Course details

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

About the course

The purpose of this qualification is to provide Aotearoa New Zealand with proficient educators who, in a range of early childhood contexts, can provide and/or support the education and care of infants, toddlers, and young children. It is also intended to enhance community outcomes.

Graduates may provide supervision and/or guidance of volunteers or other staff, depending on the early childhood setting and associated regulatory framework and criteria.

This qualification does not lead to teacher registration, but it may provide opportunities for graduates, under specified criteria, to progress to a Level 7 ECE initial teacher education qualification.

About the provider

Open Polytechnic is New Zealand's leader in online and distance learning.

What’s our distance learning difference? It’s the almost 30,000 students who join us each year to study and achieve their career and personal goals.

It’s Open Polytechnic being New Zealand’s specialist distance learning provider for over 70 years. 


All our students study by distance.

Distance learning is what we do.


Our programmes are designed exclusively for distance learning. Our online courses include a range of rich content to engage you – readings, videos, interactive elements, case studies, quizzes and activities, and forums.


Our academic staff are experts at teaching by distance learning. It’s what they do.

They will be with you every step of the way to encourage you, and ensure you understand the course content. They will help you gain the skills and knowledge you need, so that you can succeed.


If you need other support or help, we’ve got a range of people here for you. 

With Open Polytechnic, you’re not alone.

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