New Zealand Diploma in Early Childhood Education and Care (Level 6)

New Zealand Diploma in Early Childhood Education and Care (Level 6)

This program equips students with an in-depth pedagogical knowledge of the major early childhood curriculum areas: language, literacy, the creative arts, mathematics, science and technology; family and community; and foundations for leadership in an early childhood context.


Method of learning:


1 year


  • Students wishing to enrol in the Field Practice course are required to attend two x 16 hour Block Courses. These will be eight hours each day and will be held on a consecutive Sunday and Monday. Block Courses are an opportunity for face-to-face networking, teaching and learning for Online students. They will be conducted by NZTC lecturers, and will focus on topics relevant to the field of early childhood education
  • Students enrolled in the Blended Learning mode are required to undertake work experience (paid or voluntary) in a licensed early childhood centre for a minimum of 16 hours per week throughout the program
  • Engage in online discussions

International students will also be required to:

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

Students wishing to complete the Field Practice course will be required to attend eight weeks of full-time Field Practice in four-week blocks during the course of the program. A total of four weeks can be carried out in a Home Centre (the main centre at which a student may already be employed) and four weeks in a different centre.

Blended Learning

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

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 New Zealand Diploma in Early Childhood Education and Care (Level 6) you may be eligible to apply for the Bachelor of Education (ECE) or Bachelor of Teaching (ECE). Graduation from the Bachelor of Teaching (ECE) results in eligibility to apply for New Zealand teacher registration. Entry criteria and field practice requirements apply.