New Zealand Certificate in Early Childhood Education and Care

Open Polytechnic of New Zealand

Subject area

Nannying and Early Childhood Care



20 Weeks

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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 can provide practice-based education and care in a specific early childhood context. This is the minimum qualification requirement for licensed home-based educators, and further details can be accessed from the Ministry of Education at:

This qualification is intended for people who intend to work as early childhood educators, particularly in the home-based sector, or proceed to further study. Graduates will enhance family, whānau and community outcomes and will support mokopuna - infants, toddlers and young children.

Graduates will be able to operate independently and self-manage, taking some responsibility for the performance of others. The early childhood education (ECE) setting and associated regulatory framework and criteria will determine the level of supervision under which graduates will operate when employed. For example, home-based regular sole charge practitioners would be under general supervision, while parent-led session leaders would provide guidance and supervision of others.

Key Information for Students

Entry Requirements

Minimum requirements

- Academic Entry Requirements Applicants must have NCEA Level 2, or equivalent. Applicants who have attained the age of 20 years and do not hold the minimum entry requirements will be eligible to be enrolled where their previous educational, work or life experience indicates they have a reasonable likelihood of success. - Domestic Language Entry Requirements If English or Maori is the not the applicant's first language, applicants will need an IELTS (General or Academic) score of 5.0 with no band score lower than 5.0, or equivalent. - International English Language Entry Requirements International applicants will need an IELTS (General or Academic) score of 5.0, with no band score lower than 5.0, or equivalent. - Other Admission Requirements Applicants must be at least 17 years of age. Applicants must be in paid or voluntary employment for at least three (3) hours a week and be under the supervision of a suitably qualified or experienced kaiako in an early childhood education or related setting. Applicants must pass a police vet to the requirements of the Vulnerable Children Act 2014. Applicants must provide the name, email address and phone number of two people who the applicant knows in a professional capacity who have agreed to act as a referee, and who will provide a confidential report in support of the application.

Detailed requirements

See provider website for more details about entry to this qualification.


20 Weeks

Tuition Fees

Annual Total qualification
Student fees
(what you pay)
$0 $0
Government tuition subsidy
(what the government pays)
$2,459 $2,459
Total $2,459 $2,459

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Student Success


National Graduate Outcomes

Outcomes for students who completed qualifications at the same level and in the same subject area, three years after completion:

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Contact details

Main Campus Office

Phone: (04) 913 5300
Fax: (04) 913 5308

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