New Zealand Diploma in Pregnancy, Childbirth and Early Parenting Education.xml New Zealand Diploma in Pregnancy, Childbirth and Early Parenting Education

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New Zealand Diploma in Pregnancy, Childbirth and Early Parenting Education

DiplomaPart-time, 2 years

Annual Fees(indicative 2019)

Programme code



$3120 - $3200






Course related costs

Advised on enrolment



Domestic Applications due

Received all year

International Applications due

Please enquire


Blended delivery*


Gain the knowledge to educate and guide people through the transition to parenting.

This two-year, part-time programme is designed to equip you with the skills and knowledge required to facilitate quality, informed pregnancy, childbirth and early parenting education.

Using a blended delivery model combining online and face-to-face learning, this programme can be studied anywhere in New Zealand. It requires a commitment of 20 hours study per week, plus attendance at two, three-day wānanga/intensive at the City campus (Christchurch).

The diploma covers knowledge relating to anatomy, physiology, psychology and sociology of the child-bearing years; pregnancy; labour and childbirth; infant nutrition and breastfeeding; early parenting and child health; cultural awareness and cultural safety; determinants of health; and the Treaty of Waitangi.

Aspects of teaching that are covered include: communication, teaching theories, group dynamics, effective lesson planning, course design analysis, and assessment and evaluation processes. During your studies you'll use a range of assessment methods informed by contemporary research to enhance learning. You'll also evaluate your own teaching performance to improve client learning and programme outcomes.

In addition to your theory studies, you'll undertake significant work-integrated learning alongside a qualified antenatal educator. This ensures continuous integration with the theoretical components of the course, allowing you to develop your competence and confidence in preparation for facilitating PCEPE sessions.

Upon completion of this programme you'll be a knowledgeable facilitator of adult learning, able to plan, implement and evaluate effective pregnancy, childbirth and early parenting programmes that are evidence-based and aligned with community needs.

*This programme is delivered using a mix of online and face-to-face learning. It includes two, three-day wānanga/intensives at the City campus (Christchurch).

Career opportunities

Currently there is a national shortage of facilitators of pregnancy, childbirth and early parenting education so excellent employment opportunities exist for graduates of this programme. Possible employers include health boards, Plunket, Parents Centre and iwi groups.

Study pathways

This programme provides an excellent foundation of knowledge and a pathway to further study in midwifery, social work and other health subjects.

Programme structure

To complete this Diploma you are required to complete 120 credits. Please browse the guide below to view the course options currently available within this qualification.

Core courses
Elective Courses

To be a full time student you need to maintain a workload of 120 credits per year. We recommend you talk with us to ensure you choose electives to benefit your future career.

Entry requirements

Academic requirements
  • NCEA Level 2

    Note: Students who have undertaken examinations other than NCEA (e.g. International Baccalaureate, Cambridge Examination), will be assessed for academic entry equivalency.

Alternative requirements
  • 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.

Additional requirements
  • In addition you need to:

    • Submit the completed Application to Study form with the requested information. Applications are accepted throughout the academic year.
    • Consent to Disclosure of Information
      Successful applicants will be required to complete a New Zealand Police Consent to Disclosure of Information form. The form will be sent by Ara to the Police Licensing and Vetting Service and returned in confidence to the Programme Leader. Information on the NZ Police Vetting Service is available from the New Zealand Police website.
    • Provide evidence of good character and personal attributes via two referee reports.
    • Include a written statement (500 words) or a two minute video or audio file (such as mp3) answering the questions below:
      • What is your understanding of the role of a Transition to Parenting (TtP) educator?
      • How do you see this role relating to the needs of the community?
      • Why do you want to become a TtP educatory?
English requirements
  • 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, Pearson 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.










Acceptable Alternatives Chart

Next steps

Application documents

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.