Certificate in Early Childhood Education and Care (Level 4) (Home-Based)

Wellington - 1 August 2022


Fees Free!
NZQA Level: 4
NZQA Credits: 60
Learning Style: In-Person Learning
19 weeks
Start Date:
End Date:
16 December 2022

This qualification is designed for learners who want to gain skills in home-based early childhood care, including early childhood education essentials, child development and relevant health and safety policies. This programme enables learners to enter the workforce (such as nanny or in-home educator) or progress into the Diploma in Early Childhood Level 5.

If you already involved in the care and education of young children at home, or want to gain a recognised qualification, then this new programme will give you the flexibility to work while you study towards a formal qualification in home based early childhood care.

Enjoy face to face learning with only 10 class hours per week, learn about child development and get the skills you need to deliver quality early childhood education in a home based setting.

This programme also provides a pathway into our Diploma in Early Childhood Level 5 programme.

Graduates may be able to work as:

  • a nanny or au-pair

  • an educator in home based, centre-based and hospital-based services

  • as an ECE play-group coordinator

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New Zealand Certificate in Early Childhood Education and Care (Level 4)
  • Domestic students need to be 17 years of age or older at the time the programme commences. Must be a New Zealand Citizen or Permanent Resident. 

  • International students need to be 18 years of age or older.

  • Be reliable, responsible and in good health. 

  • Hold a New Zealand Certificate in Early Childhood Education (Level 3) or NCEA Level 2, or equivalent.

  • Or for those with relevant ECE work experience, a referee who knows the applicant in a professional capacity to provide a confidential referee report in support of the application. Applications will be considered on a case by case basis. Students enrolling in the home-based service stream, must be employed in a licenced Home-based ECE service to be eligible.

  • Meet the minimum requirements of the NZMA Entry Assessment.

  • Have an acceptable safety check (New Zealand Police Vet) prior to beginning of practical experience; home-based must be employed in a licenced Home-based ECE service, produce reference and attestation letter which includes current police vetting information from HB employer. If the programme begins before the Vet report has been received from the New Zealand Police, students may begin the programme but may not attend any practical experience at an ECE Service Provider until an acceptable report has been received.

  • If English is not your first language, an IELTS of Level 5.5 (General or Academic) with no sub-score less than 5, or equivalent is required

  • International students must have travel and medical insurance and a valid visa. 

*Other English Tests / evidence may be approved as advised by 


The first year of this course's fees are free when this is your first year of study. Ask NZMA to help or find out more here.

If you meet certain conditions you can get a student loan and allowances. Find out if you meet the conditions by calling StudyLink on Freephone 0800 88 99 00 or visit www.studylink.govt.nz.

The cost can be different depending on the subject and duration of the course. View the course cost for New Zealand students here.

*REDUCED COURSE COSTS.  If you find you're not eligible for First Year Fees Free, you may be able to get some course costs partially funded by the Ministry of Education. Ask us how this works. 


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