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Manukau Institute of Technology


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New Zealand Certificate in Early Childhood Education and Care (Level 4)

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Level of study:
Tuition fees:
17 weeks
Start date: 21-February-2022
Manukau Institute of Technology
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Programme highlights

Help give young children the best start in their education.

Become an early childhood educator.

You will learn how to care for children and support them to reach their next milestone.

This qualification is the best place to start if you want to get a job as an early learning centre educator, home-based educator, teacher aide, education support worker, kaimahi or nanny. Or, you could already be working in the industry and want to get your skills recognised.

You will also learn the fundamentals in early childhood development and get real-world experience working or volunteering in an early childhood centre or home-based care setting.

Programme structure

You will need to complete the below three courses (60 credits):

902.434 Learning and Development Theory (22 credits)

Develop your understanding of learning and development theories and characteristics of infants, toddlers and young children to enhance effective teaching techniques to support children's learning through play.

902.435 Curriculum in ECE (22 credits)

An introduction to the Early Childhood Curriculum document Te Whariki and how you may use this to observe, plan, review and respond to children's learning.

902.436 Cultural Partnerships in ECE (16 credits)

Learn about ethical practice and professional behaviour in working with diverse cultures while developing in your personal and professional journey through reciprocal relationships with the families and whanau in an ECE setting.

Further training or study

New Zealand Diploma in Early Childhood Education and Care (Field-based) (Level 5)
Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood Teaching) (Level 7)

Entry criteria


Be 17 years of age or over at the commencement of the programme.

Applicants are required to complete Year 12 or equivalent of secondary school.

Entry requirements vary from country to country.

IELTS test: Academic score of 5.5 with no band score lower than 5; TOEFL Paper-based test (pBT): Score of 530 (with an essay score of 4.5 TWE); TOEFL Internet-based test (iBT): Score of 46 (with a writing score of 14); Cambridge English Examinations: B2 First or B2 First for schools with a score of 162. No less than 154 in each skill; OET at Grade C in all sub-tests; Pearson Test of English (Academic): PTE (Academic) score of 42 with no band score lower than 36


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