Course details

NZ Certificate in Early Childhood Education and Care Level 4
NZQF Level 4

About the course

This highly accessible, online programme will give you the pre-requisite skills, attitude and knowledge to become competent Early Childhood Kaiako for both work in Child Care Centres or in the community. This will be ideal for you if you are thinking of entering the ECE industry with no previous experience, or already working in the industry, or, if you are a home-based educator and need to complete a level 4 qualification.

Entry requirements

  • Recommended to hold either NCEA Level 1 or 2 or the New Zealand Certificate in Early Childhood Education and Care or equivalent knowledge, skills and experience
  • Students should own a computer or laptop and be reasonably proficient with computers and standard office software (Tablets and smartphones are not suitable for this online programme
  • Must have access to the internet at home
  • A compulsory criminal record check
  • Two referees (not family or friends)
  • An interview and a short statement of intent on why the learner wishes to pursue an Early Childhood Education qualification.

About the provider

Founded in 2003, NZSE is an accredited NZQA Category One provider of tertiary qualifications in Business, Early Childhood Education, Healthcare, IT, Retail, Security, Military and University Preparation. With campuses in New Lynn, Manukau, Auckland CBD and Hamilton. 


Whatever career path you choose at NZSE you will get the benefits of practical experience, industry connections and internationally recognised qualifications. NZSE is funded by the Tertiary Education Commission (TEC), and we have strong partnerships with leading universities and polytechnics such as University of AUT, Massey and Waikato. Our programmes provide a broad variety of educational opportunities and pathways for both international and domestic students. 

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