Course details

National Certificate in Early Childhood Education and Care (Level 5)
NZQF Level 5

About the course

The National Certificate in Early Childhood Education and Care (Level 5) is designed for people considering a career in early childhood education and care, or contemplating further tertiary study towards completing a teaching qualification recognised by the New Zealand Teachers Council for the purposes of becoming a registered New Zealand teacher. It recognises the knowledge, skills, and attributes required for early childhood education and care across centre-based, hospital-based, home-based, or the child's family environment within the sociocultural context of Aotearoa/New Zealand. This allows holders of the qualification to choose the service in which they wish to work as a supervised assistant in an ECE service or as an unqualified ECE educator.

Holders of the National Certificate in Early Childhood Education and Care (Level 5) are able to demonstrate knowledge and skills in the following areas, within the context of ECE services:
. health and safety
. Education (Early Childhood Services) Regulations 2008 and New Zealand Early Childhood Curriculum, Te Whariki
. age related nutritional requirements
. child development, behaviours, and environments that enhance child health
. pedagogy, theories, and implementation of teaching practice
. partnerships, organisations, and cultural diversity
. ethical behaviours
. communication theories
. protocols and roles associated with powhiri
. professional practice and development of own philosophy
. roles and responsibilities of adults and statutory agencies.

The requirements are all compulsory, as the basic principles of early childhood education and care apply across all services. The requirements include standards that recognise knowledge and skills related to the Aotearoa/New Zealand early childhood curriculum Te Whariki; observation techniques; programme planning; safe supervision; and the facilitation of early childhood education and care arrangements.

There are no electives as the principles of early childhood education and care apply across all services.

The qualification shares some credit with and builds on the introductory skills recognised by the National Certificate in Early Childhood Education and Care (Level 3) [Ref: 0403] and may lead to further study at diploma or degree level in early childhood teacher education. Holders of the qualification who wish to work with Pasifika children should consider the National Certificate in Pacific Islands Early Childhood Education (Pasifika Management) (Level 6) [Ref: 0982] or the National Diploma in Teaching (Early Childhood Education, Pasifika) (Level 7) [Ref: 0983].

About the provider

ICL Education Group consists of ICL Business School, Auckland English Academy, Bridge International College and New Horizon College, located in Auckland and Napier.

ICL was incorporated in 2002 and offers a range of tertiary Business, Computing, TESOL, ESOL and Early Childhood Education programmes. The schools have mostly international students, from around 20 different countries.