What you need to know

  • Plunket is accredited with NZQA to provide the New Zealand Certificate in Early Childhood Learning and Care - level 2, and a range of level 3 unit standards (but not the complete certificate).
  • We also provide non-assessed courses on Babysitting and Caring for Kids. 
  • Schools can either have Plunket educators take the classes for you (Plunket led), or you can purchase our resources and have your own kaiako/teachers teach the material (teacher led). 
  • One of the great benefits of a Plunket led class is that we bring in our wonderful parent volunteers and their tamariki for fun, interactive sessions. 

What we can offer schools

Around 5000 students use our courses/unit standards annually, and we work in around 60 schools across Aotearoa.  

Plunket is accredited with NZQA to provide the New Zealand Certificate in Early Childhood Learning and Care – Level 2, as well as many of the Level 3 Early Childhood unit standards.

Why choose Plunket?

Plunket’s early childhood education unit standards offer competitive and affordable learning experiences.

Our resources are designed especially for secondary school audiences to be easy-to-use and relevant to a wide range of student needs.

We also provide authentic first-hand learning opportunities for students through practical activities and experiences.

We love what we do – and apparently it shows.

“I have valued my interactions with the staff at the Plunket head office in Wellington. When I started teaching ECE they were always at the end of a phone or quick to respond to an email if I encountered any problems with the content or had assessment queries … they are reliable, professional ECE providers.” – Class Teacher, Bay of Plenty

Why teach early childhood education at a secondary school level?

Our programmes aim to provide opportunities and pathways for students to gain skills in early childhood learning and the care of infants, toddlers and young children. 

These skills may be utilised as support for careers as kaiako, kaiāwhina and carers in the early childhood area, leading to improved outcomes for communities, whānau and parenting. 

Types of provision

We offer three types of provision for our material:

  1. Plunket led – our educators come and take the classes at your school
  2. Teacher led – the school purchases our resources, and you teach them yourselves
  3. Single student option – the school purchases the material for students to work through independently.

For teacher led and single student options schools, the school will be required to become sub-contractors to Education in Schools and complete a sub-contractor agreement form.

Plunket led classes

We have educators/kaiako available in Auckland, Hamilton, Levin, Wellington, Christchurch and Invercargill to come to your school to teach the Level 2 and 3 unit standards and non-assessed units (Caring for Kids and Babysitting). 

We can organise educators in some other areas to take the non-assessed classes, please get in touch if you would like to know if we can come to your area or school.

As part of our non-assessed classes and for some of our unit standards, we can bring in our parent volunteers and their young children for practical sessions – where appropriate.

We find this really enhances the student’s learning and gives real context to their learning.

Next steps

If you would like to go with this option, please either: email, give us a call or download and fill out the forms below and send to: EIS.Admin@plunket.org.nz or Plunket Education in Schools, Level 3, Simpl House, 40 Mercer Street, PO Box 5474, Wellington 6140.

Teacher led classes

For this option schools purchase the unit standard materials from us and teach their own classes. This means that teachers/kaiako can teach to their own timetable and it gives flexibility to extend and enrich the learning of their students.

The teacher led option is great for those schools outside areas where we have educators as well as schools who have their own ECE teachers to teach the material.

Next steps

If you’d like to go with this option, please either: email, give us a call or download and fill out the forms below and send to: EIS.Admin@plunket.org.nz or Plunket Education in Schools, Level 3, Simpl House, 40 Mercer Street, PO Box 5474, Wellington 6140.

Before filling in the forms please check with your school if you have consent to assess for the unit standards you would like to use:

  • If you do have consent to assess for the unit standards you would like to deliver then please complete this Agreement Form and MOU.
  • If you do not have consent to assess the unit standards you would like to deliver, then you will need to become a sub-contractor to Plunket to use their consent to assess. All of the necessary regulations you will need to follow are covered in our subcontracting agreement which we will ask you to fill and sign. You will also need to complete our MOU.

Single student option

Some schools may only have a few students wanting to choose to study ECE so an option for those schools would be for students to work through the unit standards independently with support from the school.

We can offer marking for this option. Please ask for costings for marking.

Next steps

If you’d like to go with this option, please either: email, give us a call or download and fill out the forms below and send to: EIS.Admin@plunket.org.nz or Plunket Education in Schools, Level 3, Simpl House, 40 Mercer Street, PO Box 5474, Wellington 6140.

Before filling in the forms please check with your school if you have consent to assess for the unit standards you would like to use:

  • If you do have consent to assess for the unit standards you would like to use for the single student option then please complete this single student agreement form and MOU.
  • If you do not have consent to assess the unit standards you would like to use for the single student Option, then you will need to become a sub-contractor to Plunket to use their consent to assess.

