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Early Childhood Education

Are you interested in working with infants toddlers or young children?

This one year course not only allows an opportunity to get ahead without the costs but incorporates gaining University Entrance and a National Certificate. This course is unique in this aspect.

Part-time courses are also offered for students with children, work or other commitments.

Experience a supervised practicum one day a week at two selected early childhood centres putting theory into practice. Hagley offers a very low cost opportunity to gain these qualifications where we believe the cost should not become a barrier to your education.

Students wishing to gain UE must take an additional approved subject.

Course Content

  • Examine and work with the NZ Early Childhood Curriculum Te Whaariki 
  • Build on professional practice, effective communication, working in      partnerships using bicultural framework for childhood learning in Aotearoa New Zealand
  • Examine the value of play for children in learning
  • Explore early childhood learning and development progression 
  • Demonstrate basic Te Reo Māori and tikanga Māori specific to the early childhood environment
  • Provide nutritious food for children and consider health, safety, wellbeing and ethical responsibilities in the early childhood environment

And so much more!

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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.