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


NCEA Level 3 Early Childhood Studies

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

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 stationary requirements, and students may need to contribute some perishable ingredients for food practical lessons.

Credit Information

This course is eligible for subject endorsement.

Internal or
L1 Literacy Credits UE Literacy Credits Numeracy Credits
U.S. 29853 v1 Demonstrate knowledge of health issues and services available to protect and enhance the wellbeing of young children
U.S. 29857 v1 Describe patterns of development and learning for young children
U.S. 29858 v1 Provide and reflect on the value of play experiences for a child's development and learning
A.S. 91303 v2 Home Economics 2.5 - Analyse practices to enhance well-being used in care provision in the community
Total Credits

Total Credits Available: 18 credits.
Internally Assessed Credits: 18 credits.

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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