    All of the necessary regulations you will need to follow are covered in our subcontracting agreement which we will ask you to fill and sign. You will also need to complete our MOU.

Full 2020 programme outlines and prices

Click below on our Level 2 and Level 3 outlines to find out more about what we can offer (2020 prices included):

Further details for both of these are below - along with information on our two non-assessed life skill courses, Babysitting and Caring for Kids.

New Zealand Certificate in Early Childhood Learning & Care Level 2

Plunket is accredited with NZQA to provide the New Zealand Certificate in Early Childhood Learning and Care, Level 2. 

The programme is made up of five components and all components must be successfully achieved to be awarded the qualification:

  1. Holistic wellbeing and care (ECL201 - 9 credits)
  2. Hygiene, health and safety (ECL202 - 5 credits)
  3. Development & learning through play (ECL203 - 10 credits)
  4. Self-awareness, relationships and behaviours (ECL204 - 10 credits)
  5. Aotearoa in context (ECL205 - 8 credits)

The expectation is that each credit will represent approximately 10 hours of learning.

This will include class work as well as practicums and self-directed learning. 

These unit standards are also available on an individual basis.

More information on each level 2 unit standard:

Basic needs & nutrition (US 29852 - 4 credits)

Demonstrate knowledge of the basic needs and nutrition that support young children's holistic wellbeing and development.

People credited with this unit standard are able to:

  • describe the basic needs of young children, and
  • demonstrate knowledge of age-related food requirements relevant to healthy eating for young children.

Link to US 29852 on NZQA website

Attachment relationships (US 29855 - 3 credits)

Describe attachment relationships and strategies used to support transitions for young children.

People credited with this unit standard are able to describe:

  • attachment behaviours and patterns of behaviour of young children
  • transition situations where young children require settling, and
  • strategies used to support whānau/families and young children through transition situations.

Link to US 29855 on NZQA website

Care practices (US 29856 - 2 credits)

Describe and demonstrate care practices for infants and toddlers.

People credited with this unit standard are able to:

  • describe and demonstrate care practices for infants and toddlers.

 Link to US 29856 on NZQA website

Child health & wellbeing (US 29853 - 2 credits)

Demonstrate knowledge of health issues and services available to protect and enhance the wellbeing of young children. 

People credited with this unit standard are able to demonstrate:

  • knowledge of health issues, communicable diseases and environmental factors affecting the health and wellbeing of young children, and
  • knowledge of immunisation programmes and health services in the community that protect and enhance the wellbeing of young children.

Link to US 29853 on NZQA website

Hygiene & safety (US 29854 - 2 credits)

Describe personal and environmental hygiene and safety practices for the care of young children.

People credited with this unit standard are able to:

  • describe personal and environmental hygiene and safety practices for the care of young children.

Link to US 29854 on NZQA website

Learning & development (US 29857 - 5 credits)

Describe patterns of development and learning for young children. 

People credited with this unit standard are able to describe:

  • the patterns of children’s development and learning from birth to school entry age, and
  • the development of speech and language in young children.

 Link to US 29857 on NZQA website

Play experiences (US 29858 - 5 credits)

Provide and reflect on the value of play experiences for a child's development and learning. 

People credited with this unit standard are able to:

  • describe the importance of environment, interactions and the value of play for young children’s development and learning, and
  • provide and reflect on play experiences for a child or children.

 Link to US 29858 on NZQA website

Values & beliefs (US 29859 - 5 credits)

Describe values and beliefs that inform own personal approach to the learning and care of young children. 

People credited with this unit standard are able to describe:

  • past and present views on parenting and influences on approach to learning and care of young children, and
  • aspects of own whakapapa and/or family history, culture and heritage, and other influences that inform own beliefs about learning and care of young children.

Link to US 29859 on NZQA website

Relationships & behaviour (US 29860 - 6 credits)

Describe strategies and practices used to develop positive relationships and to guide behaviour in young children.

People credited with this unit standard are able to:

  • describe and reflect on strategies that assist to develop positive relationships with young children in early childhood learning and care settings
  • describe guidance strategies and practices that support the development of children learning to manage their own behaviour, and
  • describe strategies to respond to challenging behaviour from young children.

Link to US 29860 on NZQA website

Support services (US 29861 - 3 credits)

Identify and describe agencies/services available in the community to support young children and families. 

People credited with this unit standard are able to identify and describe:

  • support services and networks available in the community to assist young children and whānau/families, and
  • own personal support needs and how identified agencies/services provide services to meet these needs.

Link to US 29861 on NZQA website

Communication in the workplace using Te Reo (US 23091 - 5 credits)

Communicate in the workplace using conversational te reo Māori and waiata. 

