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NZ Diploma in Early Childhood Education and Care (Level 5)

Study Options

Online, Full-time


1 year


Level 5

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Make a difference to the lives of tamariki

Thinking about being an early childhood educator?

This one year programme prepares you for a career in the early childhood sector. You could become a non-registered educator in an early childhood centre or home-based delivery, or go on to complete a degree and become a registered teacher.



The NZ Diploma in Early Childhood Education and Care (NZDipECE&C) is a one year programme that will give you the opportunity to gain a qualification that will support the practice-based education and care of infants, toddlers, and young children in a range of early childhood contexts.

This is a field-based programme which provides a balance between theory, research and practice. You will attend campus two days a week and undertake a minimum of 12 hours per week in a licensed early childhood education service.

The level 5 NZ Diploma in Early Childhood Education and Care is equivalent to the first-year courses in the Bachelor of Teaching (Early Childhood Education).

Subject areas include:

  • Child development
  • How children learn
  • Supporting children’s learning
  • Reflecting on your practice
  • Communication
  • Te Reo Māori
  • Artistic languages of children

You are welcome to make an appointment to discuss your study options with our staff and to view our facilities.

Your future career and study opportunities

Graduates of this programme will either be able to work as unregistered teachers in a range of early childhood education contexts or continue on to further study in the Bachelor of Teaching (Early Childhood Education) to graduate as registered early childhood educators.


There is one entry date per year:

  • February


Entry requirements

Entry with credit

International entry requirements

Academic learning services

Academic Learning Services is here to assist you on your journey towards the successful completion of your studies at EIT | Te Pūkenga. Our aim is for you to become confident, competent and independent learners.

We have dedicated advisors who can assist with your learning.

Find out more:

Hawke’s Bay Campus
Tairāwhiti Campus


EIT | Te Pūkenga offers a variety of scholarships across various subjects and programme levels.  Some scholarships are based on your age, some are specific to the subject you want to study.  Not all scholarships are based on your academic ability and anyone wanting to study should investigate what scholarships are available to them.  

You can find a list of EIT | Te Pūkenga scholarships here however there are many more scholarships offered nationally.  Information about these is on an database called “givME”. givME is accessible at EIT | Te Pūkenga or at some public libraries. If you would like to come to EIT | Te Pūkenga to look through the giveME database don’t hesitate to contact scholarships@eit.ac.nz or call in for a chat.