National Certificate in Early Childhood Education and Care (Level 5)

 

National Certificate in Early Childhood Education and Care (Level 5)

Course Overview

Career Opportunities

Duration

Entry Criteria

Course Structure

Course Costs

Course Overview

The National Certificate in Early Childhood Education and Care (Level 5) provides intermediate level skills and knowledge for anyone considering a career in early childhood services including the education and care of infants, toddlers and young children within the social and cultural environment of Aotearoa/New Zealand.

Career Opportunities

 The National Certificate in Early Childhood Education and Care (Level 5) is designed for people considering a career in early childhood education and care. Graduates will acquire the knowledge, skills, and attributes required for centre, hospital or home-based early childhood education and care within Aotearoa/New Zealand. This allows holders of the qualification to choose the service in which they wish to work as a supervised assistant in an ECE service or as an unqualified ECE educator.

 Graduates can also continue further tertiary education through the National Diploma in Early Childhood Education/Teaching (Level 7) or Bachelor of Early Childhood Education/Teaching.

Duration:     One year (Full time)

Entry Criteria

Applicants must:

  • be 18 years (international students) or 17 years of age (domestic students) at the time of application;
  • have academic skills and abilities appropriate for study at Level 5 on the National Qualifications Framework*:
  • have English language competence at IELTS level 6.0 (Academic);
  • have a clear police check (NB: entry to the programme will be provisional until the outcome of police check;
  • demonstrate a commitment to working with young children evidenced by the writing of a personal statement at the time of the interview;
  • have appropriate personal qualities evidenced at interview and by two confidential referee’s statements

* To satisfy requirements of NQF, applicants must:

  • completed a minimum of four years secondary schooling;
  • achieved 20 or less in four Sixth Form Certificate subjects;
  • achieved 48 NCEA credits at Level 2 or better, across four subjects;
  • Applicants who have completed their education outside of New Zealand will be expected to evidence minimum qualifications of equivalent level.
  • Applicants who have successfully completed the National Certificate in Early Childhood Education and Care (Level 3) or Playcentre training or Parents as First Teachers (PAFT) may be deemed to have met this criterion;

Course Structure

The programme has been structured to include the five modules shown below. The rationale for the groupings of the units into units is to ensure an integrated and holistic approach to learning.

 

Module 1 – Early Childhood curriculum and development

Unit

Title

9302 Demonstrate knowledge of learning for young children
9301 Demonstrate knowledge of DOPs (1-5) for learning and development in a chartered EC service
9306 Demonstrate knowledge of the New Zealand early childhood curriculum, Te Whāriki
9314 Demonstrate knowledge of programme planning in an early childhood setting
10029 Demonstrate knowledge of human development across the lifespan
21327 Demonstrate knowledge of assisting with the implementation of early intervention programmes in ECE

Module 2 – Health, Safety and Nutrition

Unit

Title

9324 Develop emergency plans and procedures for early childhood settings
9325 Demonstrate knowledge of an environment that enhances young children’s health
10025 Demonstrate knowledge of protection for young children from abuse

 

Module 3 – Communicating with children and families/whanau

Unit

Title

12734 Relate knowledge of families in New Zealand to early childhood education and care
20407 Demonstrate knowledge of cultural sensitivities in a specific early childhood setting
9331 Demonstrate knowledge of implementing partnership with family/whānau in an early childhood setting
9332 Facilitate early childhood education and care arrangements with parents, family, and whānau
10611 Relate knowledge of organisations which impact on early childhood services
9694 Analyse and apply principles of communication process theory

 

Module 4 – Professional Practice

Unit

Title

9312 Implement observation techniques in early childhood educational practice
9321 Practise safe supervision of young children in an early childhood setting
9293 Develop and review own philosophy of professional practice in an early childhood setting
9297 Apply knowledge of and reflect on own safety and protection as an early childhood practitioner
10033 Demonstrate knowledge of Education (Early Childhood Centres) Regulations, 1998
12735 Demonstrate knowledge of Education (Home-Based Care) Order, 1992 and amendments

 

Module 5 –

Unit

Title

10014 Participate in young children’s play
6632 Apply knowledge of age-related nutrition needs in providing food for a child
20406 Describe the benefits of effective communication with parents, family and whanau
10034 Demonstrate knowledge of early childhood services in the local community and in Aotearoa/New Zealand
10036 Demonstrate knowledge of parenthood and child rearing practices
10026 Demonstrate knowledge of child development
10032 Demonstrate knowledge of ethical behaviour in early childhood
   
       

Course Costs

 

Domestic Students

International Students

Tuition Fees & Course Material:

$6,000.00

$8,500.00

Total Cost

$6,000.00

$8,500.00

     

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