Qualification Overview

Qualification Title New Zealand Certificate in Early Learning and Care (Level 2)
Qualification Type Certificate
Level 2
Credits 60
Subject Area
  • Society and Culture » Human Welfare Studies and Services » Nannying and Early Childhood Care
Strategic Purpose Statement
The purpose of this qualification is to provide Aotearoa New Zealand with people who have life skills and foundational knowledge of early learning to care for the developing child in parenting and caregiving roles. It will also provide for support for kaiāwhina and carers in a supervised environment relating to caring for mokopuna - infants, toddlers, and/or young children.

This qualification is intended for people preparing for parenting or caregiving roles or proceeding to further study.

Graduates will be able to operate under general supervision. The setting will determine the specific requirements and the level of supervision under which graduates will operate. e.g. sole charge for parenting roles, direct supervision for supporting kaiāwhina and carers in an ECE service.

Graduates may contribute to improved community and whānau/family outcomes by providing support for mokopuna - infants, toddlers, and young children.
Graduate profile
Graduates of this qualification will be able to:

- Identify factors that contribute to the holistic wellbeing of the mother and the kukune/foetus during haputanga/pregnancy and the mokopuna/children across the early years, including how these influence a child's brain development and lifelong learning.
- Demonstrate care practices and contribute to an environment that supports the holistic wellbeing of mokopuna - infants, toddlers, and young children.
- Provide and reflect on play experiences and environments using introductory knowledge of child development and how mokopuna/children learn through play.
- Identify own whakapapa and/or heritage/family history, values and beliefs to inform practice and self-awareness in relation to learning and care of mokopuna/ children and managing self.
- Communicate to develop respectful, reciprocal and responsive relationships, including whanaungatanga/ relationships concepts, and to foster the social competence of mokopuna/children.
- Use introductory te reo and tikanga Māori to support the care, learning and development of mokopuna/children.
- Identify community and Government support services and networks and describe ways they are available to assist mokopuna/children and whānau/families.
Education pathways
This qualification provides a pathway to higher-level learning and education, either in early childhood education (ECE) or elsewhere.

This qualification may lead to the following:
- New Zealand Certificate in Early Childhood Education and Care (Introductory Skills) (Level 3) [Ref: 2849]
- New Zealand Certificate in Early Childhood Education and Care (Level 4) [Ref: 2850]
- New Zealand Diploma in Early Childhood Education and Care (Level 5) [Ref: 2851]

Graduates who have appropriate te reo Māori skills may undertake further study towards Te Mana o te Mokopuna (Kaupae 3) [Ref: 2854] - the New Zealand Certificate in a Maori World View of Early Learning (Level 3).
Entry Requirements
Regulatory:
Programmes leading to this qualification must reflect quality practice and maintain currency with amendments to, and replacements of, relevant legislation, regulations, Australia/New Zealand standards (AS/NZS), and security responsibilities including cyber safety (particularly related to young children).

Current legislation and regulations can be accessed at: legislation.govt.nz

Current AS/NZS standards can be accessed at: standards.co.nz

Current regulatory framework and licensing criteria for ECE can be accessed from the Ministry of Education at: education.govt.nz/early-childhood/

Information on the Children's Act 2014, safety checking regulations and guidelines can be accessed from: orangatamariki.govt.nz/working-with-children/childrens-act-requirements/.
Education Organisation No organisations currently offer this qualification.
Developed By Toitu te Waiora Community, Health, Education and Social Services Workforce Development Council
Quality Assured By New Zealand Qualifications Authority
Number 4338
Status Current
Created May 2021
Next Review April 2026
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