Early Childhood Education and Care

This one-year course will prepare you for an entry level role as a nanny, home based educator, early childhood centre educator or a kaiwhina in a Māori immersion setting if you speak Māori. It can also prepare you for higher level study leading to an ECE teaching qualification. Students wishing to gain UE must take an additional approved subject.

Hours Per



Level 3 New Zealand Certificate in ECE and the opportunity to gain UE (14+ credits in each of Home Economics, History and one selected subject) Pending NZQA approval




Minimum age 17 at course commencement. Written application with two references as well as latest school report. Students should have, or currently be working towards, UE literacy (writing) and 10 numeracy credits. IELTS 5.5 is required for English Language Learning students. Adults without literacy qualifications require an entrance test. An interview will be held prior to acceptance to assess your suitability for working with children in the community and to ensure that Hagley College meets the legislative requirements of the Vulnerable Children’s Act 2014. If your application is successful, you will be required to complete a New Zealand Police Consent to Disclosure of Information form. The form will be sent to the Police Licensing and Vetting Service, and returned in confidence to Hagley College.

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