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Early Childhood Teacher

Kaiako Kōhungahunga

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


Graduate early childhood teachers usually earn

$46K-$70K per year

Head early childhood teachers usually earn

$70K-$79K per year

Source: Ministry of Education and NZEI, 2017.

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Chances of getting a job as an early childhood teacher are good due to a shortage of workers.
An early childhood teacher is sitting at a table with a young child while a mentor checks the lesson

Early childhood teachers often teach children through play

Last updated 23 February 2018