Free Certificate in Early Childhood Education Level 3

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Study Early Childhood Education at NZMA

If you’re 16-19, the Certificate in Early Childhood Education (Level 3) free course will provide you with introductory skills and knowledge in the education and care of infants, toddlers and young children within the sociocultural context of Aotearoa/New Zealand. Work experience in an Early Childhood Education (ECE) centre will introduce you to the practical skills and experience needed to prepare for a career in this industry. If you’re looking to begin your training in ECE, this is the programme to start with.

What will I learn?

  • Early childhood educational theory and practice
  • Early childhood curriculum in New Zealand - Te Whariki
  • Child development, observation and play
  • Parenting in New Zealand
  • Professional practice and ethics
  • Food technology and nutrition
  • Health and safety in early childhood education
  • Communication with children, parents and Whanau
  • Services available in the early childhood sector
  • Work placement in an ECE centre

What qualifications will I come away with?

  • New Zealand Certificate in Early Childhood Education and Care (Level 3)
  • NCEA (Level 2)


This 80 week programme is only offered at Sylvia Park Campus.

Sylvia Park Campus

11May 2015, 15 Jun 2015, 27 July 2015, 31 Aug 2015, 12 Oct 2015, 16 Nov 2015

Course costs

This is part of the Government-led Youth Guarantee programme so it’s completely FREE if you meet the course entry requirements.

Entry Requirements

  • You need to be 16 to 19 years old
  • Students must demonstrate a level of literacy and numeracy ability required to complete the programme. Students must be fit to carry out the practical aspects of the programme.

All our Early Childhood Education courses

Early Childhood Education
  • Certificate in Early Childhood Education (Level 3)

    Level 3

  • Certificate in Early Childhood Education (Level 4)

    Level 4

  • Certificate in Early Childhood Education (Nanny) (Level)

    Level 4

  • Diploma in Early Childhood Education (Level 5)

    Level 5

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