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Certificate in Early Childhood and Care
(Level 4)

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

Whether you are employed, a volunteer, or not currently working in early childhood care and education and would like to gain a recognised qualification, you can pursue a fulfilling career in early childhood education while you study.

You'll learn child development, observation, learning and play while putting your skills directly into practice to deliver quality learning for our tamariki. You will also learn to develop communication skills to build relationships with children, parents, family and colleagues.

Find the right study option to meet your learning needs. 

Campus based learning: Gain valuable hands-on experience even if you are not yet employed. With small class sizes, you’ll have more one-on-one time with your tutor - and more chances to get to know your classmates. Includes a 4-week work placement as part of your studies. 

Streamed learning: If you are employed, either paid or unpaid, and seeking a more personal learning experience can enjoy 10 hours of class per week by joining streamed lessons online by friendly industry experienced tutors. This will give you the flexibility to join in on lessons from anywhere, while still getting the support and interactions with your classmates and tutor online.

Online learning: If you're currently employed in a paid or unpaid ECE position and looking to study in your own time, our self-paced online learning will give you the tools and resources to learn anytime, anywhere at your own pace.  

This qualification is internationally recognised so you can travel and work as a Nanny or Au Pair. The program also provides entry into our Diploma in Early Childhood Education Level 5 programme.

Graduates can work as:

  • a nanny or au-pair

  • an educator in home based, centre-based and hospital-based ECE services

  • as an ECE play-group coordinator

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  • You will learn:

  • The context of Early Childhood Education in Aotearoa

  • How to create and use age-appropriate resources for the development of young children. 

  • Confidence and understanding of child learning and development

  • The early childhood curriculum Te Whariki

  • Assessment for learning and teaching practice in an early childhood setting

  • Professional practice informed by learning and development theories, government strategies and policy

  • Human development and learning

  • Health and safety policies and procedures in practice; plans and evaluation

Course start dates

Campus-based and Online


621 Great South Road, Manukau, Auckland 2104

Mar 13, 2023
Jul 17, 2023


Study from anywhere in NZ.

Apr 24, 2023
Jul 17, 2023


1 Prosser Street, Elsdon, Porirua 5022, Wellington

Jul 17, 2023


94 Tristram Street, Hamilton Central, Hamilton 3204

Jul 17, 2023



1 Prosser Street, Elsdon, Porirua 5022, Wellington

Jul 17, 2023


621 Great South Road, Manukau, Auckland 2104

Jul 17, 2023
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