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New Zealand Certificate in Early Childhood Education and Care (Level 3) Otago Polytechnic

New Zealand



Course info


Working with children is a rewarding, challenging, fun and diverse career.

This introductory programme includes 60 hours of work placements and will help you gain the core skills and knowledge needed to participate in the education and care of infants, toddlers and young children in entry-level career roles in a range of early childhood contexts.

It will also prepare you to undertake further study and upon successful completion, you may choose to progress into the New Zealand Certificate in Early Childhood Education and Care (Level 4) to expand your career prospects.

Courses and work placements

You will undertake 60 hours of work placements in various early childhood settings.


1. Child Learning and Development

Describe your practice as an early childhood educator using the bi-cultural curriculum framework, Te Whariki, as it applies to the services, contexts, and philosophies of childhood learning and development in Aotearoa New Zealand.

2. Health and Wellbeing in Practice

Learn how to promote the health and holistic wellbeing of infants, toddlers, and young children whilst managing own health, in compliance with legislation and regulations.

3. Professional Practice

Explore the role of an educator within the Early Childhood Education context.

4. Community Engagement

Engage in respectful relationships across the Early Childhood Education environment and to acknowledge and promote the unique place of Maori as tangata whenua.

Course options

Here are the different ways in which you can study New Zealand Certificate in Early Childhood Education and Care (Level 3).

Full Time (6 months)

Tuition fees

NZ $8,560 for the entire course


17 Feb


Otago Polytechnic

Dunedin Campus,

Forth Street,


North Dunedin,

9016, New Zealand

Full Time (6 months)

Tuition fees

NZ $8,560 for the entire course


17 Feb


Central Otago Campus

Corner Erris and Ray Streets,



9310, New Zealand

Entry requirement for international students

Learners must be 17 years old.

For applicants over 20 years old, there are no academic entry requirements. In exceptional circumstances, an applicant under the age of 20 who does not meet the academic entry requirements may be granted entry to the programme where they supply evidence of their ability to succeed on the programme.

Students need to have achieved a secondary school qualification that is equivalent to New Zealand’s NCEA levels (National Certificate of Educational Achievement). Entry requirements vary from country to country.

IELTS test: General or Academic score of 5 with no band score lower than 5; TOEFL paper based test (PBT): Score of 500 (with an essay score of 4 TWE); TOEFL internet based test (IBT): Score of 35 (with a writing score of 14); Cambridge english qualifications: B2 First or B2 First for Schools with a score of 154. No less than 154 in each skill; Pearson test of english (ACADEMIC): PToE (Academic) score of 36; Language Certificate: B1 Achiever IESOL (LRWS) with PASS and no less than Pass in each skill.

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