ChildForum Office of Pre-Primary Education

ChildForum Office of Pre-Primary EducationLead advisor on early childhood care and education 
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Publisher of the New Zealand-International Research in Early Childhood Journal

 

What is a "Recognised' ECE Qualification and Study Option Choices

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The qualifications for New Zealand qualified early childhood teachers are:

  • a Bachelor of Teaching (Early Childhood Education) or,
  • a Diploma of Teaching (Early Childhood Education).  

An equivalent Level 7 qualification approved by the New Zealand Teachers Council may also be accepted (see information also on our ChildForum website about recognition of overseas and primary school teacher qualifications).

 

Study options include:

  • Full-time enrolment
  • Part-time enrolment
  • On-campus study (going to classes)
  • Distance study (similar to correspondence study)
  • Field-based (where you work in an ECE service as a volunteer or as a paid staff member and study at the same time going into class one or two days a week)

 

There are many different training providers, offering different study options and combinations of study options.  It may that a training provider in your own town or nearby suits you best for convenience but consider also:

  • How many years it will take to complete the training programme, any differences between programme providers in fees, and if the type of training suits the way you like to learn and your personal obligations (e.g. if you have young children or dependants).
  • The reputation of the training provider (ask other people what they think of it).  Go to ChildForum’s Facebook page and ask other students and teachers  http://www.facebook.com/childforum
  • Its specialities, e.g.  is it research-based, is it more practical focused, does it have a strong cultural focus, does it have more course content on the younger years under 2 years or older years,  is it more suited to teaching under a certain philosophy (e.g. Montessori?).

 

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