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CourseEarly Childhood Education - Gateway

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Email liaison@ara.ac.nz

Course Content

Prepare for a rewarding, challenging and diverse career working with children.

Course Structure

To complete this Youth course you are required to do the NZQF unit standards outlined in the table below. The credits above are Ara credits which you will receive upon completion of this course. Please note the number of credits may be different.

Unit / Achievement Standard Number Unit Standard Title Version No NZQF Credits Level 1 Credits Level 2 Credits Level 3 Credits
10021 Describe the basic needs of children in an ECE service 4 3 3
10022 Demonstrate knowledge of attachment patterns and short-term separation in an ECE service 4 3 3
10024 Demonstrate knowledge of promoting the health and wellbeing of children in an ECE service 4 3 3
26715 Describe professional image and demonstrate professional behaviours required of an early childhood educator 4 3 3


Academic requirements

To enrol you must be a New Zealand citizen or permanent resident, or hold a visa which allows you to be enrolled in a New Zealand secondary school.


If English is not your first language you are also required to provide evidence of your English language skills as listed below or credits in English rich subjects from New Zealand educational institutions. If you have no evidence of your English language skills and are a New Zealand citizen or permanent resident, contact us for an assessment.

IELTS 5.5 Academic (with no band score lower than 5.0).  For acceptable alternatives refer to the English Proficiency Outcomes Chart.

Acceptable Alternatives Chart

Next steps

To apply for this course please complete:

  • An application form

Application documents

Study pathways