Qualification Overview

Qualification Title New Zealand Diploma in Early Childhood Education and Care (Level 5)
Qualification Type Diploma
Level 5
Credits 120
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 proficient educators who, in a range of early childhood contexts, can provide and/or support the education and care of infants, toddlers, and young children. It is also intended to enhance community outcomes.

Graduates may provide supervision and/or guidance of volunteers or other staff, depending on the early childhood setting and associated regulatory framework and criteria.

This qualification does not lead to teacher registration, but it may provide opportunities for graduates, under specified criteria, to progress to a Level 7 ECE initial teacher education qualification.
Graduate profile
Graduates of this qualification will be able to:

- Apply knowledge of key early childhood teaching, learning and development theories and approaches to inform and guide practice in Aotearoa New Zealand.
- Promote learning by implementing the philosophy, principles, and practices embodied in the bicultural New Zealand early childhood curriculum framework, Te Whāriki.
- Provide a healthy, safe and inclusive environment for the protection, care and education of diverse learners.
- Communicate effectively to develop and maintain collaborative relationships with a wide range of people in an early childhood education and care community.
- Engage in reflective practice in an early childhood setting.
- Apply professional standards, legal requirements, and ethical principles, in a socially and culturally responsive manner to guide and support practice in an early childhood setting.
- Engage in bicultural ECE practice which reflects the principles inherent in te Tiriti o Waitangi/Treaty of Waitangi and the place of Māori as tangata whenua.
- Use knowledge of the history of early childhood education in Aotearoa New Zealand to inform a developing personal philosophy of early childhood education practice.
- Practice in a culturally responsive manner that is informed by children's language, culture and identity.
Education pathways
Graduates of this qualification may undertake further study towards the New Zealand Diploma in Early Childhood Education and Care (Level 6) [Ref: 2852].

This qualification does not lead to teacher registration, but it may be possible to proceed to commence a level 7 initial teacher education (ECE) qualification under specified criteria.
Employment pathways
Graduates of this qualification will have the skills and knowledge to work as early childhood educators in a range of early childhood contexts, such as centre-based, hospital-based (play specialist assistant), home-based, nanny, parent-led, or culturally-based contexts including Pasifika or Māori.

Graduates may provide supervision or guidance of volunteers or other staff, in some early childhood settings. 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.

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 15 Organisations can assist in gaining this qualification
Developed By New Zealand Qualifications Authority
Quality Assured By New Zealand Qualifications Authority
Number 2851
Status Current
Created February 2016
Next Review December 2020
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