New scholarship to upskill ECE staff working with Pacific children

Te Rito Maioha has launched the new Oceania Scholarship for early childhood staff and teachers working with young Pacific children and their families.  

“As a leading bicultural provider of early childhood teacher education and development, we’re passionate about growing a culturally responsive early childhood workforce for all children,” says Kathy Wolfe, chief executive of Te Rito Maioha Early Childhood NZ.  

“We want to support and encourage early childhood staff to strengthen their knowledge and practice in navigating early childhood education with Pacific children and families.” 

 Applications for the Oceania Scholarship are open now on the Te Rito Maioha website: Oceania Scholarship ( 

The scholarship will pay course fees for early childhood teachers or staff to study the NZ Diploma in Early Childhood Education (Pasifika) with Te Rito Maioha. 

The diploma is an online level 5 programme designed for both qualified and unqualified early childhood teachers or staff working in ECE centres. It builds knowledge of Pacific ways of knowing and being to effectively engage young Pacific children and fanau.  

“It offers professional development for qualified teachers or, with some courses counting towards a teaching qualification, a pathway for unqualified ECE staff to become teachers.” 

More information: Oceania Scholarship (