Certificate in Early Childhood Education (Level 3)

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The Certificate in Early Childhood Education (Level 3) will provide you with introductory skills and knowledge in the education and care of infants, toddlers and young children in Aotearoa/New Zealand. Work experience in an Early Childhood Education (ECE) Setting 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, learning and play
  • Professional practice and ethics
  • Health and safety in early childhood education
  • Communication
  • Organisation and services relevant to Early Childhood Education
  • Introduction to Te Reo and Tikanga Maori
  • Transition and attachment behaviour
  • Ethical and legal requirements involved in Early Childhood Education
  • Safety, nutrition, health and wellbeing
  • Observation, learning plans, communication, and relationships with children, parents and whanau

What qualifications will I gain?

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


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Course costs

This course is part of the government led Youth Guarantee Programme. If you are aged 16-19, and meet the course entry requirements, you can attend this course for FREE.

You may also be eligble for first year fees free study. 

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

• Domestic students must be a minimum of 16 years of age at the time the programme commences
• Must be a New Zealand Citizen or Permanent Resident.
• Meet the minimum requirements of the NZMA Entry Assessment.
• Have an acceptable New Zealand Police Vet before entry to the programme. If the programme begins before the Vet report has been received from the New Zealand Police, students may begin the programme but may not attend any practical experience at an ECE Service Provider until an acceptable report has been received.

All our Early Childhood Education courses

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

  • Certificate in Early Childhood Education (Centre-Based) – Level 4

  • Certificate in Early Childhood Education and Care (Home-Based) - Level 4

  • Diploma in Early Childhood Education - Level 5

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