NZQF Certificate in Early Childhood Education

Toitu te Waiora Community, Health, Education and Social Services Workforce Development Council

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

The Practice-based care optional strand of this qualification requires practical experience (placement) within an early childhood setting. These placements will require the candidate to meet the local regulatory requirements.

Relevant supporting resources:
- Action Plan for Pacific Education 2020-2030 - available at
- Early Learning Action Plan (ELAP) - available at
- Ka Hikitia and Tau Mai Te Reo - available at
- Kei Tua o te Pae - Assessment for learning - Early Childhood - available at
- Tapasā - Cultural competencies framework for teachers of Pacific learners - available at
- Tātaiako - Cultural competencies framework for teachers of Māori learners - available at
- Te Kete Ipurangi (TKI) - Te Whāriki online resources, which can be accessed at, including - He Māpuna te Tamaiti - supporting Social and Emotional Competence in Early Learning; Talking together, Te kōrerorero
- Te Whare Tapa Whā - available at
- Te whatu pōkeka - available at
- Teaching Council Our Code Our Standards - available at
- The New Zealand Curriculum - available at

About the course

What can I expect out of this qualification?

This qualification is for exclusive delivery outside of Aotearoa New Zealand.

This qualification is intended to provide individuals outside of Aotearoa New Zealand with the skills and knowledge to provide and/or support the education and care of infants, toddlers, and young children in a range of offshore early childhood contexts, including those underpinned by specific philosophies.

The graduates will be able to work independently or as part of a team in a range of early childhood contexts, including those underpinned by specific philosophies, to support the education and care of infants, toddlers and young children.

Graduates of the optional strand in Practice-based care will have the additional skills required to apply practical-based care to work as educators outside of Aotearoa New Zealand in an early childhood context.

This qualification does not lead to teacher certification, entry to further early childhood education study or to employment in Aotearoa New Zealand.

What graduates earn

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


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Data as at November 2021

Scholarship information

Examples of related scholarships

Ikawai Community Scholarship

Provided by:

Waimate Accountants - Ikawai Community Scholarship Fund C/-


Varies, could be up to $5000

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Royal New Zealand Navy (RNZN) Scholarship

Provided by:

Gisborne District Council - PA to Mayor




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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

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