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
  • Various ECE philosophies in Aotearoa 
  • 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.

Learning Areas:


Career Pathways

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

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.

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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