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. 

*Course duration subject to NZQA approval


  • 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 need to be 17 years of age or older at the time the programme commences. Must be a New Zealand Citizen or Permanent Resident. 
  • International students need to be 18 years of age or older.
  • Be reliable, responsible and in good health. 
  • Hold a New Zealand Certificate in Early Childhood Education (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. Students enrolling in the home-based service stream, must be employed in a licenced Home-based ECE service to be eligible.
  • Meet the minimum requirements of the NZMA Entry Assessment.
  • Have an acceptable safety check (New Zealand Police Vet) prior to beginning of practical experience; home-based must be employed in a licenced Home-based ECE service, produce reference and attestation letter which includes current police vetting information from HB employer. 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.
  • If English is not your first language, an IELTS of Level 5.5 (General or Academic) with no sub-score less than 5, or equivalent is required
  • 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 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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