Bachelor of Early Childhood Studies

Develop specialist knowledge of the vital early years of children’s lives, from birth to eight years old.

Quick facts  
Duration Full time: 3 years
Part time: Varies
Points 360
Locations Epsom Campus, City Campus
Programme type Undergraduate

Programme overview

We offer a range of courses covering curriculum studies, te ao Māori and diversity, education and society, human development, and educational psychology. Through these you will develop expert understanding of the complex and vital early years of children’s lives.

There will be practical placements in educational and early childhood settings throughout the programme. These will allow you to explore areas of interest and prepare you for careers in early childhood-based services. You will build a solid foundation for work in educational settings and in policy and leadership roles in New Zealand and overseas.

If you decide to pursue a teaching career in New Zealand, you can gain registration by adding a one-year Graduate Diploma in Teaching (Early Childhood Education) or Graduate Diploma in Teaching (Primary).

This programme is in the process of final regulatory approval and is therefore subject to change.


The Bachelor of Early Childhood Studies programme will be offered for the first time in Semester One 2022, subject to standard regulatory approval.

For more information about the programme, please get in touch.