New Zealand Diploma in Early Childhood Education and Care Level 6
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Programme Overview
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.


Programme Structure
The programme will be 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

Credits: 120


Course Scheduling

This programme consists of eight courses, each of  15 credits. There are six courses that are theory only, while two other courses require 180 hours of practicums. In each practicum students complete 90 hours of practice in early childhood centres. For theory courses, there are 20 hours face to face classes every week, 2 courses running alongside having 10 hours each. The timetable changes every 9 weeks showing the courses. Both theory courses and practicum courses including the practicum hours are completed within 36 weeks.


You must meet the following entry requirements

Academic Requirement:
Learners enrolling 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)
Academic IELTS 6.0 overall with no band score less than 5.5


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, and
  • Engage in culturally responsive 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.



Start Dates:

11th Mar 2019

22nd Jul 2019

23rd Sep 209

2nd Dec 2019