Tawa College Tawa College

NCEA Level 3 Early Childhood Education 301

Course Description

Teacher in Charge: Ms K. Eastham.

Recommended Prior Learning

Due to the work placement requirement, acceptance into this course is subject to HOD approval. 

Min 30 credits from NCEA L2 including 8 credits from English or an English rich subject.

Early Childhood Education in Year 12 would be beneficial. Students taking this course must have a genuine interest in childcare and early development.

Early Childhood Education

The course includes a 10 day work experience placement at a local Early Childhood Centre. This is required to complete the practical elements of the assessments. Students must undergo a police check before being placed in a childcare center. 

Students taking this course need to have a genuine interest in Early Childhood Education with the possibility of pursuing it as a career. It could also be of interest to students interested in other care based careers such as teaching, nursing, nanny work, and care giving.

Work experience placements are offered on the basis of completed school work, reliability and trustworthiness. Students are expected to find their own way to the center in which they are placed.

This materials for this course are provided by Plunket. 

Course Overview

Term 1
Intro to ECE as a Career, Philosophies and Early Childhood services, Te Whaariki the ECE curriculum document.
We will explore the pathways to a career in ECE and complete the two units while connecting with each other as a group.

Term 2
Practical work: Exploring Health and Safety in an ECE Centre, Developing Relationships with young children
Hauora - also exploring ways of managing one's own wellbeing whilst caring for others.

Term 3
Educational practices

Learning Areas:

Transition and Careers