Certificate in Early Childhood Education (Introduction)(Level 4)

Certificate in Early Childhood Education (Introduction) (Level 4)

Through this program, students gain introductory skills and knowledge in a wide range of subjects, including an Introduction to Early Childhood Education, Whole Child Development and Wellbeing, Diversity of Young Learners, and Play-based Learning. All courses in the program are guided by the founding principles of Te Tiriti o Waitangi/The Treaty of Waitangi and the New Zealand early childhood curriculum, Te Whāriki.


Method of learning:


0.5 years


Code Course
C111 Early Childhood Writing and Research
C112 Introduction to Early Childhood Education
C113 Health and Safety in Early Childhood
C121 Play and Early Childhood Education
C122 Curriculum Experiences in Early Childhood
FE1 Field Experience

All students will be required to:

  • Engage in online discussions

International students will also be required to:

  • Attend tutorials for a minimum of 4 hours per week throughout the program

Blended Learning

For more information on the modes listed above, refer to the Modes of learning page

To gain field experience, you will be required to attend an approved, licensed early childhood centre for a minimum of four hours per week throughout the program under the supervision of a fully registered Associate Teacher. Students will also be required to complete four weeks of full-time field experience. A total of three weeks can be carried out in a Home Centre (the main centre at which you may already be employed) and one week in a different centre.

New Zealand Tertiary College qualifications have been designed to link easily into each other, providing you with a flexible range of pathway options into higher level study.

Upon completion of the Certificate in Early Childhood Education (Introduction) (Level 4) you may be eligible to apply for the following education stream programs. Entry criteria will apply.