What will I learn?

UCOL's New Zealand Certificate in Early Childhood Education and Care (Level 3) will give you a solid grounding in all aspects of early childhood education.

Learn how to care for infants, toddlers and young children as an entry-level carer in an early childhood centre in UCOL's New Zealand Certificate in Early Childhood Education and Care (Level 3). The Certificate covers health, safety and nutrition; caring for young children; development and learning; and how to develop educational programmes for infants, toddlers and young children.

As part of this early childhood education programme you will take on a practicum placement in an early childhood setting to put your learning into practice.

Career & Study Outcomes

Successful graduates of UCOL's New Zealand Certificate in Early Childhood Education and Care (Level 3) have introductory knowledge of children's learning and development and will be able to contribute to the workplace as an entry-level carer. Job opportunities include:

  • Early childhood centres
  • Home-based childcare centres

Education pathway

Graduates who wish to go on to further study can enrol in:

  • New Zealand Certificate in Early Childhood Education and Care (Level 4)
  • New Zealand Diploma in Early Childhood Education (Level 5)
  • Bachelor of Teaching (Early Childhood Education)

Course Information

  • Early Childhood Learning and Development Theory
  • Culture and Communication in an Early Childhood Setting
  • Legislative and Ethical Practices in an Early Childhood Context
  • Early Childhood Practicum

Industry Connections

Students complete placements in industry so we have a wide-range of connections to Early Childhood Centres in our regions.

Study options

Full Time (19 weeks)

Tuition fees
NZ $10,250 for the entire course
Start date

21 February 2022

Venue

UCOL Whanganui Campus

16 Rutland Street,

Whanganui,

4500, New Zealand

Full Time (19 weeks)

Tuition fees
NZ $10,250 for the entire course
Start date

21 February 2022

Venue

UCOL Horowhenua Campus

160 Oxford Street,

Horowhenua,

Levin,

5510, New Zealand

Entry requirements

For international students

  • NCEA Level 1 OR
  • Equivalent academic achievement OR
  • On a case-by-case basis at the discretion of the Executive Dean

Students must authorise UCOL to obtain a background check from the New Zealand Police Licensing and Vetting Agency.

Applicants whose first language is not English must have an IELTS General or Academic score of 5.0 with no band score lower than 5 (or equivalent including TOEFL). IELTS scores used must be taken from a single IELTS Test Report Form (i.e. combining scores from more than one test is not permissible). TOEFL (iBT): Score of 35 (with a writing score of 14); Cambridge B2 First (for Schools), C1 Advanced, C2 Proficiency: B2 with score of 154; no less than 154 in each skill; OET: Minimum Grade C or 200 in all subtests; PToE (Academic): Score of 36 with no band less than 36.

Under 20 years of age:

For international applicants under 20 years of age who do not hold NCEA, International Academic Qualifications Entry Criteria apply (Entry requirements vary from country to country). For more details, please visit the institution website.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.

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