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New Zealand Diploma in Pregnancy, Childbirth and Early Parenting Education

This course is available


Level of Study



2 years

Next start date

Expected Jul 2023


Manawa Campus


Gain the knowledge to educate and guide people through the transition to parenting. This two-year, part-time programme is designed to equip you with the skills and knowledge required to facilitate quality, informed pregnancy, childbirth and early parenting education. Using a blended delivery model combining online and face-to-face learning, this programme can be studied anywhere in New Zealand. It requires a commitment of 20 hours study per week, plus attendance at two, three-day w?nanga/intensive at the City campus (Christchurch).

The diploma covers knowledge relating to anatomy, physiology, psychology and sociology of the child-bearing years; pregnancy; labour and childbirth; infant nutrition and breastfeeding; early parenting and child health; cultural awareness and cultural safety; determinants of health; and the Treaty of Waitangi.

Aspects of teaching that are covered include: communication, teaching theories, group dynamics, effective lesson planning, course design analysis, and assessment and evaluation processes. During your studies you'll use a range of assessment methods informed by contemporary research to enhance learning. You'll also evaluate your own teaching performance to improve client learning and programme outcomes.

In addition to your theory studies, you'll undertake significant work-integrated learning alongside a qualified antenatal educator. This ensures continuous integration with the theoretical components of the course, allowing you to develop your competence and confidence in preparation for facilitating PCEPE sessions. Upon completion of this programme you'll be a knowledgeable facilitator of adult learning, able to plan, implement and evaluate effective pregnancy, childbirth and early parenting programmes that are evidence-based and aligned with community needs.

*This programme is delivered using a mix of online and face-to-face learning. It includes two, three-day w?nanga/intensives at the City campus (Christchurch). Part-time, 2 years.

Entry criteria

NCEA Level 2. If you have undertaken examinations other than NCEA (e.g. International Baccalaureate, Cambridge Examination), Ara will assess your qualification for academic entry equivalency.

English Requirements

Overall IELTS 5.5 Academic: 5.0 Listening; 5.0 Reading; 5.0 Writing; 5.0 Speaking

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