New Zealand Certificate in Early Childhood Education and Care

New Zealand Skills and Education College

Subject area

Nannying and Early Childhood Care



18 Weeks

Total student fees


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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

The entry requirements for this programme are: Minimum Age Applicants must be aged a minimum of 17 years old at the start of the programme Academic Requirements: Have NCEA level 1 or higher; or have completed qualifications or unit standards at level 2 or above on the NZQA framework or equivalent. If applicants are unable to provide such evidence, then they may be requested to provide a letter of recommendation or attestation from an employer or someone (not family or friend) who can testify to their ability to study in the programme. International Students International students must provide evidence of competency in English language equivalent to IELTS General or Academic score of 5.5, with no band score lower than 5 as specified in the NZQF Programme Approval and Accreditation Rules 2018 Appendix 2. International students must hold a valid study visa to enrol in this programme. Information to the student Completion of this programme requires practical experience within an early childhood setting. These placements will require the applicant to pass a safety check consistent with the requirements of the Vulnerable Children Act 2014. Requirements - Information from two referees (not family or friends) - An interview by NZSE staff - A short statement of intent - why the student wishes to pursue an ECE qualification - Verification of identity - Work history - Information from any relevant professional organisation or registration body - A police vet check including a criminal record check - Risk assessment as required by Vulnerable Children Act which is based on the information supplied above and the outcome of the police check. Technology Applicants who wish to study via distance or using the online mode must have regular access to a reliable internet connection and a data usage plan that will allow them to sign in to the NZSE Student Learning Management System, upload and download files including videos

Detailed requirements

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18 Weeks

Tuition Fees

Annual Total qualification
Student fees
(what you pay)
$2,760 $2,760
Government tuition subsidy
(what the government pays)
$2,541 $2,541
Total $5,301 $5,301

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A Compulsory Student Services Fee may be charged, see your provider for details.

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: (09) 827 6100
Fax: (09) 827 2660

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Where does this information come from?

The Key Information for Students data is compiled by the Tertiary Education Commission based on information provided by tertiary education providers and the Ministry of Education. Remember to check the provider’s website for further details.

NZQA supplies all other information based on material from the provider.

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