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Certificate in Early Childhood Education and Care (Level 4)

STARTS: July 2021
Madras Street, Timaru
Close Date: July

Build on your knowledge and skills for the early childhood education sector.

The New Zealand Certificate in Early Childhood Education and Care (Level 4) will prepare you to provide practice-based education and care in early childhood settings and/or to pathway into higher-level study leading to a teaching qualification.

Taught by supportive tutors in a practical learning environment, the programme covers: designing learning experiences aligned to socio-cultural theories of learning and development; developing a personal philosophy of professional practice; developing inclusive teaching practices that promote diversity and the place of Maori as tangata whenua; using effective communication strategies to establish healthy relationships in early childhood environments.

The programme also includes a work placement practicum in an early childhood setting where you can apply what you're learning in an authentic work environment. Courses are timetabled during school hours to cater for students with children.

Please note:

  • An interview will be held prior to acceptance to assess your suitability for working with children in the community and to ensure that Ara meets the legislative requirements of the Vulnerable Children's Act 2014.
  • If your applications is successful, you will be required to complete a New Zealand Police Consent to Disclosure of Information form. The form will be sent to the Police Licensing and Vetting Service, and returned in confidence to Ara. Information on the New Zealand Police Vetting Service is available from the New Zealand Police website.

Fees for 2020

Domestic costs
$2,460 - $2,610 per year
Indicative Student Services Fee
$160
International costs
$10,285 per year
International Levy
$261.50
Valid To
December 31, 2020

Fees for 2021

Domestic costs
$2,450 - $2,850 per year
Indicative Student Services Fee
$160
International costs
$10,595 per year
International Levy
$261.50
Valid To
December 31, 2021

NCEA Level 1 (80 credits at Level 1, including 10 Literacy credits and 10 Numeracy credits)

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

If you have undertaken examinations other than NCEA (e.g. International Baccalaureate, Cambridge Examination), Ara will assess your qualification for academic entry equivalency.

You may be required to attend an interview prior to acceptance to assess your suitability for working with children in the community and ensure Ara meets the legislative requirements of the Vulnerable Children's Act 2014.

  • Consent to Disclosure of Information: You will be required to complete a New Zealand Police Consent to Disclosure of Information form.
  • You will be required to complete a New Zealand Police Consent to Disclosure of Information form.

Still want to study but don't meet the Academic Requirements?

If you show that you have equivalent skills for tertiary study gained through study, work and/or life experience, you may be able to gain alternative entry.

Note: The number of courses you have to complete for this qualification may be reduced where you have relevant credits from previous study, or evidence of similar learning or experience in the workplace.

What if English is not my first Language?

If English is not your first language, we want to make sure that you will be successful in your chosen programme of study.

  • Please provide a result from a test or qualification on the acceptable alternatives English Proficiency Outcomes Chart.
  • If you are a New Zealand Citizen or Permanent Resident, complete an Admission and Enrolment form and Ara will contact you regarding a free assessment.
  • If you are not a New Zealand Citizen or Permanent resident, book an IELTS or other test through the Ara Examination Centre or in your home country.
  • IELTS scores used must be taken from a single IELTS Test Report Form and are valid for two years from the date of the test.
  • What if I have achieved NCEA Level 3 University Entrance?
  • You do not need to provide additional evidence of English Language skills.

Overall IELTS 5.5 Academic

  • 5.0 Listening
  • 5.0 Reading
  • 5.0 Writing
  • 5.0 Speaking

Funding assistance

If you face unexpected financial hardship during your studies, we have several funds that you can apply for. These are designed to enable you to continue your current course of study. We also have a wide range of scholarships and awards that can provide financial assistance.

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Career opportunities

This qualification will equip you to work in a range of early childhood education settings as an educator, Kaimahi, support worker, session leader or organiser of parent-led services or playgroups.

Study pathways

Further study options (not offered at Ara) include Level 5 or higher qualifications in Early Childhood Education or teaching.

Recommended school subjects

  • English

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

FULL-TIME - 19 Weeks

Build on your knowledge and skills for the early childhood education sector.

Information
Type Certificate
Code NZ2850
Next Starts July 2021
Application close date July
May be available for Study Visa? Yes
International application close date NULL
Credits 60
Level 4
Additional Equipment/Fees Advised on enrolment
May be eligible for Fees Free? Yes
Reference NZ2850-STRU

Fees for 2020

Domestic costs
$2,460 - $2,610 per year
Indicative Student Services Fee
$160
International costs
$10,285 per year
International Levy
$261.50
Valid To
December 31, 2020

Fees for 2021

Domestic costs
$2,450 - $2,850 per year
Indicative Student Services Fee
$160
International costs
$10,595 per year
International Levy
$261.50
Valid To
December 31, 2021
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Additional Entry Requirements

You may be required to attend an interview prior to acceptance to assess your suitability for working with children in the community and ensure Ara meets the legislative requirements of the Vulnerable Children's Act 2014.

  • Consent to Disclosure of Information: You will be required to complete a New Zealand Police Consent to Disclosure of Information form.
  • You will be required to complete a New Zealand Police Consent to Disclosure of Information form.

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Credit Recognition

If you have work experience in this area, or a relevant prior qualification, you may be eligible for credit recognition towards this qualification.

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