Diploma in Early Childhood Education (Home-based Care)
Te Tohu Pōkairua Mātauranga Kōhungahunga (Home-based Care)

Applications for study starting Semester 1 2024 are now closed. You can apply now for the next intake for Semester 2 2024 or contact us at [email protected]

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Learn, grow and enrich your home-based mahi with young children and gain the qualification you need as a great educator.


For study commencing in 2023 and 2024, our Home-based care programme will be free for all domestic students, regardless of eligibility for the government's Fees Free initiative.*

*Please note that if this is your first year of tertiary study you will NOT use up the EFT value of your enrolment for the government’s Fees Free initiative by enrolling in this programme. This means you will still be eligible for the government's Fees Free initiative after you complete this programme.

You will gain deeper understanding and confidence as an educator and new ways to enrich your home-based practice with young children and their whānau.

This Level 5 programme is designed for all home-based educators who want to improve their practice and knowledge, and ensure they exceed the standard required for all home-based educators by 2025.

Designed with and for the home-based childcare sector, the programme provides a strong foundation in child well-being, early learning and development in the bicultural context of Aotearoa New Zealand.

During 2023, there are no fees for New Zealand students to study the NZ Diploma in Early Childhood Education (Home-based Care) with Te Rito Maioha, as the Government is transitioning the home-based early childhood workforce to become fully qualified by 2025.

Some courses may be credited towards the Bachelor of Teaching (ECE), providing you a pathway towards further study and teaching qualifications.

Diploma in Early Childhood Education NZ Home-based Care  

Programme delivery
Te ara tuku

Four 30-credit courses will be taught over a 1-year period through online learning. This programme can be completed part-time over a 2-year period if desired.

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

If you are a qualified ECE teacher, you may be eligible for credit for prior learning, which would reduce the programme to 6 months.

Completion of our Level 5 home-based care programme may provide a pathway into our Level 7 Bachelor of Teaching (ECE) initial teacher education programme and the opportunity to further your early childhood career.

Semester 2, 2024

Domestic applications: 17 June 2024
International applications: 6 May 2024


Contact us

0800 244 532

[email protected] 


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Admission requirements
Ngā 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 Confidential Referee Report (which cannot be from a family member or friend)
  • provide evidence that you will be working in home-based care with a licensed provider
  • pass a children’s worker safety check as required under the Children’s Act 2014, including police vetting
  • have NCEA Level 3 (including 10 literacy credits at Level 2 and 10 numeracy credits at Level 1) – if you do not have NCEA Level 3 or its equivalent, we will consider your application on a case-by-case basis.

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