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Why study with ECNZ?
Voice for quality early childhood education in New Zealand
ECNZ was established in 1963 as an Association of early childhood
education centres with a vision of high quality early childhood
education for every child.
The organisation has shaped New Zealand’s early childhood landscape
and continues to influence policy and practice. It is a trusted advisor
to the NZ government.
ECNZ is registered by the New Zealand Qualifications Authority as a
Private Training Establishment. We are accredited and funded by
government to complement the programmes offered by universities and
The New Zealand Qualifications Authority has awarded us a category 1 External Evaluation Review. This provides assurance that we are a high
quality provider and enables us to recruit international students into
ECNZ is one of New Zealand’s largest producers of early childhood teachers and has a strong reputation amongst employers.
ECNZ specialises in qualifications for teacher and leaders in early childhood education.
Our programmes offer bicultural perspectives (indigenous and Western) which support cross cultural understanding and practice.
Because of our governance structure we have strong connections with early childhood services across New Zealand.
International interest in our ECE sector, particularly in Te Whāriki (the
NZ ECE Curriculum) and Learning Stories (child assessment framework)
has prompted us to offer our teacher education programmes to an
Students tell us that they choose to study wtih us because:
- Our blended delivery approach combines online and face-to-face learning. Students also gain practical experience and can earn as they learn
- Students graduate with high-quality ECE qualifications, and are employment ready or equipped to take on greater leadership responsibilities
- We are a field-based provider and have 11 teaching bases across New Zealand. Our bases give students access to our highly qualified teaching staff who offer academic as well as pastoral care
- Students value being part of the Te Rito Maioha whānau (family).
Learn more about ECNZ and what we have to offer.
During the selection process you will be required to participate in an interview with a member of the ECNZ academic staff.
It is really important to make your accommodation arrangements in New Zealand before you leave your home country.
Te Rito Maioha Early Childhood New Zealand has agreed to observe and
be bound by the Code of Practice for the Pastoral Care of International
Face to face orientation will be conducted during the week before the
academic semester starts at the teaching site you will be attending.