People and employment

Information about working in early learning and employing staff at an early learning service.

Things employers need to know

Working in early learning

As an early childhood educator you’ll be at the cutting edge of education, playing an important role in supporting young children along a pathway of lifelong learning.

Becoming an early learning teacher

If you would like more information on working as a teacher, visit the TeachNZ website(external link).

Find current vacancies on the Education Gazette website(external link).

There are a few more things you might find useful to know:

Careers in Learning Support

Do you want to work in Learning Support? 

Working for the Ministry

Do you want to work for the Ministry of Education?

Available grants for early learning teachers

Learning Support Study Awards support teachers (in early learning services and schools) who are undertaking specific postgraduate courses to support learners with additional learning needs.

The TeachNZ Māori-Medium Bilingual Education Study Award is for teachers and principals. It lets them take study leave to improve their te reo Māori and their skills as a bilingual or immersion teacher. The award pays for relief while the person is on study leave, and it contributes to the course fees. 

TeachNZ scholarships are available in a variety of fields. These generally cover fees and pay an allowance for the study period.

Professional development

Learn about SELO (Strengthening Early Learning Opportunities for children, whānau, families and communities) and Whakapiki i te reo Māori.

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