Certificate in Early Childhood and Care
(Level 4)

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New Zealand Certificate in Early Childhood Education and Care (Level 4)
19 weeksStudy from home optionOpen to International Students

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. 

On Campus: You’ll experience the best of both worlds with a unique combination of only 12 hours per week on campus and flexible learning from home. This means you can work and study at the same time if you choose. Plus, during your studies, you'll have the opportunity to gain real-world experience through a 4-week work placement.

Streamed: 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: You'll need to be working or volunteering with a registered early childhood education provider to take advantage of our online study option. This will help you advance your skills while you continue to work, giving you the flexibility, tools and resources to learn anytime, anywhere at your own pace.  

This qualification meets with Ministry of Education requirements and by 2025, all home-based educators must have this qualification. It is internationally recognised so you can travel and work as a Nanny or Au Pair and 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

Please note: Our online intake starting on the April, 29th will be our last online intake for the year, until further notice.

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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.

  • Assessments 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


Study from anywhere in NZ.

Apr 29, 2024


621 Great South Road, Manukau, Auckland 2104

Jul 22, 2024


94 Tristram Street, Hamilton Central, Hamilton 3204

Jul 22, 2024


1 Prosser Street, Elsdon, Porirua 5022, Wellington

Jul 22, 2024



621 Great South Road, Manukau, Auckland 2104

Apr 29, 2024
Jul 29, 2024
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