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.

  • US 10013 Te Whāriki

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

    Version:6
    Level 3
    Credits: 2

    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.

    This unit standard is an introduction to education and care of children in an ECE service. It is designed for people who intend to work, or are working with, children in an ECE service. People working in the wider education sector may also be interested in this unit standard. This unit standard will prepare people to advance to a higher level of study in ECE.

    Modules include:

    • Introduction to Te Whāriki: History and purpose
    • The aspirations and principles of Te Whāriki
    • Strands, goals, and learning outcomes
    • Document structure and using Te Whāriki

     Link to US 10013 on NZQA website

     

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  • US 10026 Learning & development

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

    Version:6
    Level 3
    Credits: 5

    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; describe environmental factors that may influence the development and learning of a child in an ECE service; describe the acquisition and development of language and literacies in children.

    This unit standard is an introduction to education and care of children in an ECE service. It is designed for people who intend to work, or are working with, children in an ECE service. People working in the wider education sector may also be interested in this unit standard. This unit standard will prepare people to advance to a higher level of study in ECE.

    Modules include:

    • Dimensions of development
    • Physical patterns of development and learning
    • Social and emotional patterns of development and learning
    • Cognitive patterns of development and learning
    • Spiritual and cultural patterns of development and learning
    • Language acquisition and development
    • Strategies to support and respond to children's oral and visual languages (s)

    Link to US 10026 on NZQA website

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  • US 26707 Play

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

    Version:4
    Level 3
    Credits: 4

    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; create, use and evaluate play resources for children in an ECE service.

    This unit standard is an introduction to education and care of children in an ECE service. It is designed for people who intend to work, or are working with, children in an ECE service. People working in the wider education sector may also be interested in this unit standard. This unit standard will prepare people to advance to a higher level of study in ECE.

    Modules include:

    • Value of play
    • Environments and resources for play and keeping children safe
    • Infants and their play
    • Toddlers and their play
    • Young children and their play
    • Creating resources for play
    • Using and evaluating a play resource

    Link to US 26707 on NZQA website

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  • US 29863 Observation & learning plans

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

    Version:1
    Level 3
    Credits: 5

    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; implement and evaluate the learning plan for the child in an ECE service.

    This unit standard is an introduction to education and care of children in an ECE service. It is designed for people who intend to work, or are working with, children in an ECE service. People working in the wider education sector may also be interested in this unit standard. This unit standard will prepare people to advance to a higher level of study in ECE.

    Modules include:

    • Observation, assessment, and planning for learning
    • Observation techniques
    • Observation
    • Learning stories
    • Using observations to plan for learning
    • Ethical observation: Policies and procedures to consider when planning to observe

    Link to US 29863 on NZQA website

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  • US 29864 Attachment & transitions

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

    Version:1
    Level 3
    Credits: 3

    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; recognise and describe interpersonal relationships and attachment patterns, and explain transitions in an ECE service.

    This unit standard is an introduction to education and care of children in an ECE service. It is designed for people who intend to work, or are working with, children in an ECE service. People working in the wider education sector may also be interested in this unit standard. This unit standard will prepare people to advance to a higher level of study in ECE.

    Modules include:

    Introduction to attachment theories
    The first transitions and building relationships
    Minor transitions
    Other major transitions

    Link to US 29864 on NZQA website

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  • US 10019 Safety

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

    Version:6
    Level 3
    Credits: 3

    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; describe, demonstrate and evaluate strategies to assist a child to use safe practices in an ECE service.

    This unit standard is an introduction to education and care of children in an ECE service. It is designed for people who intend to work, or are working with, children in an ECE service. People working in the wider education sector may also be interested in this unit standard. This unit standard will prepare people to advance to a higher level of study in ECE.

    Modules include:

    • Factors contributing to a safe indoor environment
    • Factors contributing to a safe outdoor environment
    • Methods of minimising hazards to support the provision of a safe environment
    • Responding to emergencies
    • Supporting children to develop skills to keep themselves safe
    • Hygiene practices that help create a safe environment

     Link to US 10019 on NZQA website

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  • US 29865 Health & wellbeing

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

    Available April 2020

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  • US 29866 Nutrition

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

    Available April 2020

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  • US 26708 Relationships

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

    Version:4
    Level 3
    Credits: 4

    People credited with this unit standard are able to: describe strategies that help to develop relationships with children in an ECE service; use and evaluate strategies to develop respectful, reciprocal and responsive relationships with a child in an ECE service.

    This unit standard is an introduction to education and care of children in an ECE service. It is designed for people who intend to work, or are working with, children in an ECE service. People working in the wider education sector may also be interested in this unit standard. This unit standard will prepare people to advance to a higher level of study in ECE.

    Modules include:

    • Strategies that help to develop relationships with children in an ECE service
    • Principles of positive guidance and strategies for guiding infants behaviour
    • Strategies for guiding toddlers behaviour
    • Strategies for guiding young childrens behaviour
    • Practical preparation

     Link to US 26708 on NZQA website

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  • US 29867 Diversity & communications

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

    Available July 2020

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  • US 29868 Professional behaviour & wellbeing

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

    Version:1
    Level 3
    Credits: 4

    People credited with this unit standard are able to: demonstrate professional behaviours required of an early childhood educator; demonstrate use of goals and strategies to manage professional image, personal health and wellbeing in an ECE service.

    This unit standard is an introduction to education and care of children in an ECE service. It is designed for people who intend to work, or are working with, children in an ECE service. People working in the wider education sector may also be interested in this unit standard. This unit standard will prepare people to advance to a higher level of study in ECE.

    Modules include:

    • Professional behaviour
    • The code of professional behaviour
    • Self-care and a professional image
    • Managing personal health and wellbeing
    • Setting goals to support personal health and wellbeing in an ECE service

     Link to US 29868 on NZQA website

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  • US 29869 Ethics

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

    Available July 2020

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  • US 29870 Legislation, regulations & treaty

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

    Available August 2020

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  • US 29871 Philosophies & services

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

    Version:1
    Level 3
    Credits: 3

    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.

    This unit standard is an introduction to education and care of children in an ECE service. It is designed for people who intend to work, or are working with, children in an ECE service. People working in the wider education sector may also be interested in this unit standard. This unit standard will prepare people to advance to a higher level of study in ECE.

    Modules include:

    • Introduction to ECE services in Aotearoa New Zealand
    • Teacher-led ECE services in Aotearoa New Zealand
    • Parent-led ECE services in Aotearoa New Zealand
    • The history of early childhood education in New Zealand
    • Philosophies underpinning ECE 

    Link to US 29871 on NZQA website

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