This programme comprises 60 credits.
Early Childhood Learning and Development Theory (15 Credits)
Gain an operational knowledge of children’s learning, development, growth and environmental influences in an early childhood and care context within New Zealand. Students who successfully complete this course will be able to demonstrate knowledge of children's development and their basis needs, explain the link between attachment behaviour and patterns of behaviour in young children, and demonstrate knowledge of the factors that influence nutrition and their effect on early childhood development.
Culture and Communication in an Early Childhood Setting (15 Credits)
Develop a range of communication skills to enhance social competency when working with a diverse range of cultural groups within New Zealand. This includes using basic te reo Māori and tikanga Māori within a familiar early childhood context to promote awareness of Māori as tangata whenua.
Legislative and Ethical Practices in an Early Childhood Context (15 Credits)
Develop an awareness of the legislative requirements that support early childhood services in New Zealand, including:
- Education (Early Childhood Services) Regulations 2008
- Licensing Criteria for Education and Care Services
- Vulnerable Children Act 2014
- Health and Safety at Work Act 2015
- Code of Ethics for Certified Teachers
- Philosophy of Early Childhood Education
- Te Tiriti o Waitangi/Treaty of Waitangi
Early Childhood Practicum (15 Credits - 60 hours)
Gain practical experiences within an early childhood setting to develop confidence, skills and cultural competency in working with children, families/whānau and fellow educators.
Previous Related Programme
The New Zealand Certificate in Early Childhood Education and Care supersedes and takes the best from the following programme of study, which is no longer offered:
- National Certificate in Early Childhood Education and Care