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Academy Introduction to Early Childhood Programme

Academy Introduction to Early Childhood Programme

Level 2

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

A photograph of an early childhood setting - children and caregivers playing in a sandpit
Quick info

Level: 2

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

Duration: 1 day a week
Friday

Dates:
First week of Monday 10 Feb - Final week of Term 3

Domestic Fees: *
Fees-freeScholarship 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.

UCOL's 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 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. Once you've talked to everyone required, you can fill out the online application form as follows:

 Career & Study Outcomes

Successful completion of UCOL's 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 UCOL's 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, see Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment's Occupation Outlook for Teachers.

 Course Information

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.

Manawatū, Whanganui, Wairarapa (Thursday)

Unit Standard 29867 (Level 3) (Version 1) (5 Credits)
Demonstrate knowledge of diverse whanau/families and use a range of effective communication strategies in an ECE service

Unit Standard 10026(Level 3) (Version 1) (5 Credits)
Demonstrate knowledge of children's development and learning and their relevance to an ECE service.

Unit Standard 29868 (Level 3) (Version 1) (4 Credits)
Demonstrate professional behaviour and manage personal health and wellbeing in an ECE service

Unit Standard 29870(Level 3) (Version 1) (4 Credits)
Demonstrate knowledge of Te Tiriti o Waitangi, legislations and organisations relevant to ECE services in New Zealand

Unit Standard 29707 (Level 3) (Version 4) (4 Credits)
Describe the value of play and create resources for children's development and learning in an ECE service

Unit Standard 29863 (Level 3) (Version 1) (5 Credits)
Develop, implement and evaluate a learning plan based on observation of a child in an ECE service

Unit Standard 29865 (Level 3) (Version 1) (4 Credits)
Describe and reflect n practices to protect and promote the health and holistic wellbeing of children in an ECE service

 Domestic Entry Requirements

For year 11 - 13 secondary school students (NZ Citizens, permanent residents or students 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 UCOL's NCEA explained page.

 International Entry Requirements

Not applicable.

 Advice & Guidance

UCOL's Academy Introduction to Early Childhood Programme comprises 22 Credits.

This short course is part of a suite of 'Academy' programmes offered by UCOL to secondary students 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. 

Cost
Fees-free when criteria are met. 

Transport
Transport assistance is available if you meet the criteria.

Attendance expectations
Students 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.

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