Start a ca­reer in early childhood ed­u­ca­tion at NZCC

Central Leader - - EDUCATION& TRAINING -

The New Zealand Ca­reer Col­lege (NZCC) is best known for its level 5 diploma in Early Childhood Ed­u­ca­tion.

From the new aca­demic year start­ing in Fe­bru­ary they are in­creas­ing the num­ber of op­tions in terms of vo­ca­tional path­ways. Two new cour­ses are be­ing of­fered: Cer­tifi­cate in Early Childhood Ed­u­ca­tion - Level 3, 21 weeks. Un­der the ex­tended Youth Guar­an­tee scheme, this course is free for 16 to 19 year olds, es­pe­cially school leavers, plus a travel al­lowance is avail­able too. Stu­dents can also gain an NCEA - Level 2 qual­i­fi­ca­tion.

Cer­tifi­cate in Early Childhood Prac­tice – Level 4, 20 weeks. The pro­gramme is de­signed for those who are in­volved in the care and ed­u­ca­tion of chil­dren in a va­ri­ety of early childhood ed­u­ca­tion set­tings, in­clud­ing home-based (nan­nies) ed­u­ca­tion and care cen­tres and play­groups.

The early childhood ed­u­ca­tion sec­tor of­fers in­ter­est­ing and re­ward­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties.

‘‘This is among the fastest grow­ing sec­tors in the coun­try, and grad­u­ates from New Zealand are highly val­ued over­seas as well,’’ Monique, Le Mar­que,

ca­reer Cam­pus Man­ager, NZCC Manukau, says.

It is a mea­sure of how much they are sought af­ter that NZCC grad­u­ates are work­ing as ed­u­ca­tors and su­per­vi­sors in a num­ber of early childhood cen­tres across the coun­try as well as in Aus­tralia.

Ac­cord­ing to lec­turer Po­mate Wester­lund, the main rea­son stu­dents do well at NZCC is due to the ex­cel­lent in­di­vid­u­alised aca­demic sup­port avail­able to them from their lec­tur­ers and tu­tors who have both aca­demic and in­dus­try based ex­pe­ri­ence.

The cam­pus of­fers a re­laxed en­vi­ron­ment where stu­dents can find a friend, guide or men­tor in their tu­tor or lec­turer.

Po­mate points out that where NZCC dif­fers is it has an open door pol­icy where for­mer stu­dents are men­tored and mon­i­tored.

‘‘The con­nec­tion

is never lost,’’ she says.

NZCC is ac­cept­ing in­takes for cour­ses start­ing in Fe­bru­ary.

Talk to a friendly stu­dent ad­vi­sor on 0800 88 6922 or visit www.nzcc.ac.nz for more in­for­ma­tion.

Op­por­tu­nity: The early childhood ed­u­ca­tion sec­tor of­fers in­ter­est­ing and re­ward­ing ca­reer op­por­tu­ni­ties.

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