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

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Study Early Childhood Education at NZMA

This programme is designed for people who are involved in the care and education of children in a variety of Early Childhood Education (ECE) settings including care centres and playgroups. 

Course content includes:

  • The development and learning of infants, toddlers, and young children
  • Te Whariki and its application in a range of ECE contexts
  • Strategies to keep children safe and promote holistic wellbeing
  • Learning experiences for children during practical experience in an Early Learning Centre.

What qualifications will I gain?

  • New Zealand Certificate in Early Childhood and Care (Level 4)


Start Dates

Course costs

Domestic 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.

International Students: 

The New Zealand Government has imposed an international student levy on tuition and course related fees. From 1 January 2019 the levy will be 0.89% of the compulsory tuition fees.

Entry Requirements

  • Be a New Zealand Citizen or Permanent Resident
  • Be 17 years or older
  • Demonstrate a desire to work in an ECE setting
  • Must hold NCEA Level 2 or a Certificate in Early Childhood Education (Level 3) or equivalent
  • Have the ability to study and complete assignments at Level 4 on the NZQA Framework
  • Students for whom English is not their first language must have an IELTS* level of 6.0 (academic), with no sub-score less than 5.5 or show evidence of equivalent attainment
  • Be reliable, responsible and in good health
  • International students must have travel and medical insurance and a valid visa

* Other English Tests / evidence may be approved as advised by NZQA

All our Early Childhood Education courses

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

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

  • Diploma in Early Childhood Education - Level 5

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