New Zealand Certificate in Early Childhood Education and Care (Level 4)

Programme highlights

Help give young children the best start in their education.

Become an early childhood educator.

You will learn how to care for children and support them to reach their next milestone.

This qualification is the best place to start if you want to get a job as an early learning centre educator, home-based educator, teacher aide, education support worker, kaimahi or nanny. Or, you could already be working in the industry and want to get your skills recognised.

You will also learn the fundamentals in early childhood development.

Get real-world experience working or volunteering in an early childhood centre or home-based care setting.

Flexible study option

Key facts

Start Month(s) February, July
Study Location(s) MIT Otara
Level 4
Domestic fees $3,100 (approx.)
Youth Guarantee Not available
Programme Code NZ2850

19 weeks (full-time) or two years (part-time)

Study Method Full-time, Part-time
Credits 60
International Fees NZD$10,500 (approx.)
Māori and Pasifika Trades Training Scholarship Not available
Qualification New Zealand Certificate

Entry requirements


Be 17 years of age or over at the commencement of the programme.

Safety Checks:

To satisfy the risk assessment and safety check required in compliance with the Vulnerable Children Act (2014) the following requirements are in place:

  1. Provide a New Zealand Police Check (using the NZ Police and Vetting Consent to Disclosure of Information form) that demonstrates that the applicant has no criminal record and thus meets the requirements to work with at risk and vulnerable children as required by the Vulnerable Children Act (2014)
  2. Attend a face to face interview (or equivalent)
  3. Sign a statement agreeing to the release of pertinent information relevant to the Vulnerable Children Act 2014 that a Childcare centre may request
  4. Provide two satisfactory written referee reports
  5. Provide one photograph that meets the criteria defined by the New Zealand passport office: 
International students: English Language Entry Requirements

For the minimum English language requirements visit the IELTS Test Centre and refer to the requirements set out in the NZQF Programme and Accreditation Rules

International students will generally be required to provide evidence of English language proficiency, for this programme an IELTS General or Academic score of 5.5 with no band score lower than 5 is required. Equivalent acceptable evidence can be seen at the following NZQA link:

Provisional Entry

Students who have attained the age of 20 years and do not hold the minimum entry requirements for a programme will be eligible to be enrolled as a student where their previous educational, work or life experience indicates they have a reasonable likelihood of success. Students who have not attained the age of 20 years and do not hold the required minimum entry requirements for a programme may also be eligible to enrol in exceptional circumstances. Such decisions will be made by the Director/Head of School.

International students

Test your English level to help you plan.

Take our free online English test to get a basic indication of your English level. This will help you understand what programmes you can apply for and what preparation you may require before you start your programme of study.


Book your British Council IELTS test with us.

You will complete your test in one day, plus get free online tuition to help you succeed. We offer paper-based or computer-delivered IELTS. Choose computer-delivered IELTS and get your results in 5-7 days.

Career opportunities

Entry-level early childhood educator (centre or home-based), teacher aide, education support worker, nanny.

Programme structure

You will need to complete the below three courses (60 credits):

902.434 Learning and Development Theory (22 credits)

Develop your understanding of learning and development theories and characteristics of infants, toddlers and young children to enhance effective teaching techniques to support children's learning through play.

902.435 Curriculum in ECE (22 credits)

An introduction to the Early Childhood Curriculum document Te Whāriki and how you may use this to observe, plan, review and respond to children's learning.

902.436 Cultural Partnerships in ECE (16 credits)

Learn about ethical practice and professional behaviour in working with diverse cultures while developing in your personal and professional journey through reciprocal relationships with the families and whanau in an ECE setting.

Key dates

To find the start date of your programme intake listed above, please view the education calendar.

Information is correct as at October 2019. Programme fees are based on a full-time student and may vary depending on your final selection of courses that make up your programme. To provide you with an indication of costs, the approximate fees quoted in this publication are based on the indicative 2020 fee structure. The indicative programme fees for 2020 do not include the Compulsory Student Services Fee (CSSF). The CSSF is an additional levy to your 2020 programme or course fees. Further information about the CSSF can be found here Programmes stated as eligible for free study in 2020 are based on the 2019 fee structure and subject to funding confirmation for 2020. All fees are in New Zealand Dollars. You will be advised of the current fees at the time of enrolment. All courses and programmes will proceed subject to numbers and academic approval. Manukau Institute of Technology is accredited under the provisions of the Education Act 1989. International students must study in class and will not be able to enrol for online study options.