Diploma in Early Childhood Education and Care


The education system in New Zealand covers a wide range of qualifications from certificates to PhD.

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New Zealand Diploma

The education system in New Zealand is divided into 10 levels. High levels imply more complex learning. 

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Duration 12 Months
Credits 120
Study area Education
English level requirement IELTS 5.5
Country New Zealand


Price international

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Programme overview

This programme is perfect for students who come from an Arts, Education or Health-related background and who are seeking pathways onto the Level 6 and 7 programmes.

The great majority of graduates find employment within a few weeks of graduation. They are able to apply knowledge of key early childhood teaching, learning and development theories and approaches to inform and guide practice in Aotearoa New Zealand. They also promote learning by implementing the philosophy, principles, and practices embodied in the bicultural New Zealand early childhood curriculum framework and provide a healthy, safe, and inclusive environment for the protection, care, and education of diverse learners.


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