Graduate Certificate Infant and Toddler Wellbeing and Learning

Te Puawaitanga o te Rito

Specialise in teaching children aged 0–3 years with this one-year, part-time qualification, which can be completed while you work.


This Level 7 programme is suitable for professionals with a particular interest in infant and toddler wellbeing and learning, including ECE teachers, play specialists and Plunket nurses. Note that the qualification does not lead to teacher registration.

The programme emphasises the importance of whanaungatanga (relationships) in supporting positive outcomes for infants, toddlers and their whanau.

Contemporary theory and research from the education and health fields are used to support a holistic view of wellbeing and learning. The inclusion of relevant social services and agencies also provides opportunities to develop interdisciplinary relationships.


Programme delivery
Te ara tuku

The programme comprises three 20-credit papers, each 14 weeks long, completed sequentially over one year. There is no work-based component.

Study requirements include:

  • 14–15 hours a week of directed and independent study, including online engagement
  • two two-day block courses, usually held in Wellington
  • access to infants and toddlers in a group setting (including home-based) in order to complete the assessment requirements of this programme.


2019 Semester 1 Key Dates

Start date: 21 January
Block course 1: 24, 25 January
End date: 29 April

2019 Semester 2 Key Dates

Start date: 13 May
End date:
18 August

2019 Semester 3 Key Dates

Start date: 2 September
End date:
8 December


Nga pepa

Theory, Research and Context: Infants and Toddlers
Te Kete Tuatahi
Building Relationships; Creating Partnerships
Te Kete Tuarua
Curriculum and Infant/Toddler Environments
Te Kete Tuatoru


Admission requirements
Nga hiahiatanga tono

To be eligible to apply for this programme, you must:

  • hold a relevant NZQA-equivalent Level 7 degree or diploma
  • provide evidence of English language proficiency if you are not a registered teacher and English is an additional language.