New Zealand Diploma in Early Childhood Education and Care Level 6
ICL Graduate Business School
ICL Graduate Business School
ICL Graduate Business School

New Zealand Diploma in Early Childhood Education and Care Level 6

Credits: 120


Programme Aim
The aim of the programme is to provide students with the skills and knowledge to become proficient educators in Aotearoa New Zealand who can work professionally and collaboratively within a range of early childhood contexts to provide education and care to infants, toddlers and young children and enhance community outcomes. Graduates may also provide management and leadership of volunteers or other staff, depending on the early childhood setting and associated regulatory framework and criteria. it will also provide tools and skills necessary for graduates to pursue further study options.


Entry Requirements
Academic Requirement: Learners enroling must hold the New Zealand Diploma in Early Childhood Education and Care (Level 5) [Ref: 2851], or equivalent knowledge, skills and experience.

Safety Checks: Completion of this qualification requires practical experience within an early childhood setting. These placements will require the candidate to pass a safety check consistent with the requirements of the Vulnerable Children Act 2014.
For more information on the Vulnerable Children Act 2014, safety checking regulations and guidelines, see

English Level (International Students only)
IELTS 6.0 overall with no band score less than 5.5


Programme Structure
The programme will be fun over a period of 36 teaching weeks. The programme is made up of 8 courses of 15 credits each.

ECE6301    ECE in context
ECE6302   Curriculum 1 – Arts, Science and Technology
ECE6303   Curriculum 2 – Outdoor and community Environments
ECE6304   Professional Practice 3
ECE6305   Communication within an ECE Centre
ECE6306   Inclusion
ECE6307   Leadership in Early Childhood Education
ECE6308   Professional Practice


Off-campus Experiential Learning
Off campus learning components specific to this programme are as follows:
– Supervised work experience with ECE centres within the city surrounds. Any off campus learning that takes place will be carried out in accordance with ICL Education Group health and safety policies and procedures.


Supervised practicum experiences provide students with the opportunity to put their classroom learning into practice and to make links between theory and practice. Students are able to experience the reality of working with children and teachers in an early childhood centre and to use these experiences as the basis of discussion and reflection and the development of evidence based practice. Talking to the centre teachers will help students to explore and understand aspects of the practice. Assessments will also be able to be linked to real experiences in the centre.


Key Information for Students



Graduate Outcomes
Graduates of this qualification will be able to:

  • critique and apply a range of pedagogies and contemporary early childhood teaching, learning and development theories to practice;
  • support children’s learning by applying a range of approaches to assessment for learning in an early childhood education context;
  • evaluate and guide the provision of a healthy , safe and inclusive early learning environment for the protection, care, holistic wellbeing and education of diverse children;
  • critically review own health, wellbeing and professional development to refine own reflective practice;
  • work collaboratively with others and apply leadership capability to enhance practice in an early childhood education environment;
  • critically review and respond to the professional, legal, regulatory and ethical responsibilities required of early childhood settings to inform and guide practice;
  • apply the principles inherent in te Tiriti o Waitangi/Treaty of Waitangi to inform bicultural early childhood education in Aotearoa New Zealand and guide practice across all aspects of an ECE service;
  • establish a personal and professional philosophy of practice through the critique of a range of socio-cultural influences, including Maori and Pasifika philosophies of practice and pedagogies, on contemporary early childhood education in Aotearoa New Zealand;
  • engage in culturally resopnisve early childhood practice in Aotearoa New Zealand that enhances outcomes for children and their families, including those from Pacific nations.

Education Pathways

This qualification may provide a pathway for graduates to undertake study towards a Level 7 ECE initial teacher education qualification, under specialised criteria, but does not lead directly to teacher registration.


The programme will be delivered at ICL Education Group sites: Auckland CBD campus and Massey campus (West Auckland)


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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