Early Childhood Education and Care (Level 3)

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The National Certificate in Early Childhood Education and Care (Level 3) recognises basic introductory skills and knowledge involved in the education and care of infants, toddlers, and young children that are required to go onto further study in the education and care of children or the teaching of children; infants, toddlers, and young children in Aotearoa/New Zealand. It recognises basic knowledge, skills, and attributes required for early childhood education and care services across all early childhood contexts.

What's covered?

Holders of the National Certificate in Early Childhood Education and Care (Level 3) are able to:

  • demonstrate knowledge, describe, conduct, implement, and analyse aspects of educational theory relevant to early childhood education
  • demonstrate knowledge of organisations, cultural diversity, and communication within the context of ECE services in Aotearoa/New Zealand
  • demonstrate knowledge of ethics in ECE services
  • describe professional image and demonstrate professional behaviours required of early childhood educators.

The requirements are all compulsory as the basic principles of early childhood education and care apply across all types of services. There are no electives in the level 3 qualification as basic principles of early childhood education and care apply across different settings.

Where to next?

This qualification leads to the National Certificate in Early Childhood Education and Care (Level 5).

Qualification owner:  NZQA National Qualifications Services

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