New Zealand Certificate in Early Childhood Learning and Care

Royal New Zealand Plunket Trust

Subject area

Nannying and Early Childhood Care


Check out Fees Free to see whether you are eligible for a year of fees-free study or two years industry training. Contact your provider to confirm your study options meet the criteria.

Entry requirements

There are no mandatory prerequisites for this qualification.

Safety checks
Completion of this qualification may require practical experience within an early childhood setting. Placements require the candidate to pass a safety check consistent with the requirements of the Vulnerable Children Act 2014.

For more information on the Vulnerable Children Act 2014, safety checking regulations and guidelines see

About the course

What can I expect out of this qualification?

The purpose of this qualification is to provide Aotearoa New Zealand with people who have early childhood learning and life skills. The primary focus is on parenting roles or as support for kaiāwhina and carers in a supervised environment relating to caring for infants, toddlers, and/or young children, and for learners to be involved in formally recognised learning.

Graduates may contribute to improved community and family outcomes by providing support for infants, toddlers, and young children.

This qualification is underpinned by te Tiriti o Waitangi/The Treaty of Waitangi and the New Zealand early childhood education curriculum framework Te Whāriki.

The qualification is intended to improve community and family outcomes; support infants, toddlers and young children in Aotearoa New Zealand; and engage learners including parents, whānau and caregivers, to develop skills in early childhood learning and care. It may, but won't necessarily, lead to a career in Early Childhood teaching.

Graduates will be capable of demonstrating self-awareness and introductory knowledge of early childhood learning and care, and of interacting with children to benefit themselves and their communities.

What graduates earn

Graduates who studied Human Welfare Studies and Services at this level can earn:


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Scholarship information

Examples of related scholarships

Lyttelton Port Company Director's UC Scholarship

Provided by:

University of Canterbury - The Scholarships Office




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BPW Hawera Second Chance Education Grant

Provided by:

BPW New Zealand - Projects Chair



The grant is up to $1000 .

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This information comes from Generosity New Zealand. For more scholarships, search their givME database (formerly called BreakOut) via your college, university or local library website.

Contact details

Main Campus Office

Phone: (04) 470 4984
Fax: (04) 471 0190

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