Diploma in Early Childhood Education (Aperfield Montessori)
Te Tohu Pōkairua Mātauranga Kōhungahunga (Aperfield Montessori)

This programme is taught online. Any block courses for this programme will not be taking place face-to-face and alternative options will be made available when appropriate during any COVID-19 pandemic lock-down periods.

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Please click on the link above and give us your contact details if you are interested in study beginning in February 2021 for this programme.

Learn to reveal the unique potential in every child.

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 for a wide range of students including qualified early childhood and primary teachers, unqualified teachers, parents, carers, psychologists and other interested professionals wanting to train in the Montessori Method.

The Aperfield Montessori Method

This method of education is a holistic approach based on a lifetime of observation and study by Dr Maria Montessori.

Te Rito Maioha worked closely with the Aperfield Montessori Trust to develop this programme. The Montessori courses are taught by trained and experienced Montessori experts.

Aperfield Montessori Trust Scholarship

The Aperfield Montessori Trust is offering scholarships to assist students studying the New Zealand Diploma in Early Childhood Education and Care (Aperfield Montessori) with their fees.  

If you are awarded a scholarship, and after you complete the qualification, the Trust will reimburse you directly for an amount up to $3,000.00 of the fees paid to Te Rito Maioha.

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Programme delivery
Te ara tuku

Four 30-credit courses are taught over a 1-year period through a combination of online and face-to-face learning. There is also the option to study the programme part-time over 2 years.

Two of the courses will be taught concurrently in Semester 1 with the remaining two taught concurrently in Semester 2.

In Semester 2 you will be required to work (either paid or unpaid) at an ECE service for a minimum of 12 hours a week under the supervision of a registered teacher with a full practising certificate. In order to complete the assignments in Semester 1, you will need to have access to children aged 2–5 years.

If you are a degree-qualified ECE teacher, you may be eligible for credit for prior learning, which would reduce the programme to 6 months.

If you are not degree-qualified and complete this Level 5 programme, you will be provided with a credit for prior learning for two courses in our Bachelor of Teaching (ECE).

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0800 244 532


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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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