Otumoetai College Otumoetai College

L3 Early Childhood Studies

Subject Description

Teacher in Charge: Mrs S. Shefferd.

Required Prior Learning

Entry is subject to the HOD and TIC of Early Childhood Studies and dependent upon proven performance in NCEA L2.  The expectation is that students would have gained 10 credits in a written-based subject.

Early Childhood Studies


This subject will focus on the education and care of infants, toddlers, and young children/mokopuna in an entry-level role in a range of Early Childhood contexts. Students will learn how to enhance the physical, social, cultural and educational development of children/mokopuna, through the principles of the National Early Childhood curriculum, Te Whāriki, and understand how to incorporate these into teaching and learning.  This course is a good mix of theory and practical; with students learning how to care for young children/mokopuna, understanding their Health and Wellbeing needs, understanding age-related nutrition needs,creating and implementing Play resources and working collaboratively with each other.

This course is a Unit Standard based course that would be ideal for students who are planning a career working with children or want an understanding of children’s behaviour. It will enable students to contribute to an environment that provides for the holistic well-being and care of infants, toddlers, and young children/mokopuna.

As part of the course, students are expected to complete a  placement at an early childhood centre supervised by a registered teacher; all placements will be coordinated and organised by the Careers and Pathways Department.  All students will be subject to the Vulnerable Children's Act legislation and will need to pass a Police Vet Check in order to complete their placement.  Additionally, students will be offered the opportunity to take a First Aid course.

Learning Areas:

Careers / Pathways - Early Childhood Studies, Employment Skills & Gateway

Assessment Procedures
Assessment Information

Unit Standards

Career Pathways

Flight Attendant, Youth Worker, Social Worker, Counsellor, Pharmacy Technician, Community Development Worker, Oral Health Therapist, Early Childhood Teacher, Nanny/Child Carer, Registered Nurse, Paramedic, Midwife, Community Karitāne, Health Care Assistant, Support Worker