The Office of Pre-Primary Education

Representing the sector and service providers
Service management and teacher support (ChildForum)
Research publisher (NZ-International RECE Journal)
Parent and whānau information service (My ECE)
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University of Waikato Faculty of Education


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Private Bag 3105, Waikato Mail Centre, Hamilton 3240
Freephone: 0800 832 242


Bachelor of Teaching (Early Childhood) and (Early Childhood Ki Taiao)

  • Bachelor of Teaching (Early Childhood) is provided in Hamilton and Tauranga
  • The Bachelor of Teaching (Early Childhood Ki Taiao) programme is delivered through the internet, block periods on-campus in Hamilton, and practical experiences in early childhood services.
  • 3 years full-time
  • Study year February – November


Graduate Diploma of Teaching (Early Childhood)

  • 1 year full-time
  • Study year January - December
  • Distance learning with attendance at some on-campus workshops required

This is an intensive one-year qualification available to applicants with an appropriate degree or equivalent qualification. It is made up of 12 compulsory papers.

Three kaupapa Māori papers may be taken as alternatives to three mainstream papers. The programme of study prepares students to teach all aspects of the early childhood curriculum, Te Whāriki.

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Centres, home-based, hospital-based, playgroups ... established or newly licensed.

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in ECE Journal Subscriber

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Universities, Polytechnics and organisations wishing to have online access to the NZ-Int Research in ECE journal (includes all past and current issues) 

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