About Te Rito Maioha

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Te Rito Maioha Early Childhood New Zealand (ECNZ) specialises in early childhood teacher education, offering a range of diploma, degree and postgraduate programmes.

We are one of the largest early childhood teacher education providers in New Zealand, with more than 700 students of all ages and from all walks of life enrolled with us at any one time.

Some of our students are new to early childhood education (ECE) and study, while others have been working in ECE for many years.

Te Rito Maioha’s programmes reflect our bicultural kaupapa and the best of local and international ECE research and practice.

We are proud to be one of New Zealand’s top early childhood teacher education providers, having been awarded the highest quality rating by the New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA). This means you can have absolute confidence in the quality of all our programmes.

Our membership organisation was formed in 1963 by prominent women’s rights activist, politician and peace campaigner, Sonja Davies. For more than 55 years we have represented early childhood education services and kaiako who provide education and care to thousands of infants, toddlers and young children. 

Members receive support and advice, regular sector updates and access to resources and professional development opportunities.  We are strong advocates for the ECE sector, keeping the focus on the education and wellbeing of our youngest tam­ariki and ensuring that government policy favours high quality, accessible and affordable ECE.