The focus of this standard is cultural and linguistic, as the challenge for candidates is to achieve communication with Māori in their workplace, while recognising the importance of te reo Māori to do this.

This unit standard is designed for people with little experience of Māori language or protocol.

The practical component will need to take place in an ECE service which has a registered, certified teacher who is willing to supervisor the student's practice.

Plunket led deliveries for this unit standard can only be offered in selected parts of Auckland. Please contact us for further details.

Link to US 23091 on NZQA website

Level 3 Early Childhood Education & Care unit standards

Plunket is pleased to offer the following Level 3 early childhood education and care unit standards on an individual basis.

These are available on a Plunket led, teacher led or single student basis and can establish students on their pathway to completing the New Zealand Certificate in Early Childhood Education and Care, Level 3.

Please note Plunket do not offer the complete certificate.

More information on each level 3 unit standard:

Te Whāriki (US 10013 - 2 credits)

Explain the relevance of the New Zealand Early Childhood Curriculum Te Whāriki as a framework for programme development. 

People credited with this unit standard are able to:

  • explain the relevance of the New Zealand Early Childhood Curriculum Te Whāriki as a framework for programme development.

 Link to US 10013 on NZQA website

Learning & development (US 10026 - 5 credits)

Demonstrate knowledge of children's development and learning and their relevance to an ECE service.

People credited with this unit standard are able to describe:

  • the dimensions and progressions of the development and learning of children from birth to school entry age
  • environmental factors that may influence the development and learning of a child in an ECE service, and
  • the acquisition and development of language and literacies in children.

 Link to US 10026 on NZQA website

Play (US 26707 - 4 credits)

Describe the value of play and create resources for children's development and learning in an ECE service.

People credited with this unit standard are able to:

  • describe the value of play to the development and learning of children in an ECE service, and
  • create, use and evaluate play resources for children in an ECE service.

Link to US 26707 on NZQA website

Observation & learning plans (US 29863 - 5 credits)

Develop, implement and evaluate a learning plan based on observation of a child in an ECE service.

People credited with this unit standard are able to:

  • demonstrate knowledge of and plan an observation of a child in an ECE service
  • observe a child, document the observation and evaluate the outcomes of the observation
  • develop a learning plan for a child in an ECE service, and
  • implement and evaluate the learning plan for the child in an ECE service.

Link to US 29863 on NZQA website

Attachment & transitions (US 29864 - 3 credits)

Demonstrate knowledge of attachment theories, behaviours and transition support in an ECE service.

People credited with this unit standard are able to:

  • describe and compare attachment theories and explain perspectives relevant to understanding attachment behaviours in an ECE service, and
  • recognise and describe interpersonal relationships and attachment patterns, and explain transitions in an ECE service.

Link to US 29864 on NZQA website

Safety (US 10019 - 3 credits)

Describe and contribute to safe practices and a safe environment for children in an ECE service.

People credited with this unit standard are able to:

  • describe a safe environment for children in an ECE service
  • contribute to a safe environment for children in an ECE service, and
  • describe, demonstrate and evaluate strategies to assist a child to use safe practices in an ECE service.

Link to US 10019 on NZQA website

Health & wellbeing (US 29865 - 4 credits)

Describe and reflect on practices to protect and promote the health and holistic wellbeing of children in an ECE service.

People credited with this unit standard are able to describe:

  • health issues and factors that can influence children''s health and holistic wellbeing, and
  • practices to protect and promote the health and holistic wellbeing of children in an ECE service, and reflect on the importance of these in meeting children''s essential needs.

Link to US 29865 on NZQA website

Nutrition (US 29866 - 2 credits)

Demonstrate knowledge of, apply and reflect on age-related nutrition needs for a child in an ECE service.

People credited with this unit standard are able to:

  • demonstrate knowledge of age-related food requirements relevant to children in an ECE service
  • plan nutritious meals for a toddler or a young child in accordance with food and nutrition guidelines, and
  • prepare and serve a meal for the child, and reflect on learning from the process.

 Link to US 29866 on NZQA website

Relationships (US 26708 - 4 credits)

Develop respectful, reciprocal and responsive relationships with children in an ECE service.

People credited with this unit standard are able to:

  • describe strategies that help to develop relationships with children in an ECE service, and
  • use and evaluate strategies to develop respectful, reciprocal and responsive relationships with a child in an ECE service.

Link to US 26708 on NZQA website

Diversity & communications (US 29867)

Demonstrate knowledge of diverse whānau/families and use a range of effective communication strategies in an ECE service

Available July 2020

Professional behaviour & wellbeing (US 29868 - 4 credits)

Demonstrate professional behaviour and manage personal health and wellbeing in an ECE service.

