Early Childhood Teacher - How to enter the job

Kaiako Kōhungahunga

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Early childhood teachers educate and care for young children in early childhood education services such as kindergartens, kōhanga reo or education and care centres. Kōhanga reo kaiako also help children learn te reo Māori and tikanga Māori (culture and customs).


Early childhood teachers usually earn

$34K-$73K per year

Source: Ministry of Education; New Zealand Educational Institute.

Job opportunities

Chances of getting a job as an early childhood teacher are average for new graduates, due to strong competition for vacancies, but good for those who are speakers of Māori, or Pasifika languages.

Last updated 22 September 2015