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Academy Introduction to Early Childhood

Level 2

Discover if a career in child development, health and wellbeing is right for you, while still in secondary school with the UCOL Academy Introduction to Early Childhood Programme.

An early childhood class where students are interacting with the teacher
Quick info

Level: 2

Locations: UCOL Manawatū in Palmerston North, UCOL Whanganui, UCOL Wairarapa in Masterton

Starting: Week of 12 Feb 2024
Finishing: Week ending 27 Sep 2024
Delivery day: Fridays

Domestic Fees: *

Scholarship info

International Fees:*
Not applicable

Additional Fees
Compulsory course costs may apply.

* Fees are indicative only, and are inclusive of the student services levy and GST (goods and services tax). The fee shown is for one year of study.

The UCOL Academy Introduction to Early Childhood Programme will give you the foundation skills as the first step in your career in Early Childhood Education.

How to apply
If you're interested in applying for this programme, talk to your careers advisor at school. Application is arranged in partnership with your parents/caregivers and your school. Once you've talked to everyone required, you can use the form below to apply.

 Course Hours & Duration

Fridays, 9am - 3pm.

 Career & Study Outcomes

Successful completion of the UCOL Academy Introduction to Early Childhood Programme is the first step in a journey. Equipped with new skills and a taste for the industry, you will know what you need to do to pursue a career. If this is for you, you can undertake further tertiary studies in:

Successful graduates of the UCOL Academy Introduction to Early Childhood Programme have introductory knowledge of children's learning and development and will be able to contribute to the workplace as an entry-level carer. Job opportunities include:

  • Early childhood centres
  • Home-based childcare centres

To find out more about possible job prospects and salaries for Teachers, see careers.govt.nz

 Course Information

This programme comprises 22 credits.

Unit Standard 29852 (Level 2) (Version 1) (4 Credits)
Demonstrate knowledge of the basic needs and nutrition that support young children's holistic wellbeing and development.

Unit Standard 29854 (Level 2) (Version 1) (2 Credits)
Describe personal and environmental hygiene and safety practices for the care of young children.

Unit Standard 29856 (Level 2) (Version 1) (2 Credits)
Describe and demonstrate care practices for infants and toddlers.

Unit Standard 29857 (Level 2) (Version 1) (5 Credits)
Describe patterns of development and learning for young children.

Unit Standard 29858 (Level 2) (Version 1) (5 Credits)
Provide and reflect on the value of play experiences for a child's development and learning.

Unit Standard 29859 (Level 2) (Version 1) (4 Credits)
Describe values and beliefs that inform own personal approach to the learning and care of young children.

 Domestic Entry Requirements

For year 11 - 13 secondary school learners (NZ Citizens, permanent residents or learners with an applicable visa allowing them to be enrolled in a secondary school).

Applications are to be received from participating schools.

Recommended school subjects include:

  • Health Education
  • Te Reo Maori
  • Home Economics (food & nutrition)
  • Drama
  • Music


For more information about NCEA Credits see the UCOL Te Pūkenga NCEA explained page.

 International Entry Requirements

Not applicable.

 Advice & Guidance

This short course is part of a suite of 'Academy' programmes offered by UCOL to secondary learners seeking to explore their career options while still in school. Gain practical experience and NCEA Credits.

How to apply
If you're interested in applying for UCOL's Academy Introduction to Early Childhood Programme, talk to your careers advisor at school. Application is arranged in partnership with your parents/caregivers and your school.

Fees-free when criteria are met.

Transport assistance is available if you meet the criteria.

Attendance expectations
Learners must maintain appropriate attendance at both secondary school and Academy to remain enrolled in the Academy Programme.

 Additional Costs

There are no additional costs associated with this programme. Simply, bring a pen, paper and your lunch each week.