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

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

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Study Early Childhood at NZMA

If you already involved in the care and education of young children at home, or want to gain a recognised qualification, then this new programme will give you the flexibility to work while you study towards a formal qualification in home based early childhood care.

Enjoy face to face learning with only 10 class hours per week, learn about child development and get the skills you need to deliver quality early childhood education in a home based setting. This programme also provides a pathway into our Diploma in Early Childhood Level 5 programme.

Graduates may be able to work as:

  • a nanny or au-pair
  • an educator in home based, centre-based and hospital-based services
  • as an ECE play-group coordinator

Level 5 ECE diploma is available at specific campuses. 


  • The development and learning of infants, toddlers, and young children
  • Context of Early Childhood Education in Aotearoa
  • Learning experiences for children during practical experience in an Early Learning Centre.
  • Planning for intentional teaching and learning in ECE
  • Legislation and ethics in practice
  • First Aid Certification


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


Course Costs

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 at least 17 years old.
  • Hold the New Zealand Certificate in Early Education and Care (Level 3), or NCEA (Level 2), or equivalent. Or for those with relevant ECE work experience, a referee who knows the applicant in a professional capacity to provide a confidential referee report in support of the application. Applications will be considered on a case by case basis.
  • Must be a New Zealand Citizen or Permanent Resident.
  • Meet the minimum requirements of the NZMA Entry Assessment.
  • Be reliable, responsible, in good health and 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 a ECE Service Provider until an acceptable report has been received.
  • Students enrolling in the home-based service stream, must be employed in a licenced Home-based ECE service to be eligible.
    If english is not your first language, you will need to have achieved an IELTS Level 5.5 (General or Academic) with no sub-score less than 5, or equivalent.

All our Early Childhood courses

Early Childhood
  • 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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