Qualification Overview

Qualification Title New Zealand Certificate in Early Childhood Education and Care (Level 4)
Qualification Type Certificate
Level 4
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 provide practice-based education and care in a specific early childhood context, including multicultural settings, and/or who can proceed to further study.

Graduates will enhance family and community outcomes and will support infants, toddlers and young children.

The early childhood education (ECE) setting and associated regulatory framework and criteria will determine the level of supervision under which graduates will operate. For example, home-based regular sole charge practitioners would be under general supervision, while parent-led session leaders would provide guidance and supervision of others.
Graduate profile
Graduates of this qualification will be able to:

- Understand key early childhood socio-cultural theories of learning and development to inform and guide the holistic development and learning of children in an early childhood setting.
- Use knowledge of multiculturalism, family diversity, and the bicultural nature of the New Zealand early childhood curriculum framework, Te Whāriki, to plan, provide, and review enriching learning experiences for infants, toddlers, and young children.
- Contribute to providing a culturally inclusive early childhood environment to foster the health, holistic well-being, and care of infants, toddlers, and young children.
- Communicate effectively and engage in respectful, reciprocal, and responsive relationships within an early childhood education and care community.
- Implement strategies to manage personal health, wellbeing, and professional development in an early childhood setting.
- Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of legislation and regulatory requirements, and how community and government services impact on early childhood settings and guide practices, to protect and support the wellbeing of children and families.
- Understand the diverse philosophical and cultural contexts and approaches informing early childhood education in Aotearoa New Zealand to develop a personal philosophy of practice.
- Implement bicultural ECE practice and promote awareness of Māori as tangata whenua, through using te reo Māori and tikanga Māori with children and families/whānau in early childhood settings.
Education pathways
Graduates of this qualification may undertake further study towards the 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 with the expected Level 3 proficiency in te reo Māori may go on to Te Tipuranga o Te Mokopuna (Kaupae 5) [Ref: 2857].
Employment pathways
Graduates of this qualification will have the skills and knowledge to work in a range of ECE settings as ECE educators, Kaimahi, ECE support workers, session leaders or organisers in a specific ECE context, such as parent-led services or playgroups including Pasifika and Māori.

The ECE setting will determine the level of supervision under which graduates will operate. They may also be involved in voluntary roles in early childhood settings.To 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.

Learners enrolling are expected to show potential to study at Level 4 with adequate literacy and numeracy skills.

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.
Education Organisation 17 Organisations can assist in gaining this qualification
Developed By New Zealand Qualifications Authority
Quality Assured By New Zealand Qualifications Authority
Number 2850
Status Current
Created February 2016
Next Review December 2020
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