Mandatory Review of Early Childhood Education (ECE) Qualifications at Levels 1-6

Current Developments

Qualifications Services is pleased to confirm that the new Early Childhood qualifications have been listed.

The following qualifications can now 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 have taken 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 have dedicated many hours contributing to, and refining, the development of these qualifications. Mokori anō te mihi ki a koutou katoa.

Now that these qualifications are listed, providers will need to obtain programme approval or provider accreditation to deliver an approved programme before they can offer the new qualifications.

Further background on the review, includes links to: Recent developments, Review documents and quick links, Background, and Governance Group.

Thank you for your continuing support and involvement in the Mandatory Review of ECE qualifications.

Standards development and review project

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.

  • NZ Certificate in Early Childhood Learning and Care (Level 2) (40 credits)[Ref: 2848]
  • NZ Certificate in Early Childhood Education and Care (Level 3) (60 credits)[Ref: 2849]
  • NZ Certificate in Early Childhood Education and Care (Level 4) (60 credits)[Ref: 2850]

Further information is available from the ECE standards development and review webpage.

Contact for the review

Updates will be posted on this website. If you wish to subscribe to receive email updates, and/or make contact regarding the ECE review, please email

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