Nelson Regional Education Centre

Students looking to study early childhood in Nelson often come to Te Rito Maioha, as we are widely regarded as one of the leading providers of ECE qualifications in Aotearoa|New Zealand. Due to the depth of expertise behind our programme delivery, we have achieved the highest quality rating NZQA offers.

Education Centre Nelson

Learn ECE to become a kaiako or work in a range of roles related to children|tamariki and childcare. While our ECE courses in Nelson are highly popular, we also have ten other Regional Education Centres and a selection of online options, enabling you to study from anywhere in the country. We use a blended learning approach in our early childhood education courses in Nelson with a combination of online study, face-to-face block courses, and practical experience. Our students enjoy this style of learning and find that they benefit from having the opportunity to put their knowledge into practice.

When you study early childhood education in Nelson with us, you will experience a strong focus on biculturalism and how it applies to teaching. To effectively teach in Aotearoa|New Zealand, we believe that you must have deep knowledge of biculturalism and Te Tiriti o Waitangi.

Below, we have described each option available to study ECE in Nelson at our Regional Education Centre.

Graduate Diploma of Teaching in Nelson
We recognise that an undergraduate degree provides a solid foundation for teaching in New Zealand. That is why we have developed our one-year Graduate Diploma of Teaching that can be added to any undergraduate degree, enabling you to teach in Aotearoa|New Zealand. Those who have trained internationally as teachers also enjoy this course, as it helps them to become more familiar with the best practices for teaching in Aotearoa|New Zealand and makes them eligible to teach here.

The blend of block courses, online learning, and practical placements offers a range of knowledge and skills that will help you to become an excellent educator.

Diploma in Early Childhood Education in Nelson
We offer three ECE diplomas based on different learning techniques:

  • NZ Diploma in Early Childhood Education (Aperfield Montessori)
  • NZ Diploma in Early Childhood Education (Pasifika)
  • NZ Diploma in Early Childhood Education (Home-based Care)

Whether you are a qualified teacher or you have not attained qualifications in education yet, you can take one of these diplomas to give yourself a thorough understanding of childcare techniques. The Montessori diploma aims to familiarise you with Montessori learning methodologies and philosophies. Study the Pasifika diploma to gain insight into Pasifika ways of being and knowing, or learn more about home-based learning through the home-based care diploma.

Each of these courses can be studied online, making them flexible to fit in around your work. You will also attend block courses if you choose the Montessori or Pasifika options.

Teacher Education Refresher (TER) Courses in Nelson
Five years after the completion of a teaching degree, you must requalify to continue teaching if you have not yet attained a full practising certificate. Study one of our Teacher Education Refresher courses to be eligible to teach again.

This programme is also taken by teachers who are primary trained so that they can more fully understand how to effectively teach younger children|tamariki. If you have trained overseas as a teacher, this course can acquaint you with the learning environment in Aotearoa|New Zealand. You will go through the foundations of teaching in NZ, such as details of the curriculum, assessment, and planning.

ECE Degrees in Nelson
Our Nelson Regional Education Centre provides three study options to students wanting to obtain a degree in education.

ECE Courses Nelson

Bachelor of Education (ECE) in Nelson
Learn more about educational practices in Aotearoa|New Zealand with the Bachelor of Education (ECE).

Study topics such as ECE provision in NZ, the role of adults in ECE services, strategies that support academic study, human development theories, and more. The collection of knowledge gained through this course is helpful in roles such as support person for migrants and refugees, strategic planner, and youth worker.

This programme does not make you eligible to teach. If you change your mind after completing this degree and want to become a teacher, you can do so by adding on the Graduate Diploma of Teaching (ECE).

Bachelor of Teaching in Nelson
To become a kaiako, you will need to study towards a Bachelor of Teaching. We offer two options to
attain a Bachelor of Teaching degree:

  • Bachelor of Teaching (Primary)
  • Bachelor of Teaching (ECE)

Learn online and then use your knowledge right away with hands-on experience in an educational setting with either of these degrees. Study ECE teaching in Nelson at Te Rito Maioha for research-driven programmes that include practical applications.

ECE Diploma to Degree Upgrade Programme
Upgrade your knowledge and abilities in the classroom with our ECE Diploma to Degree Upgrade Programme. This is designed for educators with a diploma who wish to attain a full undergraduate degree and qualify as a teacher. Develop your knowledge of leadership in ECE, mātauranga Māori, and inclusion in ECE settings.

Postgraduate ECE in Nelson
If you feel that you need to challenge yourself to advance your career, you might consider studying for a postgraduate diploma in ECE. We offer a range of study options that each emphasise a particular aspect of early childhood education. If you complete a postgraduate diploma and then wish to continue studying, you can credit this towards a Master of Education.


  • Postgraduate Diploma: Infant and Toddler Learning and Development – Discover multi- disciplinary theories from a range of sectors, including social services, health, and education. These can be used to encourage a holistic view of children’s wellbeing, development, and learning.
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Leadership (ECE) – Our Postgraduate Diploma in Leadership (ECE) features a strong focus on developing your leadership skills in a work-based context. Learn more about leading effective curriculum change, mentoring theories, and management and governance in ECE.
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Leadership (ECE) Trans-Tasman Initiative – Learn alongside a cohort of Australian leaders with this postgraduate diploma. You will study concepts such as organisational leadership, advocacy for social justice, and ethical leadership. Then come together with your cohort to share your learnings and practices with each other.
  • Master of Education (ECE) – Gain insight into educational practices and research with our Master of Education in Nelson. Throughout this master’s degree, you will study infant and toddler pedagogy, ECE leadership, biculturalism, inclusive education, and more.

Nelson Regional Education Centre

Physical address:
Ground Floor, 197 Bridge Street            
Nelson 7040
Regional Education Leader at this site:
Manleen Kaur
Telephone: (03) 548 0511
Mobile: 028 8500 3331


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