New Zealand Diploma in Early Childhood Education and Care Level 5
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The New Zealand Diploma in Early Childhood Education and Care Level 5

Credits: 120

Why Choose This Programme?

  • Perfect for students who come from an Arts, Education or Health-related background.
  • Pathways onto the Level 6 and 7 programmes.
  • High levels of employment opportunities.
  • Recent government funding initiatives in the pre-school sector mean that there is a high demand for early childhood teachers in New Zealand so part-time and full-time work is easy to find.
  • The great majority of graduates find employment within a few weeks of graduation.


Key Information for Students



Outcome Statement

Graduates of this qualification will be able to:

  • Apply knowledge of key early childhood teaching, learning and development theories an approaches to inform and guide practice in Aotearoa New Zealand.
  • Promote learning by implementing the philosophy, principles, and practices embodied in the bicultural New Zealand early childhood curriculum framework, Te Whariki.
  • Provide a healthy, safe, and inclusive environment for the protection, care, and education of diverse learners.
  • Communicate effectively to develop and maintain collaborative relationships with a wide range of people in an early childhood education and care community.
  • Engage in reflective practice in an early childhood setting.
  • Apply professional standards, legal requirements, and ethical principles in a socially and culturally responsive manner to guide and support practice in an early childhood setting.
  • Engage in bicultural ECE practice which reflects an understanding of the principles inherent in te Tiriti o Waitangi/Treaty of Waitangi and the place of Maori as tangata whenua.
  • Use knowledge of the history of early childhood education in Aotearoa New Zealand to inform a developing personal philosophy of early childhood education practice.
  • Practice in a culturally responsive manner that is informed by children’s language, culture and identity.


Programme Structure

ECE5301   Introduction to curriculum
ECE5302   Infants, Toddlers and Young Children
ECE5303   Diversity
ECE5304   Professional Practice 1 Auroa
ECE5305   Language, Literacy and Numeracy
ECE5306   Communication for ECE Teachers
ECE5307   Introduction to Bi-Culturalism
ECE5308   Professional Practice 2


Employment Pathways

Graduates of this qualification will have the skills and knowledge to work as early childhood educators in a range of early childhood contexts, such as centre-based, hospital-based (play specialist assistant), home-based, nanny, parent-led, or culturally-based contexts including Pasifika or Maori.

Graduates may provide supervision or guidance of volunteers or other staff, in some early childhood settings. They may also be involved in voluntary roles in early childhood settings.


Education Pathways

Graduates of this qualification may undertake further study towards the New Zealand Diploma in Early Childhood Education and Care (Level 6) [Ref:2852]

This qualification does not lead to teacher registration, but it may be possible to proceed to commence a level 7 initial teacher education (ECE) qualification under specific criteria.


Entry Requirements

Entry to the New Zealand Diploma in Early Childhood Education and Care (Level 5) programme, including English language and academic requirements, will be in accordance the criteria specified in ICL Education Group’s QMS.

Key Information Set (KIS) Requirements:

  • Brief Entry Requirements: NCEA Level 2 plus 42 credits at Level 3 or equivalent; or New Zealand Certificate in Early Childhood Education and Care (Level 3) or New Zealand Certificate in Early Childhood Education and Care (Level 4); or evidence of ability to meet academic requirements.
  • Additional Requirements: NCEA Level 2 includes passes in English or Te Reo Maori. For international applicants who come from non English speaking backgrounds, an IELTS Academic score of 5.5 with no band score lower than 5.0, or an equivalent relevance English Proficiency Outcome as outlined in NZQF-related rules (Rule 18). International students must hold a valid study visa to enrol in this programme.

Before enrolment students are required to fulfil the requirements of the Vulnerable Children’s Act 2014, safety checks which includes:

  • Two forms of identity: Passport, New  Zealand certificate of Identity, Birth Certificate, Inland Revenue Number etc.
  • Two satisfactory character reference are required
  • Satisfactory performance in an interview
  • A short statement of intent
  • Police vetting: All applicants will be required to provide a signed consent form allowing ICL Education to check the applicant’s record of convictions on entry, during and prior to completing the programme. Applicants will be accepted only after the Police Check is processed. Applicants will be allowed to go on practicum after the Police Check is processed.
  • All applicants with ANY convictions will be required to attend an interview with the Programme Leader or staff member from the teaching team and may be declined entry depending on the severity, recency, age at offending and pattern of offending.



Programme Length:
35 Weeks


Start Date:

2018 – 2019
08 Jan 18 – 12 Oct 18
12 Feb 18 – 16 Nov 18
09 April 18 – 25 Jan 19
11 Jun 18 – 29 Mar 19
13 Aug 18 – 31 May 19
15 Oct 18 – 02 Aug 19

2019 – 2020
07 Jan 19 – 11 Oct 19
11 Mar 19 -13 Dec 19
13 May 19 – 28 Feb 20
15 Jul 19 – 01 May 20
16 Sep – 03 Jul 20
18 Nov 19 – 04 Sep 20


Course Fees:
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