People credited with this unit standard are able to demonstrate:

  • professional behaviours required of an early childhood educator, and
  • use of goals and strategies to manage professional image, personal health and wellbeing in an ECE service.

Link to US 29868 on NZQA website

Ethics (US 29869)

Demonstrate knowledge of ethical responsibility to guide practice in an ECE service.

Available July 2020

Legislation, regulations & treaty (US 29870)

Demonstrate knowledge of te Tiriti o Waitangi, legislation and organisations relevant to ECE services in New Zealand.

Available August 2020

Philosophies & services (US 29871 - 3 credits)

Describe and compare a range of ECE services and philosophies in Aotearoa New Zealand.

People credited with this unit standard are able to:

  • compare a range of ECE service types in Aotearoa New Zealand, and
  • describe the history and beliefs of a range of ECE philosophies in Aotearoa New Zealand.

 Link to US 29871 on NZQA website

Life skills courses

Plunket also provide two non-assessed, life skills courses: babysitting and caring for kids.

These are only offered as Plunket led deliverables and include a fun practical play session with our volunteer parents and their tamariki.

Both have five modules each and can either be run as a one-day course or taught over five sessions.

These are a great choice to run in term four when older students are on study leave, or in some areas we’ve run the babysitting course in the community during the school holidays.

Babysitting

This course is aimed at students in Year 9-10 and gives them a good basic knowledge of what they can expect when they babysit.

Each student who completes this course gets a Plunket Babysitting Certificate.

The modules cover:

  • the expectations of the babysitter, the child and the family
  • characteristics and values of a babysitter
  • managing the basic needs of the children (and ages and stages)
  • keeping safe – both the babysitter and the children
  • preparing for the job.

2020 price - $495 plus a $3 admin per student

Next steps

If you would like to go with this option, please either: email, give us a call or download and fill out the forms below, and send to: EIS.Admin@plunket.org.nz or Plunket Education in Schools, Level 3, Simpl House, 40 Mercer Street, PO Box 5474, Wellington 6140.

Caring for kids

This course covers how to care for a child from pregnancy through to the early years. It provides important information about child development and why nurturing is so crucial to brain development.

The modules cover:

  • baby on board (keeping safe in pregnancy)
  • ages and stages
  • nurturing (brain developments and behaviours)
  • keeping safe
  • basic needs.

2020 price - $495 plus a $3 admin per student

If you would like to go with this option, please either: email, give us a call or download and fill out the forms below, and send to: EIS.Admin@plunket.org.nz or Plunket Education in Schools, Level 3, Simpl House, 40 Mercer Street, PO Box 5474, Wellington 6140.

Teacher Forms 2020

For all Agreement Forms and MOUs please see above.

Course Report Forms

Evaluation Forms

Consent Forms (for parental permissions for practicums and ECE centre placements)

Become a volunteer parent

Do you have a child/children from 0-5 years of age? Are you interested in sharing your parenting experiences? Do you have a few hours to participate in first hand learning experiences with our students?

Then we’d love to hear from you!

“I really enjoyed being a part of Plunket in Schools. I'd go in with the kids and the students ask questions about what it’s like being a parent. I liked being able to help and impart some of my experience to the younger generations.” – Christy, mum of three

 

What do the volunteer parents do?

For some Plunket led classes we invite our volunteer parents and their pre-school children to come into the classroom. These sessions are between 30-45 minutes long and held during the school day.

During the session you will be introduced, and the students will have some pre-prepared questions to ask you about you and your children and your experiences of parenting.

For example, sometimes the focus of the session might be about:

  • Play and the students will engage with you and your children with some toys and games which they have sometimes made themselves, or
  • Nutrition and the students will have made an appropriate meal for young children that they would like to share with your tamariki.

The classes are advertised on our closed Facebook groups and you will choose if you are available to attend a session and what the focus of the session will be.

You’ll also be given directions on how to get to the school office, where to park and you will be met at the office by students and then take to the classroom.

We are always grateful for families being available for these classes as it helps reinforce new learning for the students and gives them practical experiences that puts this learning in context.

We’d love to hear from you

If you’re interested in finding out more, contact our EIS team below to register your interest or to get more information.

You can also check out our Parent Volunteer Guide 2020.

We also always love to hear about how our current volunteer parents are finding their experience with us. Feel free to send us your feedback.

Get in touch

If you have a question for the Education in Schools team, feel free to get in touch.

Email: EIS.Admin@plunket.org.nz

Mailing address: Plunket Education in Schools, Level 3 Simpl House, 40 Mercer Street, PO Box 5474, Wellington 6145

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