Qualification Overview

Qualification Title New Zealand Certificate in Early Childhood Education and Care (Level 3)
Qualification Type Certificate
Level 3
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 can participate in the education and care of infants, toddlers, and young children in an entry-level carer role in a range of early childhood contexts, and/or who can proceed to further study.
Graduates will contribute to improving society and community wellbeing outcomes and strengthening families.
The ECE setting will determine the specific requirements and the level of supervision under which graduates will operate, which will generally be direct supervision.
Graduate profile
Graduates of this qualification will be able to:

- Use introductory knowledge of children's learning and development, and the bicultural nature of the New Zealand early childhood curriculum framework, Te Whāriki, within own culturally responsive practice.
- Contribute to an environment that provides for the health and holistic well-being of infants, toddlers, and young children, in compliance with requirements specific to the early childhood education and care setting.
- Develop and maintain respectful relationships with children, families, whanau, and colleagues using a range of communication strategies and social competence in an early childhood education and care setting.
- Demonstrate knowledge of, and reflect on, professional behaviours and strategies to manage personal health and wellbeing in an early childhood setting.
- Demonstrate knowledge of ethical responsibility in relation to own values and beliefs to guide practice in an early childhood setting.
- Identify and describe legislation, regulations, community, and government services to assist in the operation of an early childhood education and care setting.
- Describe a range of ECE services and philosophies to inform understanding of diverse early childhood education and care contexts in Aotearoa New Zealand.
- Use basic te reo Māori and tikanga Māori within a familiar early childhood context to promote awareness of Māori as tangata whenua.
Education pathways
Graduates of this qualification may undertake further study towards the following:
- 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]
or proceed to commence a Level 7 initial teacher education (ECE) qualification under specified criteria.
Graduates that have appropriate te reo Māori skills may undertake further study towards:
- Te Puāwaitanga o te Mokopuna (Level 4) [Ref: 2856]
- Te Mana o te Mokopuna (Level 3) [Ref: 2854]
This qualification may contribute to the National Certificate of Educational Achievement (Level 3) [Ref: 1039].
Employment pathways
Graduates of this qualification will have the introductory skills and knowledge to work in an entry-level carer role in a range of early childhood contexts, such as centre-based, home-based, hospital-based, parent-led, or culturally-based environments.
Graduates may be involved as a home-based educator in sole charge under specific supervision; as kaiāwhina to provide support for preparing and implementing activities; in paid or unpaid rolesTo find out more about employment opportunities click on the CareersNZ logo, then the provider who offers this qualification.
Entry Requirements
Academic:

There are no mandatory prerequisites to meet regulatory body or legislative requirements for this qualification.

Safety checks:

Completion of this qualification requires practical experience within an early childhood setting. These placements will 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.

Regulatory:

Programmes 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.

Current legislation and regulations can be accessed at here

Current regulatory framework and licensing criteria for ECE can be accessed from the Ministry of Education at here

Current AS/NZS standards can be accessed at here

Relevant ECE codes of ethics.
Education Organisation 15 Organisations can assist in gaining this qualification
Developed By New Zealand Qualifications Authority
Quality Assured By New Zealand Qualifications Authority
Number 2849
Status Current
Created February 2016
Next Review December 2020
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