Diploma in Early Childhood Education (Aperfield Montessori)
Te Tohu Pokairua Matauranga Kohungahunga (Aperfield Montessori)

The 2019 mid-year intake will not be taking on new students for this programme. To register your interest in studying this programme in 2020, please click the button below and we will get in contact with you when applications open for 2020 on 1 August 2019.

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Learn to reveal the unique potential in every child.

Students completing this programme will gain the qualification of New Zealand Diploma in Early Childhood Education and Care (Level 5) – Te Tohu Pokairua Matauranga Kohungahunga Manaaki (Level 5).

This programme has been designed for a wide range of students including qualified early childhood and primary teachers, unqualified teachers, parents, carers, psychologists and other interested professionals wanting to train in the Aperfield Montessori Method.

Students who graduate with the New Zealand Diploma in Early Childhood Education and Care (Level 5) may be able to progress to a Level 7 ECE initial teacher education programme if they meet the entry criteria.

If you are a degree-qualified ECE teacher, you may be eligible for credit of prior learning, which would reduce the programme to six months.

If you are not degree qualified and complete this Level 5 programme, you will be provided with a credit of prior learning for two papers in our Bachelor of Teaching (ECE), which would reduce your degree by six months.

The Aperfield Montessori Method

This method of education is a holistic approach based on a lifetime of observation and study by Dr Maria Montessori.

The basic tenet is that a child learns best through practical life  activities, with the guidance and encouragement of qualified, caring teachers.

The Aperfield Montessori Trust has provided expert advice to Te Rito Maioha on Aperfield Montessori practices.

Aperfield Montessori Trust Scholarship

The Aperfield Montessori Trust is offering scholarships to assist students studying the New Zealand Diploma in Early Childhood Education and Care (Aperfield Montessori) with their fees.  

If you are awarded a scholarship, and after you complete the qualification, the Trust will reimburse you directly for an amount up to $3,000.00 of the fees paid to Te Rito Maioha.

For more information click here.

Programme delivery
Te ara tuku

Four 30-credit papers will be taught over a one-year period through a blend of online and face-to-face learning.

Two of the papers will be taught concurrently in Semester 1 with the remaining two taught concurrently in Semester 2.

You will be required to work (either employed or voluntarily) at an ECE centre for a minimum of 12 hours a week under the supervision of a registered teacher with a full practising certificate.

Contact us 

0800 244 532


Admission requirements
Nga hiahiatanga tono

To apply for this programme, you must:

  • be at least 17 years old (or 18 years old if you are an international student, with the minimum entry requirement being Academic IELTS Level 5.5, with no score lower than 5)
  • provide a written reference (this cannot be from a family member or friend)
  • provide evidence that you will be working with children in an early childhood service at the time of entry
  • pass a children’s worker safety check as required under the Vulnerable Children Act 2014
  • have NCEA Level 3 (including 10 literary credits at Level 2 and 10 numeracy credits at Level 1). However, if you do not have NCEA Level 3 or its equivalent, we will still consider your application on a case-by-case basis.

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