NCEA Level 3 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. 

This course follows on from Level 2 Early Childhood Studies, and focuses on Early Childhood Education standards. It will be of particular interest to those students who are considering a career in Early Childhood Education, Nanny work or Primary School Teaching.

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

Topics covered include:

  • The importance of the first 1000 days
  • Developmental stages and milestones
  • The value of play
  • Te Whāriki: The Early Childhood Curriculum
  • Child protection and safety issues
  • Current early childhood issues

Whilst this is a non-UE approved subject, it offers invaluable background learning for those interested in the aforementioned careers as well as relevant life skills.

Contributions and Equipment/Stationery

Students are asked to contribute $15 towards this course - this goes towards materials provided for making resources for children's play as well as some food resources for some aspects of the course. There are also basic stationery requirements.

Credit Information
Internal or
L1 Literacy Credits UE Literacy Credits Numeracy Credits
U.S. 10013 v6 Explain the relevance of the New Zealand Early Childhood Curriculum Te Whariki as a framework for programme development
U.S. 10026 v6 Demonstrate knowledge of children's development and learning and their relevance to an ECE service
U.S. 26707 v4 Describe the value of play and create resources for children's development and learning in an ECE service
U.S. 29865 v1 Describe and reflect on practices to protect and promote the health and holistic wellbeing of children in an ECE service
U.S. 29871 v1 Describe and compare a range of ECE services and philosophies in Aotearoa New Zealand
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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