Diploma in Early Childhood Education - Level 5

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Study Early Childhood Education at NZMA

This programme will develop your knowledge and skills as an educator, enabling you to provide and support the education and care of infants, toddlers, and young children. The programme includes a practicum in an Early Childhood Centre which is an integral part of the course.

Course content includes:

  • Communities in Aotearoa New Zealand, and Maori as tangata whenua
  • The early childhood curriculum Te Whariki applied to assessment for learning and teaching practice in an early childhood centre
  • Practice informed by learning and development theories, government strategies and policy
  • Health and safety policies and procedures in practice; plans and evaluation

What qualifications will I come away with?

  • New Zealand Diploma in Early Childhood Education and Care (Level 5)


Course Costs

New Zealand Students

Student loans and allowances are available if you meet the criteria.
Find out if you're eligible by calling StudyLink on Freephone 0800 88 99 00 or visit www.studylink.govt.nz.

Entry Requirements

  • Be a New Zealand citizen or Permanent Resident
  • Be 17 years or older
  • Have an acceptable safety check prior to the beginning of practical experience. In accordance with the Vulnerable Children’s Act, the safety check involves verification of identity, an interview, information of work history, referee information, an NZ Police vet and a risk assessment
  • Have the ability to achieve the academic requirements of the programme, for example, the New Zealand Certificate in Early Education and Care (Level 3), or NCEA (Level 2), or equivalent
  • Show passion for working with children based on personal experience Non-native English speakers must have an IELTS level of 5.5 (General or Academic) with no sub-score less than 5.0, or equivalent.
  • Must demonstrate desire to work in an
    ECE setting, ability to complete assignments at a Level 4
    standard, and be responsible, reliable, and in good health.

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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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