New Zealand Diploma in Early Childhood Education and Care (Level 5) [Version 2]
If you are interested in working with infants, toddlers or young children, the New Zealand Diploma in Early Childhood Education and Care (Level 5) may be right for you.
Study type Trimester
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.
If you are enrolling into a practicum course and are concerned about your ability to meet centre requirements, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss your options.Learn more
The programme is offered nationwide which means you can study with us from wherever you are in New Zealand. This is a great way to build an early childhood career and will set you up well for further study towards an early childhood teaching degree. You do not need to work in an early childhood service while studying although this will be helpful and is recommended.
Graduates of this qualification will have the skills and knowledge to work as early childhood educators in a range of early childhood contexts, such as centre-based, hospital-based (play specialist assistant), home-based, nanny, parent-led, or culturally-based contexts including Pasifika or Māori.
What you will learn:
When you achieve this qualification you will know how to:
- Engage in early childhood education practices which reflect Te Tiriti o Waitangi/Treaty of Waitangi and the place of Māori as tangata whenua.
- Apply knowledge of key early childhood teaching, learning and development theories and approaches, and historical influences, to inform and guide practice in Aotearoa New Zealand.
- Implement the philosophy, principles, and practices embodied in Te Whāriki, and supporting resources, to promote children’s learning.
- Provide a healthy, safe, and inclusive environment for the protection, care, wellbeing and education of children/mokopuna as guided by legislative and regulatory requirements and children’s rights (UNCROC).
- Communicate effectively and include cultural protocols, whanaungatanga, and manaakitanga concepts, to develop and maintain inclusive and collaborative relationships with a wide range of people in an early childhood education and care community.
- Manage personal wellbeing and engage in the personal, professional, ethical and reflective practices required of an early childhood educator.
- Support children’s language, culture and identity, through the application of emerging knowledge of cultural competence, with consideration of diverse families and aspirations for their children’s learning.
- Use knowledge of philosophies, perspectives and contexts of early childhood education in Aotearoa New Zealand, including contemporary Māori and Pasifika education developments and implications for practice, to inform an emerging personal philosophy of practice.
You will access courses online with academic support from academic staff members. Contact with your academic staff members and other students will occur at regional workshops, noho marae, tutorials and during practicums over the course of your study.
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.
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
In this programme you will attend a 2 day overnight stay on an urban or rural marae. Attending a noho marae will give you the opportunity to build skills and knowledge needed to teach in a bi-cultural context.
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.
During the Professional Practice 1 (EDU508) course you will gain teaching experience through a five-week practicum at an approved licensed Early Childhood Setting. This offers you the opportunity to work alongside children and qualified early childhood teachers to integrate your learning in relation to everyday teaching experiences. During your placement, you are required to actively participate in the routines of the early childhood centre.