New Zealand Diploma in Early Childhood Education and Care

Te Rito Maioha Early Childhood New Zealand Incorporated

Subject area

Nannying and Early Childhood Care




1 Year

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 proficient early childhood educators who can provide and/or support the practice-based education and care of mokopuna - infants, toddlers, and young children in a range of early childhood contexts.

This qualification is intended for people who intend to work as early childhood educators or proceed to further study. This qualification does not lead to teacher registration.

Graduates may work independently or as part of a team in a range of early childhood contexts including those underpinned by specific philosophies, and to proceed to further study. It is also intended to enhance community outcomes.

Key Information for Students

Entry Requirements

Minimum requirements

* The applicant must have NCEA L3 (including 10 literacy credits at level 2; and 10 numeracy credits at level 1, or overseas equivalence). However, if an applicant has NCEA Level 2 and has been working in a relevant ECE setting for more than 6 months their application may be considered. * The Director Teaching and Learning (DTL) has delegated authority to consider such cases and, where warranted, to grant admission. * Special admission (applies only to applicants over 20 years of age). * An applicant who is over 20 years of age and who does not meet the general admission requirements may be accepted for admission where they can demonstrate preparedness for study and qualification equivalency through work/voluntary experience. * The Director Teaching and Learning (DTL) has delegated authority to consider such cases and, where warranted, to grant admission. Domestic learners: To be eligible for selection all applicants must meet the following entry criteria: * Be at least 17 years old * Be of good character and have no criminal convictions or charges pending that would preclude them from working with children. The Criminal Records (Clean Slate) Act 2004 applies. * Consent to the release of personal information that may be held by the NZ Police * Undertake a children's worker safety check under the VCA Act 2014

Detailed requirements

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


1 Year

Tuition Fees

Annual Total qualification
Student fees
(what you pay)
$6,228 $6,228
Government tuition subsidy
(what the government pays)
$5,574 $5,574
Total $11,802 $11,802

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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: (04) 473 4672
Fax: (04) 473 7295

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

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