Certificate in Early Childhood Practice (Level 4)
OP4310Closed to new enrolments
If you have experience in the care and education of young children, this programme will enable you to gain formal recognition for your skills and progress your ECE career.
Approximately 10-12 hours study per course per week.
Study type Open
Cost$944 NZ Domestic
Not including annual administration fees, course materials or external exam fees.
You will learn how to educate and care for infants and young children in New Zealand:
- home-based settings
- education and care centres, and
- play groups.
Qualification closed to new students
OP4310 Certificate in Early Childhood Practice (Level 4) is closed to new student enrolments, and will be replaced with NZ2850 New Zealand Certificate in Early Childhood Education and Care (Level 4), which should open for enrolments in early 2019.
If you wish to register your interest for the new qualification fill in the expressions of interest form .
Enrolments before 30 January 2019
If you were already enrolled in OP4310 Certificate in Early Childhood Practice (Level 4) prior to 30 January 2019, you can continue to enrol in your next course as normal to complete your qualification.
Please note you must be enrolled in your last course by 29 May (Block 6) 2019 to successfully complete the qualification by 28 February 2020 and be awarded the Certificate. If you need help with a study plan to complete your certificate in this timeframe, please email us.
This qualification will prepare you for a career as an educator in the home or alongside trained and registered teachers in education and care centres.
You may also be able to work as:
- a nanny
- an educator in hospital based services
- as a certificated playgroup coordinator.
Māori speakers may also be able to work in puna reo or other language immersion settings.
This qualification is also useful if you want to work in community service organisations that work to improve the lives of young children and their families.
What you will learn
When you complete this programme you will have the skills and knowledge to:
- understand the history, goals, structure and philosophy of Te Whāriki: He whāriki mātauranga mo ngāmokopuna o Aotearoa: Early childhood curriculum
- understand the structure and philosophy of early childhood services and their licensing criteria
- understand environments that support and nurture children’s learning and development
- facilitate positive, reciprocal relationships with children, parents and whānau
- understand the principles underpinning effective partnership, the importance of Māori as tangata whenua and inclusive practice
- demonstrate the professional and ethical behaviours expected of an early childhood professional.
This qualification includes a practical workplace component for each course. You will need to attend an early childhood setting for a minimum of six hours a week in one of the following types of New Zealand early childhood settings:
- licensed early childhood centre
- licensed home-based setting affiliated to a home-base service or nanny provider
- certificated playgroup setting recognised for funding purposes by the Ministry of Education or Ministry of Health. These will be programmes with a focus on supporting families/whänau and young children.
- other settings or services in NZ approved by Open Polytechnic.