Course details

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

About the course

This diploma enables students to excel in a rewarding career educating and caring for infants and young children. Over the programme, students gain the skills and knowledge needed to work in a range of early childhood contexts, such as centre-based, hospital-based, home-based, nanny, parent-led, or culturally-based contexts including Pasifika or Mäori. University Entrance is not required to enter this ECE Diploma.

Throughout the year, we include over 200 hours of placement in an early childhood centre for students to learn hands-on and create connections for possible future employment.

Throughout this diploma, students will cover research skills learning and human development theories, curriculum development, Tikanga Maori and the Treaty of Waitangi, professionalism and safety in early childhood education and care.

Classes are fun and interactive, with up to 200 hours of placement in an early childhood centre that gives students the opportunity to work alongside children and qualified early childhood teachers to integrate their learning in relation to everyday teaching experiences.

Entry requirements

  • NCEA Level 2 is required for students aged 16-19 (NCEA is not required for students 20+).
  • Applicants will be required to attend an interview, where they will be required to complete a short written task.
  • Applicants will be required to produce two current character references and undergo a police check

Provisional Entry:

  • Provisional Entry may be granted to domestic applicants who do not meet the criteria above, but present evidence of ability to succeed and are able to show they are well prepared to study the programme.

International Students:

  • International students for whom English is a second language must have an IELTS Academic score of 5.5 with no band score lower than 5.0, or recognised equivalent test.

About the provider

Vision College is a division of ATctivate Training Centre which is a charitable company born out of a desire to invest into the future of New Zealand and the world by growing people. Since 1984, thousands of people have benefitted from the dedication of our staff and their support for learners of all ages and backgrounds. Our staff enjoy the challenge and satisfaction of this mission, seeing changed lives and people growing toward their full potential.

We offer a variety of programmes across multiple campuses. You can study from Level 1 Certificates through to Level 7 Degrees.

Vision College has 8 Schools incorporating the following areas of study:

Business Administration (Level 3)
Counselling (Level 5-7)
Early Childhood Education (Level 3-5)
Information Technology (Level 5-6)
Christian Ministry (Level 5)
Music (Level 5-7)
Ultimate - Foundation Skills (Level 1-2)
Trades - Security, Mechanical Engineering & Agriculture (Level 2-3)

Most of our courses are free for domestic students (conditions apply)

All of our programmes are NZQA approved and, where applicable, eligible for students to apply for loans and allowances.