Diploma Programme Curriculum

Learn Much More Than You Expect!

Nanny employment agencies tell us they prefer graduates from the Ashton Warner Academy because they have all had a wide range of practical experiences on work placement as part of their course. On the course you’ll actually make lots of practical resources for fun learning activities with children.

You spend one third of course time on supervised work placement with three different families, an early childhood centre or school. You get to practice the skills you have learned alongside staff in early childhood centres, and in different nannying situations. These can include work with babies, residential nannying and helping children with special needs.

Early Childhood Education courses offer practical craft experience
hand's on experience engaging with kids using reading skills
dress up fun
practical interactive skills to entertain the children

Early Childhood Education

  • Art, music and movement, imaginative, dramatic and creative play
  • Childrens’ literature
  • Science and maths, constructive, manipulative
  • Sand and water play carpentry
  • Te Whariki, The Early Childhood Curriculum
  • Structure/Roles of Helping Agencies
  • Changing parenting and child raising patterns
  • Programme planning

Infant Care

  • Care of the newborn baby to 36 months
  • Breastfeeding management, bottle feeding, Introducing solids
  • Baby bathing, Teething, Supervision
  • Nutrition, Immunization
  • Pregnancy, Post Natal Depression, Monitors for at-risk babies
  • Visiting babies to tutorials for practical demonstrations
  • Settling young children Responsive caregiving

Child Development

  • A comprehensive understanding of the child from birth to adolescence.
  • Conception and birth, attachment
  • Physical, intellectual, social, language & emotional development
  • Vygotsky, Bronfrenbrenner, Piaget, Erikson theories
  • Guiding childrens’ behaviour
  • Special needs
  • Child observations and running records

Home Management

  • Cleaning routines and home maintenance
  • Organisation skills
  • Professional conduct in the home
  • Appropriate use and understanding of home appliances
  • Car Safety


  • Water safety and survival, Home safety and security
  • First Aid Certificate (pediatric)
  • Traffic safety, children’s car seats
  • Fire safety
  • Playground safety, Toys and baby equipment

Professional Development

  • Role of nanny, Professional ethics
  • Interview skills, Employment Contracts, Job Descriptions
  • Employer/employee relationships, C.Vs
  • Self employment, Taxation
  • NZ & Overseas Nanny Agencies
  • Visas passports and work permits
  • Travel, working holidays, Camp America, Deportment and grooming
  • Self-defence certificate
  • Bi-culturalism Multicultural issues


  • Selection, planning, preparation & presentation of children’s & family meals.
  • Menu planning, Food sensitivities, Allergies
  • Food processing & hygiene
  • Good food habits for children
  • Nutrition for babies, children of different ages, pregnant & lactating women
  • nutritional goals


  • Communicable diseases, Childhood illnesses and conditions
  • Caring for the sick child, baby massage
  • Role of health professionals, Holistic health.
  • Hospitalisation of children
  • Child protection
  • Recognition of child abuse
  • Dental Health, Cot death, Grief issues

NB: Students completing the L3 and L4 programme cover many of the same areas outlined above.

Enrol now to secure your place in our upcoming course