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

South Auckland - 25 July 2022


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

This qualification is designed for learners who want to gain skills in centre-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 (as an educator in playgroups and care centres) or progress into the Diploma in Early Childhood Level 5.

This programme is designed for people who are involved in the care and education of children in a variety of Early Childhood Education (ECE) settings including care centres and playgroups. 

12-16 Gordon Road, Otahuhu, Auckland 1062

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

  • 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.


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