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 early childhood educators who can provide and/or support the practice-based education and care of mokopuna - infants, toddlers, and young children in a range of early childhood contexts.

This qualification is intended for people who intend to work as early childhood educators or proceed to further study. This qualification does not lead to teacher registration.

Graduates may work independently or as part of a team in a range of early childhood contexts including those underpinned by specific philosophies, and to proceed to further study. It is also intended to enhance community outcomes.
Graduate profile
Graduates of this qualification will be able to:

- Engage in early childhood education practices which reflect Te Tiriti o Waitangi/Treaty of Waitangi and the place of Māori as tangata whenua.
- Apply knowledge of key early childhood teaching, learning and development theories and approaches, and historical influences, to inform and guide practice in Aotearoa New Zealand.
- Implement the philosophy, principles, and practices embodied in Te Whāriki, and supporting resources, to promote children's learning.
- Provide a healthy, safe, and inclusive environment for the protection, care, wellbeing and education of children/mokopuna as guided by legislative and regulatory requirements and children's rights (UNCROC).
- Communicate effectively and include cultural protocols, whanaungatanga, and manaakitanga concepts, to develop and maintain inclusive and collaborative relationships with a wide range of people in an early childhood education and care community.
- Manage personal wellbeing and engage in the personal, professional, ethical and reflective practices required of an early childhood educator.
- Support children's language, culture and identity, through the application of emerging knowledge of cultural competence, with consideration of diverse families and aspirations for their children's learning.
- Use knowledge of philosophies, perspectives and contexts of early childhood education in Aotearoa New Zealand, including contemporary Māori and Pasifika education developments and implications for practice, to inform an emerging personal philosophy of practice.
Education pathways
This qualification provides an education pathway from:
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].

This qualification may lead to 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 an 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 also be able to work in some education support roles and may 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
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/

Relevant supporting resources:
-Action Plan for Pacific Education 2020-2030 available at www.education.govt.nz/our-work/overall-strategies-and-policies/action-plan-for-pacific-education-2020-2030/
-Early Learning Action Plan (ELAP)
-Ka Hikitia and Tau Mai Te Reo
-Kei Tua o te Pae - Assessment for learning - Early Childhood- available at www.education.govt.nz/early-childhood/teaching-and-learning/assessment-for-learning/kei-tua-o-te-pae-2/
-Tapasā - Cultural competencies framework for teachers of Pacific learners- available at https://teachingcouncil.nz/resource-centre/tapasa/
-Tātaiako - Cultural competencies framework for teachers of Māori learners- available at https://teachingcouncil.nz/resource-centre/tataiako-cultural-competencies-for-teachers-of-maori-learners/
-Te Kete Ipurangi (TKI) - Te Whāriki online resources, which can be accessed at tewhariki.tki.org.nz/ including He Māpuna te Tamaiti - supporting Social and Emotional Competence in Early Learning;
Talking together, Te kōrerorero
-Te Whare Tapa Whā - available at www.health.govt.nz/our-work/populations/maori-health/maori-health-models/maori-health-models-te-whare-tapa-wha
-Te whatu pōkeka - available at www.education.govt.nz/early-childhood/teaching-and-learning/assessment-for-learning/te-whatu-pokeka-english/
-Teaching Council Our Code Our Standards- available at https://teachingcouncil.nz/professional-practice/our-code-our-standards/
-The New Zealand Curriculum- available at https://nzcurriculum.tki.org.nz/The-New-Zealand-Curriculum
Education Organisation 16 Organisations can assist in gaining this qualification
Developed By Toitu te Waiora Community, Health, Education and Social Services Workforce Development Council
Quality Assured By New Zealand Qualifications Authority
Number 2851
Status Current
Created February 2016
Next Review April 2026
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