NZ Diploma in Early Childhood Education (Home-based Care)
Te Tohu Pōkairua Mātauranga Kōhungahunga (Home-based Care)

Prepare for your future in home-based ECE.


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Applications for study beginning in February 2020 have now closed. Please click on the link above and give us your contact details if you are interested in study beginning in July 2020.

Students completing this programme will gain the qualification of New Zealand Diploma in Early Childhood Education and Care (Level 5) – Te Tohu Pōkairua Mātauranga Kōhungahunga Manaaki (Level 5).

The programme has been designed specifically for home-based educators in consultation with the home-based sector. It focuses on the theory and practice of delivering quality home-based early childhood education and care.

The programme is delivered entirely online with no block courses or practicum components. This means that home-based educators can work and study at the same time.

We offer all our students a strong support network. Each home-based care student will have an online lecturer and access to learning support. We also encourage students to take full advantage of our 11 teaching bases, where support is available from local academic staff.

Completion of our Level 5 home-based care programme may provide a pathway into our Level 7 Bachelor of Teaching (ECE) initial teacher education programme and the opportunity to further your early childhood career.

Programme delivery
Te ara tuku

Four 30-credit courses will be taught over a 1-year period through online learning. This programme can be completed part-time over a 2-year period if desired.

Full-time students will study two courses concurrently in Semester 1 with the remaining two courses studied concurrently in Semester 2. Part-time students will study
one course per semester over 2 years.

Please note:  There are no block courses for this programme, though any students studying with us will be given the option of attending block courses in their area if they choose to do so

Admission requirements
Nga hiahiatanga tono

To apply for this programme, you must:

  • be at least 17 years old (or 18 years old if you are an international student, with the minimum entry requirement being Academic IELTS Level 5.5, with no score lower than 5)
  • provide a written reference (which cannot be from a family member or friend)
  • provide evidence that you will be working with children in an early childhood service
  • pass a children’s worker safety check as required under the Children's Act 2014
  • have NCEA Level 3 (including 10 literary credits at Level 2 and 10 numeracy credits at Level 1). However, if you do not have NCEA Level 3 or its equivalent, we will still consider your application on a case-by-case basis.

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