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NZ2850 New Zealand Certificate in Early Childhood Education & Care - Level 4

If you have a passion to care for and work with babies and young children, the New Zealand Certificate in Early Childhood Education and Care (Level 4) could be the first step towards a rewarding career.

The New Zealand Certificate in Early Childhood Education and Care (Level 4) course is accredited by the New Zealand Qualification Authority (NZQA) and is a nationally recognised qualification.

On completion of the course you will be able to:

  • Begin a career as a qualified as a home-based early childhood educator

  • Be employed as an ECE support worker in an early childhood education centre, session leader or organiser in specific ECE contexts such as parent-led services or playgroups including Pasifika and Māori

  • Pursue further study in the ECE sector, such as a Diploma of Teaching


Regardless of where you’re at with your early childhood career, this course will build on your knowledge and enhance you career opportunities!



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The Level 4 qualification is an online course – study where and when it suits you and enjoy the flexibility of 20 weeks of self-paced online learning.


You may be eligible for fees free - contact us directly to confirm your study options meet the fees-free criteria or apply for a student loan through StudyLink.

Entry requirements

As a prospective learner you are required to meet the following entry requirements to be eligible to enrol:


  • Be a citizen or permanent resident of New Zealand or Australia, and reside in New Zealand (identifies as a domestic student).

  • Be 17 years of age and above, have left school, and not enrolled in full-time study with another tertiary provider.

  • Have access to a recognised ECE service- To complete the workplace practicum requirements of the programme.

  • Able to work (paid or unpaid) for a minimum of 12 hours per week with at least one registered ECE service or with a registered homebased provider, while enrolled on the programme.

  • Have access to an ECE teacher who is registered with the Education Council Aotearoa New Zealand.

  • Able to commit to 20-weeks of self-paced learning and complete all assessment activities for the programme.

  • Meet the Children’s Act 2014 (CA 2014) safety check requirements, when working with children.

  • Hold NCEA Level 2 OR A qualification at Level 2 or above on the NZQF, with evidence of literacy and numeracy abilities equivalent to NCEA (Level 1 – 10 Credits Literacy and 10 Credits Numeracy) OR Evidence of relevant experience at NCEA Level 2, and evidence to support your ability to cope with the literacy and numeracy demands of the qualification.

  • Have access to the internet to actively engage with the online learning content and submit assignments online.

  • Have either a desktop personal computer or laptop.

  • Have the ability to scan images or take photographs of assessment evidence that may need to be submitted as part of an assessment portfolio of evidence.

  • This programme has practical components that require access to a workplace covered under the Government’s COVID-19 Public Health Response (Vaccinations) Order 2021.

    • Click here to visit the COVID-19 page for more information on how the Government mandate on COVID-19 vaccinations for some sectors may affect the completion of the practical components of study.



Course Details

Qualification code: NZ2850

Level: 4

Credits: 60


Allow 10 hours of study per credit. You will be required to work minimum 12 hours weekly in a registered ECE service or with a registered homebased provider.

Cost: $2400

You can get a student loan for this qualification if you meet the criteria. Visit for more information.

2022 Semester Dates

Semester One
Start date: 21 February 2022

End date: 8 July 2022

Semester Two
Start date: 25 July 2022
End date: 9 December 2022

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