NCEA Level 2 Early Childhood Studies

Course Description

Teacher in Charge: Mrs D. Jarrett

Why Study Early Childhood Studies?

The latest neuroscience is highlighting the significance of the early years in a child's life. Early Childhood Studies is a course that delivers relevant skills and information about ways to effectively nurture and promote the development of our preschool children. 

There are many 'hands-on' opportunities including visits to Early Childhood Centres, and visits to the school by preschoolers and their parents as part of the course. 

Topics covered include:

  • Patterns of learning
  • Preschool care and education
  • Child care, health and safety
  • The value of play in early childhood
  • Family food
  • Pregnancy and growth/development before birth

The Early Childhood Studies course will be of interest to students who enjoy being with preschool children and who are considering the possibility of a career in any of the following fields, as well as providing invaluable life skills:

  • Nanny/Au pair
  • Preschool or Primary school education
  • Midwifery or Nursing
  • Social work

Learning Areas:



NCEA Level 3 Early Childhood Studies

New Zealand Tertiary College
University of Canterbury
Early Childhood Education, Nannying, Midwifery
Primary School Education

Career Pathways

Early Childhood Teacher, Primary School Teacher, Nanny/Child Carer

Contributions and Equipment/Stationery

Students are asked to contribute $15 towards this course towards various materials for children's play experience and some ingredients supplied by the school for practical lessons in particular. There are also basic stationery requirements, and students may need to contribute some perishable ingredients for food practical lessons.

Assessment Information Three out of the four assessments are Unit Standards, one is an Achievement Standard. All are written based assessment tasks.
Pathway Tags

Early years teacher, Family support worker, Learning mentor, Primary teacher, Secondary teacher, Special educational needs teacher, Social worker, Teaching assistant, Youth worker, Child psychotherapist, Children's nurse, Community development worker, Counsellor, Educational psychologist, Speech and language therapist

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