Early Childhood Education (ECE) qualifications Levels 1-6

Early Childhood Education (ECE) qualifications, at Levels 2-6, were published on the New Zealand Qualifications Framework (NZQF) in February 2016.

The Mandatory review of ECE qualifications, at Levels 1-6, was undertaken 2013-2016. The next review is scheduled for 2020.

Prior to the next ECE qualifications review, consistency events will be held. Information on this, including the schedule, is available on the consistency of graduate outcomes webpage for New Zealand qualifications.

NZQA Qualifications Services is standard setting body for unit standards in ECE, including Pacific Island Early Childhood Education.

Unit standards have been developed for use as assessment tools in programmes leading towards the Level 2-6 ECE qualifications.

ECE Qualifications

The following Early Childhood qualifications were listed in February 2016 and will next be reviewed in 2020.

They can be accessed through the NZQA links below or by searching for the qualification reference number or title.

General Suite

Mātauranga Māori Suite

Guidance material is available to assist in the development of programmes to meet the graduate profile outcomes of qualifications in the Mātauranga Māori Early Learning area.

We acknowledge and thank all those who took the time to contribute to the development process. Special thanks to members of the Governance Group for their strategic leadership and guidance, and to the Working Group members who dedicated many hours contributing to, and refining, the development of these qualifications. Mokori anō te mihi ki a koutou katoa.

Programme approval and accreditation

Providers need to obtain programme approval or provider accreditation to deliver an approved programme before they can offer the qualifications.

Information on programme approval and accreditation for NZ Certificate courses in Secondary Schools is available in assessment matters A2016/025, with further information for delivering New Zealand Certificates in secondary schools available from http://www.nzqa.govt.nz/providers-partners/assessment-and-moderation-of-standards/managing-national-assessment-in-schools/new-zealand-certificates-for-secondary-schools/

Mandatory review of ECE qualifications (2013-2016)

To find out how Early Childhood Education qualifications (Levels 1-6) were reviewed and developed (2013-2016), visit the Early Childhood Education qualifications review page.

Unit standards aligned to Level 2-4 NZ ECE certificates

The suite of twenty-nine new and five reviewed Early Childhood unit standards developed for use as assessment tools in programmes towards the following three New Zealand Early Childhood qualifications at Levels 2-4 were published in April 2017.

Further information is available from the ECE standards development and review webpage, and details are available in the April 2017 Review of Early Childhood Education and Care unit standards change report.

If you wish to subscribe to receive email updates, and/or make contact regarding ECE unit standards, please email ece.review@nzqa.govt.nz.


If you wish to subscribe to receive email updates, and/or make contact regarding ECE qualifications at Levels 2-6, please email ecequals.review@nzqa.govt.nz.

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