New Zealand Certificate in Early Childhood Education and Care

People Potential Limited

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

Entry requirements to this programme: * Open to learners aged 16 years and above. * Must complete the selection interview process to ensure they are able to meet the requirements of the programme and be eligible to meet the criteria of the funding. Any criminal convictions must be disclosed during the interview and prior to beginning enrolment on the programme. * Learners who wish to enrol on the flexible programme must demonstrate that they are able to meet the requirements of the programme including workshops, self directed learning and workplace component * Must pass a safety check consistent with the requirements of the Vulnerable Children Act 2014. * Enrolment will be provisional until police vetting applications have been confirmed and students are approved to be placed in an ECE setting in order to meet the requirements of the programme. * Must show ability to study at Level 4 with adequate literacy and numeracy skills by either providing evidence of successful study at Level 3, or equivalent knowledge and skills to enable study at Level 4. * Must be able to commit to attending a work placement in an ECE setting to complete the practical requirements of the programme for a minimum of 60 hours.

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)
$2,787 $2,787
Total $2,787 $2,787

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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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Earnings range N/A
In employment N/A
In further study N/A
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Contact details

Main Campus Office

Phone: (09) 437 7593
Fax: (09) 437 7693

Please contact the provider for details of where this qualification is offered.

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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