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New Zealand Diploma in Early Childhood Education and Care (Level 5)

STARTS: February 2022
Timaru; Madras Street

Extend your skills to become a knowledgeable and confident early childhood educator.

The New Zealand Diploma in Early Childhood Education and Care (Level 5) will equip you to provide high quality, 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, it covers the early childhood education curriculum (Te Whāriki) and the role of play in child learning and development; effective written and oral communication; and the use of te reo Māori. It also explores bicultural infant and toddler care and education strategies to create high quality, safe and inclusive learning environments. You’ll develop, reflect, and receive feedback on skills in observation, assessment and planning for teaching young children.

The programme includes a 180-hour supported placement experience, enabling you to practice behaviour guidance strategies in an authentic early childhood education setting. This will be undertaken in two, three-week blocks. When not on placement, you’ll attend classes for three and a half days a week, during which you’ll participate in active learning experiences, including group projects, presentations to peers, and practicing te reo and tikanga Māori.

Fees for 2021

Domestic Fee
$4,900 - $5,700 per year
International Fee
$21,190 per year
International Insurance
$523.50 per year
Indicative Student Services Fee
$320 per year

Fees for 2022

Domestic Fee
$4,983 - $5,797 per year
International Fee
$21,550 per year
International Insurance
$553 per year
Indicative Student Services Fee
$324 per year

NCEA Level 2

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

Character Reference:

  • 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, kaumatua or kuia. References from family/whanau, friends or work colleagues will not be accepted.

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

Interview: An interview will be held prior to acceptance to assess suitability for working with children in the community and ensure Ara meets the legislative requirements of the Children's Act 2014.

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 enable you to work as a non-registered early childhood educator in a range of settings (centres, hospitals, in-home, parent-led) or as a nanny or au pair. You'll also have the skills to supervise or guide volunteers in some early childhood settings.

Study pathways

Further study options include a Level 6 diploma or a degree in teaching (some providers accept the diploma as equivalent to the first year of a degree).

New Zealand Diploma in Early Childhood Education and Care (Level 5)

FULL-TIME - 1 Year

Extend your skills to become a knowledgeable and confident early childhood educator.

Information
Type Diploma
Code NZ2851
Next Starts February 2022
May be available for Study Visa? Yes
Credits 120
Level 5
Reference NZ2851-STRU

Fees for 2021

Domestic Fee
$4,900 - $5,700 per year
International Fee
$21,190 per year
International Insurance
$523.50 per year
Indicative Student Services Fee
$320 per year

Fees for 2022

Domestic Fee
$4,983 - $5,797 per year
International Fee
$21,550 per year
International Insurance
$553 per year
Indicative Student Services Fee
$324 per year
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Additional Entry Requirements

Character Reference:

  • 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, kaumatua or kuia. References from family/whanau, friends or work colleagues will not be accepted.

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

Interview: An interview will be held prior to acceptance to assess suitability for working with children in the community and ensure Ara meets the legislative requirements of the Children's Act 2014.

See overview for more

Credit Recognition

If you have prior relevant experience or previous related study credits, you may be eligible for credit recognition towards this qualification.

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