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Why Choose This Programme?

  • Perfect for students who come from an Arts, Education or Health-related background.
  • Pathways onto the Level 6 and 7 programmes.
  • High levels of employment opportunities.
  • Recent government funding initiatives in the pre-school sector mean that there is a high demand for early childhood teachers in New Zealand so part-time and full-time work is easy to find.
  • The great majority of graduates find employment within a few weeks of graduation.

Course Scheduling

This programme consists of eight courses, each of 15 credits. There are six courses that are theory only, while two other courses require 180 hours of practicums. In each practicum students complete 90 hours of practice in early childhood centres. For theory courses, there are 20 hours face to face classes every week, 2 courses running alongside having 10 hours each. The timetable changes every 9 weeks showing the courses. Both theory courses and practicum courses including the practicum hours are completed within 36 weeks.

Graduate Outcome

Graduates of this qualification will be able to:

  • Apply knowledge of key early childhood teaching, learning and development theories an approaches to inform and guide practice in Aotearoa New Zealand.
  • Promote learning by implementing the philosophy, principles, and practices embodied in the bicultural New Zealand early childhood curriculum framework, Te Whariki.
  • Provide a healthy, safe, and inclusive environment for the protection, care, and education of diverse learners.
  • Communicate effectively to develop and maintain collaborative relationships with a wide range of people in an early childhood education and care community.
  • Engage in reflective practice in an early childhood setting.
  • Apply professional standards, legal requirements, and ethical principles in a socially and culturally responsive manner to guide and support practice in an early childhood setting.
  • Engage in bicultural ECE practice which reflects an understanding of the principles inherent in te Tiriti o Waitangi/Treaty of Waitangi and the place of Maori as tangata whenua.
  • Use knowledge of the history of early childhood education in Aotearoa New Zealand to inform a developing personal philosophy of early childhood education practice.
  • Practice in a culturally responsive manner that is informed by children’s language, culture and identity.

Employment Outcome

Graduates of this qualification will have the skills and knowledge to work as early childhood educators in a range of early childhood contexts, such as centre-based, hospital-based (play specialist assistant), home-based, nanny, parent-led, or culturally-based contexts including Pasifika or Maori.

Graduates may provide supervision or guidance of volunteers or other staff, in some early childhood settings. They may also be involved in voluntary roles in early childhood settings.

Course options

Here are the different ways in which you can study NEW ZEALAND DIPLOMA IN EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION AND CARE LEVEL 5.

Full Time (9 months)

Tuition fees

NZ$17,600.00 (9,38,397) per year

Material fee, practicum fee and books: NZ $1,760


14-Jun-21, 26-Oct-21


ICL Graduate Business School

Auckland Campus,

10-14 Lorne street,


Auckland Central,

1010, New Zealand

Entry requirement for international students

  • Entry to the New Zealand Diploma in Early Childhood Education and Care (Level 5) programme, including English language and academic requirements, will be in accordance the criteria specified in ICL Education Group’s QMS.

    You must meet the following key Information Set (KIS) Requirements:

  • Brief Entry Requirements: NCEA Level 2 plus 42 credits at Level 3 or equivalent; or New Zealand Certificate in Early Childhood Education and Care (Level 3) or New Zealand Certificate in Early Childhood Education and Care (Level 4); or evidence of ability to meet academic requirements.
  • Additional Requirements: NCEA Level 2 includes passes in English or Te Reo Maori. For international applicants who come from non English speaking backgrounds, an IELTS Academic score of 5.5 with no band score lower than 5.0, or an equivalent relevance English Proficiency Outcome as outlined in NZQF-related rules (Rule 18). International students must hold a valid study visa to enrol in this programme.

* Please check with your chosen school for the exact entry requirements for your programme.

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