Early Childhood


Our courses can help you prepare for an Early Childhood Education career and will provide you with a broader insight into child development and education.

What’s more, completing these qualifications may help you to move from voluntary to paid employment in the field, and provide you with opportunities to pathway into higher level Early Childhood Education qualifications.

It’s your chance to help develop the future of our culture & heritage.


A qualification in the New Zealand Certificate in Early Childhood Education and Care (Level 3) will provide you with a basic introduction to the skills and knowledge involved in the education and care of infants, toddlers and young children. This programme will help you to achieve the minimum requirement for an Early Childhood Educarers and set you on the pathway to further education such as the New Zealand Certificate in Early Childhood Education and Care (Level 4) or higher.

From 1 January 2021, home-based services must have at least 30% qualified educators to receive the quality funding rate, and this will increase over time until it reaches 80% qualified on 1 January 2024.
The minimum requirements for the standard funding rate will change as well. From 1 January 2022, 10% of educators in a standard funded home-based service must have completed the Level 4 ECE qualification.” NZ Minister of Education, Hon Chris Hipkins 1 July 2020.

Train while you work within an Early Childhood Education Centre to become:

  • A home-based educarer
  • An Early Childhood Educator in a teacher-led service
  • A nanny in NZ or overseas.

Community groups that seek the services of Early Childhood Educators:

  • Family/whanau groups
  • Church groups
  • Community centres
  • Health providers.


Students on this programme enjoy sharing stories about how children learn. Many of the students have children of their own and have learned new techniques and ideas that help them parent.


These courses are full time and are a combination of theory and hands-on learning along with workplace practicum. You’ll benefit from small class sizes, collaborative learning environments, one-on-one tuition and strong industry networks. Pathway and career planning are provided for all students.


To apply for these courses you must attend an interview to assess your suitability for the programme and undergo a criminal conviction check as part of the enrolment process. Workplace practicum must be completed to gain the qualification. You must have access to a computer and the internet to complete your study. Ready to apply?

“Studying with Workforce Development is one of the best decisions I have ever made.”

Kate is working towards her Certificate in Early Childhood Education and is loving her time at Workforce. It was after meeting her tutor at the start of the course that she knew she had made the right choice. She finds the staff to be friendly, welcoming and always available to help when she needs it. Kate is confident that she’s made a great decision to go into Early Childhood and can’t wait to move to the next stage in her education and new career.


ECE Translation resources in a number of languages have been developed by Workforce Development Limited on behalf of the Tertiary Education Commission (TEC) and will be available upon request. The languages are: Chinese Mandarin, Korean, Tongan, Samoan, Cook Island Maori and Hindi.
Please contact Workforce Development Ltd for more information.