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


Criteria for Entry into Early Childhood Teacher Training and Bridging Courses

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Help to Reach the Requirements Needed For Acceptance into Training

If you left school with no or a low level of qualification and you do not meet academic or other entry criteria required for acceptance to the training programme you are keen on doing then ask if a bridging course or qualification is provided. If it is not provided by the institution you want to do your early childhood study with, then ask the institution to recommend a bridging qualification or course you could do that they would recognise.


Entry Requirements

Where a training provider states that University Entrance is the minimum requirement this is a minimum of 42 credits at Level 3 or higher on the New Zealand Qualifications Framework (NZQF).

Entry requirements can vary between training provider and selection may include factors other than academic ability. Entry requirements may also vary for different early childhood qualifications (diploma, degree, post-grad diploma). Check this out with the training providers you select and also ask about recognition of prior learning if you have completed some university studies or other relevant training in the past. 

Some training providers accept applicants over 20 years of age who have appropriate life and work experience. If you can provide evidence of being able to study at tertiary level this can help your application. Also experience in working with young children may count along with personal and professional references.

If English is not your first language you may have to sit a test to show competency in English. 


More Information

Contact individual training providers (see details of these on other pages in this section, click here).

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