturers and other students during:
- Orientation (65000)
- Tangata Whenua (65103) workshops
- at tutorials
- during your teaching experience (practicum) in the Professional Practice and Pedagogy (65105) course.
We will hold workshops in central regional locations including:
- New Plymouth
- Palmerston North
- Lower Hutt/Wellington
You will attend four mandatory workshops during the entire programme. One of these is a two day orientation workshop.
Workshops and Noho Marae under COVID-19
All workshops and noho marae will have an online option for Trimester One 2022.
We appreciate your patience as we navigate the changing environment and determine suitable options for students.
Noho marae are two-day workshops held over at urban and rural marae around New Zealand. They will give you the opportunity to build the skill and knowledge needed to teach in a bi-cultural context.
We hold tutorials every trimester. They will give you the opportunity to explore your learning with the personalised support of regional lecturers.
This learning can be further explored with other students in online group forums.
My role at the Open Polytechnic is to support our ECE students throughout their study. Regional Lecturers have a group of students that they mentor in their area, meaning that this is a unique method of flexible learning, where you are able to study via distance, but also have a local point of contact. I am available to point my students in the right direction for support on their course work and any other questions they may have around academic study. I also offer support and guidance to students throughout their placements in Early Childhood Centres.Shannon Nearey - Regional Lecturer, ECE
The Professional Practice and Pedagogy (65105) course includes a five-week practicum. This will be at an approved licensed Early Childhood Centre. The practicum will give you the chance to work with children, alongside qualified early childhood teachers. This will help you integrate your learning in to everyday teaching experiences.
During your placement you need to work at least 35 hours and take part in the routines of the early childhood centre.