Education Support & Early Childhood (Level 3)

This 40 week programme is designed to give you the experience and knowledge to start your career in teaching or support, while being supported in a holistic, nurturing environment.  To achieve this, our class week is structured with a mixture of Inservice (theory) and Practicum (work experience) days.  This ensures you are getting hands on experience in an area you love, while backing it up with theoretical learning.

 

Qualifications

When you have completed the Education Support and Early Childhood programme (Level3) you will gain:

  • New Zealand Certificate in Education Support and Care (Level 3)
  • New Zealand Certificate in Early Childhood Education and Care (Level 3)
  • New Zealand Certificate in Study and Career Preparation (Level 3)
  • NCEA Level 3

 

Content

Throughout these 40 weeks you will complete four modules:

  • Childcare/Nanny
  • Kindergarten /Play
  • Teacher Aide
  • Inclusive Practice

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

  • Introduction to Pre-Teaching & Te Ao Maori,
  • Early Childhood & Education Support Services
  • Communication & Career Pathways
  • Teamwork & Job Search Skills

Our programme aligns with the school terms and allows four intakes per year.

 

Outcome

Graduates of this qualification will have the skills and knowledge for roles such as:

  • Education Support/Learning Support/Teacher Aide
  • Early Childhood Educator
  • Nanny
  • ICT assistant, Library assistant, Administrator in schools and Early childhood settings
  • Community support worker in the community disability sector

Graduates will also be able to choose to continue their education working towards:

  • New Zealand Certificate in Early Childhood Education and Care (Level 4)
  • New Zealand Certificate in Education Support (Level 4)
  • New Zealand Diploma in Early Childhood Education and Care
  • Proceed to commence a Level 7 initial Teacher Education Qualification

Interested in finding out more?

To get a full overview of our programme come along to one of our Information Sessions. We’ll run through everything you need to know about what our programme involves and we can answer any questions you may have. Please contact us if you’re interested in coming along to one of our Information Sessions or for now you can explore the downloadable PDFs below.

Childcare & Nanny

Learn how to support, grow and nurture young children’s development and education.

In this module you will gain real-life experience and skills to be an effective Early Childhood Educator and Education Support / Teacher Aide within an early childhood setting. We offer our trainees real-world work experience to help them gain the high-level of skills and knowledge required to be an effective teacher support or nanny.

Kindergarten & Play

Gain work experience and skills that encourages learning within a Kindergarten environment.

In this module we provide our trainees with work experience and the skills required to be an Early Childhood Educator and Education Support / Teacher Aide within a Kindergarten environment. Along the way we give our trainees the knowledge and support to apply ethical, legal, inclusive and professional responsibilities when setting up play activities that encourage the Kindergarten children’s learning and development.

Teacher Aide

Learn to become an experienced and skilled Education Support / Teacher Aide within a School environment.

In this module you will gain the skills and work experience to be an effective Education Support / Teacher Aide within a School. Trainees will be able to apply ethical, legal, inclusive and professional responsibilities to their placement. You will also learn how to establish relationships and implement programmes assisting groups and individuals within the classroom.

Inclusive Practice

Begin your path to becoming an effective Education Support / Teacher Aide within Schools or throughout the community, learning to support people with physical and intellectual impairments.

In this module our trainees will gain and apply knowledge of appropriate inclusive, professional behaviour and health and safety practices while learning about and supporting people with physical and intellectual impairments.

“The ladies in Educare and my friends have taught me to aim higher in life. Without the help of the team at Taranaki Educare Training Trust I wouldn’t be where I am today. I am studying towards my Bachelors Degree in Teaching through Te Tari Puna O Aotearoa, The New Zealand Early Childhood Association.”

Matt Fai, 2009