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New Zealand Diploma in Early Childhood Education

and Care (Level 5)


Duration: 34 weeks  |  Level: 5  |  Credits: 120  |  Work experience: 80 days

What you will learn:

This program enables students to develop professional knowledge in early childhood education. It empowers students to become reflective and culturally responsive practitioners and supports their understanding of children’s development, social competence, curriculum planning and sociocultural assessment as they provide opportunities for children to learn through play.


Graduates of this New Zealand Diploma in Early Childhood Education and Care (Level 5) have completed the Teaching Council New Zealand requirements of first year of a three-year Bachelor of Teaching (Early Childhood) program of study.

  • Entry criteria
    Academic entry Applicants must demonstrate potential to study at Level 4 with adequate literacy and numeracy skills. Applicants must be a minimum of 16 years old to commence the programme. All applicants must meet the requirements of the Children’s Act 2014 and its subsequent amendments, including: Providing verified identification. Providing evidence of previous education and work history in the selection process. Providing at least one written reference. Succeeding in a personal visual interview. Attaining a New Zealand Police vetting report. Arise Academy undertakes a risk assessment in accordance with the Children’s Act 2014 including the above information in order to select the applicants for the program. English language entry All applicants must provide evidence of meeting English language requirements according to Rule 18 of the NZQF Programme Approval and Accreditation Rules 2021.
  • Fees
    For information about programme fees contact us.
  • Courses
    E401 - Your Role as a Home-based Educator E402 - Being Culturally Inclusive E403 - Development and Learning in a Home-based Setting E404 - Learning through Play Total credits: 60
  • Pathways
    Achieving this qualification will help you to: Meet the licensing requirements for home-based educators Be a more informed practice-based carer/educator of mokopuna/children Work in a home-based care and education service Open your own home-based service
  • Study dates
    Flexible monthly start dates
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