About the Programme

This programme aims to provide Aotearoa New Zealand with nannies who can deliver practice-based education and care in a family home. It is also an ideal stepping stone to further study. Each week, student nannies spend four days with a training family and one day in the classroom. 



Next intakes

  • 27 Feb – 14 Jul 2017 (Manukau and Wellington)
  • 24 Jul – 8 Dec 2017 (Manukau and Wellington)



Graduates of this qualification will have the skills and knowledge to work in a family home as a professional nanny or they can go onto higher study.


  • Credits: 60
  • Duration: 20 weeks
  • Available to: Domestic students


  • Building relationships with children and families
  • Understanding child learning and development
  • Te Whāriki and its application
  • ECE regulations
  • Strategies to keep children safe and promote holistic wellbeing
  • Play, planning and assessing learning experiences
  • Being a professional nanny


  • Be a New Zealand citizen or Permanent Resident
  • Be 17 years or older
  • Have an acceptable safety check prior to the beginning of practical experience. In accordance with the Vulnerable Children’s Act, the safety check involves verification of identity, an interview, information of work history, referee information, an NZ Police vet and a risk assessment
  • Have the ability to achieve the academic requirements of the programme, for example, the New Zealand Certificate in Early Education and Care (Level 3), or NCEA (Level 2), or equivalent
  • Show passion for working with children based on personal experience
  • Non-native English speakers must have an IELTS level of 5.5 (General or Academic) with no sub-score less than 5.0, or equivalent.



Conditions apply. Please contact us for more information. 


Unit Directory

Course One 4301 Early Childhood Practice-Horopaki o ngā kōhungahunga

Module One introduces early childhood services in Aotearoa New Zealand, the history, goals, structure and philosophy of ECE services and how the ECE licensing criteria is implemented. Module Two covers early childhood environments and how to support and nurture children’s well-being. Module Three examines interpersonal communication, the principles of effective partnerships and positive, reciprocal relationships with children, parents and whanau. Bicultural practice, the importance of Māori as tangata whenua and inclusive practice in early childhood settings is the focus of Module Four.

Course Two 4302 Early Childhood Professional Practice–Te taumata ritenga mahi i ngā hōhungahunga

Module One covers young children’s learning and development and theoretical concepts of how young children learn. Module Two examines the child as learner, observation techniques and how ECE services  document young children’s learning. Te Whāriki, the principles, strands, goals and learning outcomes for young children are explored in depth in Module Three. Module Four looks at the professional and ethical behaviours that are expected of ECE teachers.

Course Three-Field-based Experience and Practicum

The nanny strand has a high component of practical work with four days in a family home each week. The centre–based strand has two days a week out in a centre for 11 weeks and then a two week Practicum block. While out on field-based experience and practicum, practical tasks, observations and reflection activities are carried out.

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