Early Childhood Education (ECE)/Teaching


The first five years of a child’s life are important years of their development. As an early childhood teacher, you will play an important role working alongside families and whānau to support the development, learning and growth of infants, toddlers and young children.

Areas of study

You will study educational theory and practice, how young children grow, learn and develop and effective techniques to apply in your teaching. You will be introduced to the curriculum for this sector and study subjects including technology, language, mathematics, social science and the arts.

You can study Early Childhood Education (ECE)/Teaching in the following programmes:

What you will learn

You will gain the skills, knowledge and professional base to be an effective teacher, how to create positive learning experiences for under-five-year-olds and what comprises quality early childhood education. You will get many opportunities through practicum in early childhood settings to apply what you are learning, to gain an understanding of what it is like to work in an early childhood environment and to develop your teaching style.

Career opportunities

Studying Early Childhood Education/Teaching enables you to become a qualified teacher and to work in kindergartens and early childhood education and care settings. You will be qualified to teach under-five-year-olds and be eligible to apply for teacher registration.
It can also open up the opportunity to work in educational roles in a variety of other settings including specialist settings, professional development consultancy and working at policy level.

More information

For more information see Early Childhood Education.