Early Childhood Teacher

Kaiako Kōhungahunga

This job is sometimes referred to by alternative titles

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-$69K per year

Head teachers usually earn

$72K-$78K per year

Source: Ministry of Education and NZEI, 2016.

Job opportunities

Chances of getting a job as an early childhood teacher are average for new graduates, but good for those with Māori or Pasifika language skills.
An early childhood teacher playing with children outside

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

Last updated 14 August 2017