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Early Childhood TeacherAlternative titles

Kaiako Kōhungahunga

This job is sometimes referred to as:

Kōhanga Reo Kaiako
Kindergarten Teacher
Montessori Teacher

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).

Contact us

Call us on 0800 222 733


Early childhood teachers usually earn
Source: Ministry of Education, 'Kindergarten Teachers, Head Teachers and Senior Teachers' Collective Agreement, 2013 to 2016.

How many people are doing this job?

Year 2012
Year 2011
Year 2010
Source: Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment, '2003-2012 Occupation Data' (prepared for Careers New Zealand), 2012.

Job opportunities


Chances of getting a job as an early childhood teacher are good, particularly for those who are speakers of Māori, or Pasifika languages.

How to get into this job

Usually required

Bachelor, Diploma, or Graduate Diploma of Teaching (Early Childhood Education)

Registration with the New Zealand Teachers Council

Useful school subjects

Te reo Māori

An early childhood teacher playing with children outside

Early childhood teachers work one to one or in groups with children

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Updated 24 Nov 2014