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About ECNZ

About Early Childhood NZ - Become a teacher

We are a leading provider of new knowledge, fresh thinking and best practice for early childhood care and education. Achieving increasingly higher standards of care and education for the children of Aotearoa is our only focus.


Our Name

‘Te rito’ (the new shoot at the centre of the harakeke) symbolises the young child, also the learner, embarking on a journey of growth and having limitless potential. ‘Maioha’ means held in high regard, deeply respected, hence one literal translation of ‘Te Rito Maioha’ is ‘the treasured shoot’.


Our guiding beliefs
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  • Every child has the right to high-quality education and care that compliments and supports their family’s life.
  • Every child in New Zealand has the right to know and enjoy the dual cultural heritage of te Tiriti o Waitangi partners along with his/her own cultural heritage.
  • Teachers in early childhood education should be qualified and hold the same status in the compulsory sector.
  • People working in early childhood education need access to high-quality teacher education, advice, information, resources and a “voice” in decision-making that affects young children and their families.