Diploma in Early Childhood Education
(Level 5)

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New Zealand Diploma in Early Childhood Education and Care (Level 5)
40 weeksStreamedOpen to International Students

If you are employed, volunteering or not yet in the industry and looking to enhance your skills before moving into an early childhood education role. This programme will develop your knowledge and skills as a Kaiako, enabling you to provide and support the education and care of infants, toddlers, and young children.

During your studies, you’ll strengthen your skills and reflect on your understanding towards age-appropriate resources, how to encourage tamariki engagement, and the benefits to their learning and development.

Find the right study option to meet your learning needs. 

Campus based learning: Gain valuable hands-on experience to get you work ready. With small class sizes, you’ll have more one-on-one time with your tutor, including up to 7 weeks of work placement to build your confidence and increase your employment opportunities.

Streamed learning: If you are employed, either paid or unpaid, seeking a more personal learning experience can enjoy 12 hours of class per week via streamed lessons online by friendly industry experienced tutors. This gives you the flexibility to take classes from anywhere, receive support and engage with fellow students and tutors online, all while earning a recognised qualification.

This programme will also grant graduates 120 credits towards a Bachelor of Education through Te Rito Maioha. Speak to one of our friendly course advisors for more information.

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  • You will learn:

  • The context of Early Childhood Education in Aotearoa

  • Development and evaluation towards 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

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

Jul 22, 2024

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