Qualification Overview

Qualification Title New Zealand Certificate in Early Childhood Learning and Care
Qualification Type Certificate
Level 2
Credits 40
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 early childhood learning and life skills. The primary focus is on parenting roles or as support for kaiāwhina and carers in a supervised environment relating to caring for infants, toddlers, and/or young children, and for learners to be involved in formally recognised learning.

Graduates may contribute to improved community and family outcomes by providing support for infants, toddlers, and young children.

This qualification is underpinned by te Tiriti o Waitangi/The Treaty of Waitangi and the New Zealand early childhood education curriculum framework Te Whāriki.

The qualification is intended to improve community and family outcomes; support infants, toddlers and young children in Aotearoa New Zealand; and engage learners including parents, whānau and caregivers, to develop skills in early childhood learning and care. It may, but won't necessarily, lead to a career in Early Childhood teaching.

Graduates will be capable of demonstrating self-awareness and introductory knowledge of early childhood learning and care, and of interacting with children to benefit themselves and their communities.
Graduate profile
Graduates of this qualification will be able to:

- Contribute to an environment that provides for the holistic well-being and care of infants, toddlers, and young children.
- Provide and reflect on play experiences using introductory knowledge of child development and of how children learn through play.
- Identify own values and beliefs to inform practice in relation to learning and care of children.
- Communicate to develop respectful relationships in an early childhood learning and care setting.
- Identify support services and networks available in the community to assist children and families.
Education pathways
This qualification may contribute to the National Certificate of Educational Achievement (NCEA) (Level 2) [Ref: 0973] and provide a pathway to further learning and education, either in ECE or elsewhere.

Learners who want to study further in ECE may choose to progress to the following:
- New Zealand Certificate in Early Childhood Education and Care (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 that have appropriate te reo Māori skills may undertake further study towards Te Mana o te Mokopuna (Level 3) [Ref: 2854].
Employment pathways
Graduates of this qualification will have the basic skills and foundation knowledge to care for children, primarily in parenting roles. They may also be involved as a kaiāwhina, providing support for carers in a supervised environment, or in unpaid caregiver support roles.To find out more about employment opportunities click on the CareersNZ logo, then the provider who offers this qualification.
Entry Requirements
There are no mandatory prerequisites for this qualification.

Safety checks
Completion of this qualification may require practical experience within an early childhood setting. Placements require the candidate to pass a safety check consistent with the requirements of the Vulnerable Children Act 2014.

For more information on the Vulnerable Children Act 2014, safety checking regulations and guidelines see here.
Education Organisation 6 Organisations can assist in gaining this qualification
Developed By New Zealand Qualifications Authority
Quality Assured By New Zealand Qualifications Authority
Number 2848
Status Current
Created February 2016
Next Review December 2020
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