NZ Certificate in Early Childhood Education and Care (level 4)
Eligibility to enrol
A ‘domestic student’ is a citizen of New Zealand (including students from the Cook Islands, Tokelau, or Niue) or a person who holds a New Zealand resident class visa or a citizen of Australia or holder of a resident visa for Australia who is residing in NZ. The evidence required for a citizen is one of the following: A Birth certificate with place of birth stated as New Zealand, Cook Islands, Tokelau, Niue or Australia or a NZ or Australian Passport. The evidence for a resident class visa is the NZ residency stamp in the Overseas Passport or a letter from Immigration New Zealand stating the person has a resident class visa. Special provisions apply to certain overseas military personnel, diplomatic staff and their families or persons associated with Operation Deep Freeze and for refugees. Playcentre Education cannot enrol non-domestic (International) students. This also applies to non residents in NZ on a work or visitor visa.
A safety check is required by the Children’s Act 2014 (formerly the Vulnerable Children’s Act 2014) for students in an Early Childhood educational or vocational training programme involving practical experience in a licensed Early Childhood service (Playcentre). It will be carried out confidentially so that it is processed while you attend the Playcentre Introductory Award workshops and completed before you finish the Playcentre Educator Award. This check requires confirmation of your identity. Two forms of ID must be sighted, one primary and one secondary, one of which must be photographic. Verified copies of these identity documents must accompany the forms.
– Primary ID documents are a Passport, full Birth Certificate or Citizenship Certificate.
– Secondary ID documents are a NZ Drivers licence or an 18+ card or a Community Services Card.
– If the documents are in different names you will need a change of name document – a marriage or civil union certificate – this is also helpful if your National Student Number (NSN) is in a previous name.
Practical experience will take place in the Playcentre where you are enrolled with your child/children. You will have completed the Playcentre induction process before enrolment in the adult education programme.
Those with a Playcentre Course 4, 5 or 6 from the Playcentre Diploma in Early Childhood and Adult Education programme or a level 5, 6 or 7 Early Childhood qualification from another Tertiary Provider are not eligible to enter the level 4 programme. If you have a level 4 qualification in Early Childhood or a related field (eg. a Nanny certificate) you should seek advice from the Regional Education Co-ordinator on whether you can enter this programme.
All students should read the Student Handbook
An enrolment pack will be given to you at your first workshop. It will contain:
1. An Application for Enrolment Form
2. “Safety Checking form for Intending Students” and
3. A “New Zealand Police vetting service Consent form”.
Additional information on the Forms and enrolment can be found in the document Guide to Enrolment Form
Please bring these to your workshop along with a photocopy. Your facilitator can verify the copies (sight the original and sign the photocopy) to accompany your forms for processing. Alternatively, your Centre administrator, Centre Support Worker or an NZPF Staff member can verify the copies of your documents.
Further Information About Safety Checking And Police Vetting
An intending student will be police vetted under the mandatory requirements of the Children’s Act 2014 (formerly the Vulnerable Children’s Act 2014) as a student on practicum and as a core worker in an Early Childhood centre. NZPF is the agency who makes the application to the NZ Police vetting Service. A designated person at regional level will process the police vet application and the Safety Check. Your information will be treated confidentially as required by the Privacy Act.
There is a schedule of very serious offences which would exclude someone from working with children. You will find these listed in The Children’s Act 2014 (formerly the Vulnerable Children’s Act 2014) which can be read at http://www.legislation.govt.nz.
Playcentre Education courses are No Fees –Students do not need to check their eligibility for fees free before they enrol as no fees are charged to any individual students to do Playcentre Education programmes.
Most of our parents in Playcentre are not first year students (as defined in the fees free criteria with their last year of secondary education being in 2017, 2018, 2019 or 2020). Most are adult students who have done some other study or courses before coming to Playcentre so that most have already used their fees free entitlement.
However, as the enrolment form suggests if you think you have fees free entitlement and are concerned about how enrolling in the Playcentre Education programme (leading to the NZ Certificate in Early Childhood Education and Care level 4) might affect you it would be wise to check with national Education staff (Education contacts are on the Playcentre website) for yourself as to how fees free applies specially to you so you make decisions based on good information.
Here are some things to note
While a few students will consume some fees free credits doing some or all of the Playcentre Education programme that they receive at no cost the vast majority of parents who are not fees free eligible (numbering in the thousands) also receive the courses at no cost even though they are not fees free eligible. This supports not only their Playcentre journey but their own parenting and for newly resident immigrants provides help with parenting and settling into a new culture in supportive environment.
Fees free consumption is reported to TEC monthly – In 2020 of 2300 students who studied with Playcentre education only 1 consumed fees free eligibility credits (and only 10 credits).
When you enrol in the Playcentre Education Programme and submit a written assessment in a module your enrolment is confirmed and is subsidised by the government through Tertiary Education Commission (TEC) funding. The amount of funding is related to the credit value of the course or module. The TEC records the credit value of any courses that you have enrolled in with any government funded tertiary provider regardless of whether or not you paid fees to study. The information is linked to your National Student Number. The credit value of Playcentre courses that have been funded by the TEC will consume fees free entitlement. These credits will count towards the 120 credit limit for those who were first year tertiary students in 2018 or 2019 or 2020 or 2021 and to the 60 credit limit for students who have studied prior to 2018 – This includes individuals who were not first year tertiary students in 2018 or 2019 or 2020 or 2021. Note: Unconsumed entitlement is carried forward and can be used in future years.
An Example: The Playcentre Introductory Award is made up of two 5 credit modules. Therefore, once you have submitted an assessment in B401 Playcentre Education will have been funded for that module and regardless of whether you complete the module after that point a consumption of 5 credits fees free entitlement will have occurred. Doing the PIA will consume 10 credits of your 120 credit (first year students) or 10 credits of your 60 credit (adult students) fees free entitlement. The whole NZ Certificate in ECE and Care L4 is 60 credits.
The Tertiary Education Funding Manager or your Regional Education Co-ordinator or Education Administrator.
This depends on:
Learners check their eligibility at feesfree.govt.nz before enrolling using their National Student Number (NSN). The eligibility tool will tell indicate you are eligible for fees-free study, not eligible for fees-free study or of unknown eligibility.
Some learners will need to complete a statutory declaration before TEC will recognise them as being eligible for fees-free study. If your eligibility check returns an ‘unknown/maybe’ status and you have done Playcentre Education courses we can advise you on credits consumed in those courses if applying for fees free for a course with another tertiary Provider.
Bringing in fees-free tertiary education for 2018 was a major shift in New Zealand tertiary education policy. There were no changes in the policy in 2019 and 2020.
Playcentre cannot predict how future fees free policy might change.