Early Childhood Education (Level 4)

This 20-week full time programme is designed to give you in-depth knowledge and skills to work in an early childhood context.

Level 4 is available online for those in an ECE setting and wanting to upskill.


When you have completed the Early Childhood Education (Level 4) programme you will gain:

  • NZ Certificate in Early Childhood Education (Level 4)

Qualification code: NZ2850



Throughout these 20 weeks you will complete two modules:

  • Early Childhood (EC401): Learning Experiences
  • Early Childhood (EC402): Theory and Practice

Along with these core modules you will complete the following courses:

  • Bi-cultural Communication within ECE services
  • Early Childhood Services & Philosophies



Two days a week you will train at Educare Training and three days a week in your practicums under the supervision of a qualified supervisor.

Available online, working in your current ECE setting the qualification will be achieved through your current place of work.


Entry requirement

Learners enrolling are expected to show potential to study at Level 4 with adequate literacy and numeracy skills. Trainees will be required to undergo TETT interview process and literacy procedures to ensure they are able to succeed in passing these qualifications. TETT will also contact references to support the application and complete police vetting and adhere to Safety Checking under the Vulnerable Children’s Act 2014. Computer and internet access is necessary. Trainees must be over 17 years old.



Graduates of the programme may undertake further study towards the New Zealand Diploma in Early Childhood Education and Care (Level 5), or proceed to a Level 7 initial teacher education (ECE) qualification under specified criteria.

Graduates with the expected Level 3 proficiency in te reo Maori may go on to Te Tipuranga o Te Mokopuna (Kaupae 5).

Graduates will have the skills and knowledge to work in a range of ECE settings as ECE educators, Kaimahi, ECE support workers, session leaders or organisers in a specific ECE context.


Total Credits: 60

Total Learning Hours: 600

Module overview

Early Childhood (EC401): Theory and Practice module offers you the work experience and skills required to be an effective Early Childhood Educator within an early childhood environment. Learn about key early childhood social-cultural theories of learning and human development and about child protection in an ECE setting.


Early Childhood (EC402): Early Childhood Services & Philosophies module offers you the work experience skills required to be an effective Early Childhood Educator within an early childhood environment. You will demonstrate knowledge of learning experiences, health and wellbeing, strategies for guiding behaviour and personal and professional goals.


Bi-cultural Communication within ECE services (IN401): This module offers culturally responsive strategies to build relationships and communication in an ECE setting. You will identify and describe the relevance of te Tiriti o Waitangi and demonstrate team work.


Early Childhood Services & Philosophies (IN402): This module covers legislation and regulatory requirements, how to communicate effectively and engage in respectful, reciprocal and responsive relationships and understand the diverse philosophic and cultural contexts and approaches informing early childhood education. This will help you to develop your own philosophy.