New Zealand Diploma in Early Childhood Education and Care, Level 6

During the second year of your study with us, we complete the same four modules Biculturalism, Learning & Development, Inclusive Practice and Professional Practice, but it is a level above what was learnt within the Level 5 programme. It unpacks the learning theories further and the academic level is raised as you this is the equivalent to the second year of a Bachelor programme.

New Zealand Diploma in Early Childhood Education and Care (Level 6) 120 Credits.

  • 40 week full time course (35 hours per week).
  • 2 x 2 week holidays.
  • Online via distance learning.
  • February & July Intake.

Field Based component
14 hours per week must take place in a licensed early childhood service.
1 x 4 week in-home field based block (35 hours per week).
1 x 4 week out of home field based block (35 hours per week)

Entry Criteria

  • Applicants must have met entry criteria and completed the New Zealand Diploma in Early Childhood Education and Care (Level 5).

Fees (2022): $5334.00


Bodhi recognises that to be recognised as a trained early childhood educator, that the minimum level of study is a Bachelor of Teaching (ECE) with a ITE provider. This is Bodhi’s strategy goal and while we work toward it, we have ensured our programmes align with the Teaching Council’s teacher registration guidelines and our graduates can seamlessly cross credit with another provider to complete their third and final year of study to graduate with the qualification required. It is our goal to scaffold our learners so that they can confidently and competently complete this third and final year with a bigger provider. We are with our students the entire step of the way on this incredible life changing journey.

Field Based Definitions.

Supervised: – the learner will have a suitable qualified/experienced supervising/supporting mentor who will assess the student’s practice against requirements. For students in a licensed based service, supervision will be an Associate Tutor belonging to the service, and a visiting tutor from Bodhi. Those students in a home-based situation will be mentored by an Associate Tutor from Bodhi Ltd, who will also act as their visiting tutor.

ECE setting – this must be a recognised early childhood education (ECE) service, which may include a certificated playgroup or a licensed centre-based service, parent-led service, hospital-based service, home-based service; or culturally-based environment. The home-based service may be the child’s own home, or the home of the educator.