Early Childhood Education

Discover. Nurture. Inspire.

Have you got a talent for inspiring others, the drive to leave your mark on the world, and a determination to never settle for second best? Join the early childhood teaching workforce and you'll become part of a vibrant and nurturing work environment, engaging and inspiring young children at the start of their learning journey.

Teaching is constantly evolving in response to New Zealand's shifting demographic makeup, innovation in science and technology, and the demands of an increasingly connected world. Rise to these challenges, and your influence could set the course for young people's lives and inspire profound change.

So take ownership of your career path. Complete a teaching qualification and successfully become an early childhood education teacher, and you could embark on a rewarding career with competitive pay and massive potential to be recognised for your achievements – both by the children you teach and by a diverse and dynamic profession.

We recommend you talk to registered early childhood teachers if you can – this can be a great help when making a decision to pursue a teaching qualification. To get in touch with someone, you can contact early childhood education services in your area and ask for an opportunity to speak with an early childhood teacher about their work with infants, toddlers and young children – they'll be happy to help.

If you think there's a place for you in the future of early childhood teaching, your next step is to choose a programme of study.

Download the full early childhood education qualifications guide here.
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