At a glance

This add-on programme enables you to gain the English language skills you need so you can confidently communicate in a child care centre environment in English. Through our partnership with the University of Canterbury (UC) we are able to allow our students to volunteer at a local kindergarten or early childhood centre in Christchurch.

Start dates

First Monday of every month (or Tuesday when a Monday is a public holiday)

Course length

4 weeks

Hours per week

1 day per week (or two afternoons) of volunteer work in a local child care centre

Levels available

Elementary and above

Course fees

4 Weeks: $250

What you will learn

  • What happens in a pre-school and what children do in early education centres in New Zealand.


Minimum entry levels apply. Placement in an add-on programme will depend on the level you are currently studying at CCEL. Students must bring a police check from their country. CCEL can issue letters requesting these if required. Students must enrol at least 4 weeks before the desired start date.


Add-on programmes do not follow a formal assessment structure.