Thinking about becoming an early childhood educator?
This one-year course sets you up with the introductory skills to begin a career in early childhood education (ECE). You could become a non-registered educator in an early childhood setting, a home-based carer, or a nanny.
You find out how to enhance young children’s physical, social, cultural and educational development. You learn about the principles of the national early childhood curriculum, Te Whāriki, and how to incorporate these into teaching and learning.
As part of the course you spend time on placement at an early childhood centre supervised by a registered teacher. We find the placements for you!
This course makes up the first year of our Bachelor of Teaching Early Childhood Education. By enrolling in the diploma first, you can see if teaching is for you. If you’re ready for higher-level study by the end of the course, you can then apply to move into the degree for the remaining two years.
Upon successfully completing the requirements you'll receive the award of:
- New Zealand Diploma in Early Childhood Education and Care (Level 5)
|Next intake||Feb 2020 View more details|
1 year full-time, including holidays (if applicable)
Part-time study available
|Indicative Fees||$6,163 total cost of qualification for domestic students View full fees information|
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Early childhood educator in a range of early childhood contexts such as:
- hospital-based (play specialist assistant)
- as a nanny
Topics you'll cover
- Ritenga Mātanga Tuatahi: Professional Practice 1
- Tauwhitiwhiti mō ngā kaiako kōhungahunga: Communication for ECE Teachers
- Tīmatanga Marautanga: Introduction to Curriculum
- Ngā Kōhungahunga: Infants and Toddlers
- Ngā Rereketanga-Ahurea: Diversity
- Te Reo me ōna Piringa: Language and Literacy
- Ritenga Mātanga Tuarua: Professional Practice 2
- Te Puawai
|Indicative Fees||$6,163 total cost of qualification for domestic students|
Help with fees
Are you Eligible for Free Fees?
There are two ways you can take advantage of free fees. One is through Toi Ohomai’s range of free courses. These are separate to the government’s ‘fees free’ initiative so you don’t need to check your eligibility in relation to fees – simply apply in the normal way and we’ll take it from there.
The other is through the government’s ‘fees free’ initiative: If you’re starting tertiary study for the first time you might be eligible for a year’s worth of free fees. Find out more in our FAQ about the government’s fees free initiative.
Student Loans and Allowances
This course meets the requirements for student allowance and student loan applications through StudyLink.
- A student loan helps to pay for your course fees (the compulsory fees), study materials e.g. books, equipment, and living costs. You'll have to pay this money back.
- A student allowance is a weekly payment that can help with your living expenses while you’re studying. You don't have to pay the money back.
Find out more and apply at studylink.govt.nz
Scholarships are one way you might be able to get some financial help. Any scholarships specifically related to this course are shown below, otherwise check out the full list of scholarships promoted by Toi Ohomai.
Course Entry Information
If you are under 20 years of age or an international students you must have:
- NCEA Level 2 with passes in English/Te Reo Māori, 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.
- Two satisfactory character references are required which address the Education Council of Aotearoa New Zealand Good Character and Fit to be a Teacher Policy 2007.
- These should be from persons in positions of trust or responsibility such as an employer, pastor, kaumātua or kuia.
- References from family, friends or work colleagues will not be accepted.
- Due to the requirements of the placement component of the course, you will need to be 17 years or older at the time of course commencement
- You'll be required to provide a signed consent form which allows Toi Ohomai to check your record of convictions on entry, during and prior to completing the course.
- You'll be accepted only after the Police check is satisfactorily completed.
- ALL candidates with ANY convictions will be required to attend an interview with the Programme Manager or staff member from the Education teaching team and may be declined entry depending on the severity, recency, age at offending and pattern of offending.
English language requirements
IELTS academic score of 6.0 with no band score lower than 6.0
Course Locations and Intake Information
|Rotorua||Mokoia Campus||17 Feb 2020|
|Tauranga||Windermere Campus||17 Feb 2020|
- 1 year full-time, including holidays (if applicable)
- Part-time study available
Further Study Options
Courses Offered at Toi Ohomai
Courses Currently Under Development at Toi Ohomai, or Offered at Other Institutions
- New Zealand Diploma in Early Childhood Education and Care (Level 6)
- Bachelor of Education