Early Childhood Education Level 4

Being an Early Childhood Education professional is one of the most rewarding career paths. Learn the advanced knowledge and skills to encourage active learning and give young children room to explore their environment.

This programme has been designed to prepare, educate and care for infants, toddlers and young children in an ECE setting. Our goal is for you to be able to communicate well with children and their respective families/whanau and other ECE educators in a multicultural setting.

Progress your ECE career with practical teaching and classroom skills that can help children reach cognitive developmental milestones.

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  • Support the development and learning of children
  • Implement the principles and strands of Te Whāriki
  • Legislation, regulations and organisations that support the wellbeing of children and whanau
  • Understand diversity, multiculturalism, ECE philosophies, socio-cultural theories and cultural contexts of ECE services
  • Beliefs, ethical values, goals and strategies to influence ECE practice and development
  • Observe children and develop learning plans
  • Provide care and safe practices
  • Effective communication for appropriate, respectful, reciprocal and responsive relationships
  • Guide the behaviour of tamariki
  • Using Te Reo Māori and Tikanga Māori in an ECE setting


  • New Zealand Certificate in Early Childhood Education and Care Level 4


All students who wish to enrol must go through a selection interview process. Participants who meet the criteria below are able to take part in these programmes:

  • Commitment to completing the qualifications
  • Commitment to move to higher level education on completion of the programme


Driver Licence


20 weeks full time, 24 weeks flexible


Monday to Thursday: 8:45am - 4:00pm Friday: 8:45am - 1:00pm Also includes placement in a centre which will include varied hours.


Whangarei Campus


There is no cost for eligible participants. All resources and materials are provided.


Flexible, contact us for further information.