Admission process for new students

Spaces in the Bachelor of Teaching (ECE) are limited. Application is subject to a selection process, which includes:

  • applicants submitting an online enrolment application form
  • shortlisting
  • interviews of shortlisted applicants.
  • completion of a literacy and numeracy assessment set by Open Polytechnic. Applicants must pass both the literacy and numeracy assessment in order to be offered a place on the programme.

    Literacy and Numeracy Information Sheet

This programme's enrolment dates differ from our standard dates.


Application information you need to provide

As part of the application form you need to give us the following information:

  • Whether you work or volunteer in a licensed early childhood setting (we recommend you do during your studies).
  • If you intend to study part-time or full-time.
  • If you have applied for a TeachNZ scholarship.
  • If you will apply for cross-credits.
  • What qualifications you have completed (other than at secondary school).

You also need to provide us with:

  • Evidence of study. This may include academic transcripts, certificates, diplomas and/or degrees. You can upload this when you fill in the application form or post it to us.
  • Details of your current and previous employers over the last five years, paid and/or voluntary.
  • If you have a conviction for any offence, including traffic infringements, in any country.
  • Your interests, hobbies, or iwi and community responsibilities or involvement.
  • A recent colour photo of yourself.  (A good quality image (in JPG format) of your face and shoulders. Please ensure the image is a minimum of 500 KB and does not exceed 3 MB in size.)

You also need to write 200-300 words on why you want to be an early childhood teacher and think you will be successful in the role.


During your application you be asked to give us the names, email addresses and phone numbers of two people who know you and have observed you interacting with young children. They need to have agreed to provide a confidential report in support of your application.

You can also access the form below

Referee Report form

Your referees cannot be a close friend or relative.


Police vetting

When you apply, you need to complete a Vetting Request and Consent form. The Teaching Council of Aotearoa New Zealand requires us to undertake a police check on all students over the age of 17. This form authorises the New Zealand Police to share information about you with Open Polytechnic*. All information is confidential.

When you return this form, you need to include two forms of identification. These must be verified by a trusted referee.

You can download the form and details of how to complete and return it during the online enrolment process.

Vetting Request and Consent Form

*Note – Early Childhood students have a role that predominantly involves the delivery of education to children. Therefore, pursuant to Section 16 of the Criminal Records (Clean Slate) Act 2004, criminal convictions will not be released IF the applicant is eligible for clean slate.


After you apply

After we receive your application and the required documentation, we will get in touch to acknowledge receipt. After the application close off date, we will let you know if we shortlist you for an interview.

Re-enrolling students

To re-enrol: 

  • Select the course(s) you want to enrol in
  • Fill in the three-step online enrolment form before the application close-off date for re-enrolling students.

Enrolment dates


Fill out a practicum organisation form

As part of this qualification, you need to complete five assessed practicums, totalling 120

days in a number of approved licenced early childhood settings.

 Fill in the Practicum organisation form before the start of the trimester. This will help us plan for the trimester and secure dates and placements where possible.

Practicum Organisation form