This course is designed to give you a basic introduction to the skills and knowledge involved in the education and care of infants, toddlers and young children within the sociocultural context of Aotearoa/New Zealand.
Course content includes: purpose, philosophy, structure and relevance of the New Zealand Early Childhood Curriculum, Te Whāriki; young children’s play; communicate with young children; observation skills; resources for play; guide young children’s behaviour; safe environments for young children; personal and environmental hygiene and safety practices; basic needs of young children; attachment behaviour; settling young children; encourage good health in young children; child development and learning; develop programme plans for young children; knowledge of early childhood services; parenthood and child rearing practices; communicating effectively with diverse whānau/families; ethical behaviour; and age-related nutritional needs.
If you wish to enrol in this course, you must:
- Attend an interview to assess your ability to successfully complete the programme and work in the Early Childhood Education industry.
- Disclose any criminal convictions at the time of enrolment; approve, at the time of enrolment, the release of criminal conviction information from the New Zealand Police, to enable learners to be placed in a workplace setting to meet the requirements of the programme (enrolment is provisional until vetting applications have been received and the learner can be placed in work).
- Be prepared to complete no less than 120 hours of practicum work in an Early Childhood Education setting, to complete the programme.
- Be a New Zealand citizen or have permanent residency.