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The New Zealand Diploma in Early Childhood Education and Care will enable you to excel in a rewarding career educating and caring for infants and young children.
You will gain the skills and knowledge to work in a range of early childhood contexts, such as centre-based, hospital-based, home-based, nanny, parent-led, or culturally-based contexts including Pasifika or Mäori.
You can study the Diploma in Early Childhood Education and Care full-time or part-time so you can keep working and living your life. The Diploma in Early Childhood Education and Care is offered nationwide so you can study with us from wherever you are in New Zealand.
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Approximately 10-12 hours study per week for each 20 credit course. This may be higher at assessment or exam time.
Approximate cost for the full qualification based on 2018 fee information, not including annual administration fees, fee increases, textbooks, course materials or external exam fees.
Eligible for student loans, if you meet the criteria. Student loans and eligibility
For information about selecting courses to study towards this qualification, check out the Choose courses tab.
• Apply knowledge of key early childhood education, learning, and development theories and approaches to inform and guide practice in Aotearoa New Zealand
• Promote learning by implementing the philosophy, principles, and practices embodied in the bicultural New Zealand early childhood curriculum framework, Te Whäriki
• Provide a healthy, safe, and inclusive environment for the care, and education of diverse learners
• Communicate effectively to develop and 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 to guide and support practice in an early childhood setting
• Engage in bicultural ECE practice which reflects an understanding of the principles inherent in te Tiriti o Waitangi/Treaty of Waitangi and the place of Mäori as tangata whenua
• Use knowledge of the history of early childhood education in Aotearoa New Zealand to inform a developing personal philosophy of early childhood education practice
• Practice in a culturally responsive manner that is informed by children’s language, culture and identity
The programme is delivered using a mix of teaching and learning approaches. You will be provided with paper-based course resources and will also have access to these online. Face-to-face contact with your lecturers and other students will occur at the Orientation (65000) and Tangata Whenua (65103) workshops, at tutorials and during your teaching experience (practicum) in the Professional Practice and Pedagogy (65105) course.
Workshops will be held in central regional locations including Northland, Auckland, Hamilton, Rotorua, and Tauranga, Wellington, Palmerston North, Christchurch and Dunedin. You will attend 4 mandatory workshops during the entire programme, one of which is an orientation workshop of two days.
Tutorials are held locally every trimester that give you the opportunity to explore your learning with the personalised support of regional lecturers and this learning can be further explored with other students in online group forums.
During the Professional Practice and Pedagogy (65105) course you will gain teaching experience through a five-week practicum at an approved licensed Early Childhood Centre. 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 for 35 hours a week in the routines of the early childhood centre.
The degree is run on a trimester basis, with two intakes per year.
27 January 2018 - Applications for 2018 new admissions to programme close
Late Sept 2017 - 7 Jan 2018 - Shortlisting of prospective students
Nov/Dec 2017 - Mid Jan 2018 - New admissions applicants interviewed
6 February 2018 - Trimester 1 re-enrolments close
19 February 2018 - Trimester 1 officially begins
28 February 2018 - Graduation ceremony attendance applications close
18 March 2018 - Last day for withdrawing (with refund)
20 May 2018 - Last day for withdrawing (no refund)
24 June 2018 - Trimester 1 officially ends.
June 2018- Shortlisting of prospective students will take place early June with interviews in late June.
8 June 2018 - New applications close
25 June 2018 - Trimester 2 re-enrolments close
9 July 2018 - Trimester 2 officially begins
5 August 2018 - Last day for withdrawing (with refund)
7 October 2018 - Last day for withdrawing (no refund)
11 November 2018 - Trimester 2 officially ends.
Every course is assessed differently - some require assignments and others exams. Check the individual course pages for more information.