In 2023, we celebrate 60 years of advocacy and leadership for early childhood education in Aotearoa New Zealand.


Our History

In 1963, a group of dedicated women in childcare united to become force for better quality early childhood education and care for all young tamariki in Aotearoa New Zealand. 

For 60 years, this organisation and its members have been driving positive change, challenging attitudes, educating and growing teachers and leaders, and improving knowledge and practice in bicultural early childhood education. 


60 birthday gifts for our members

For our 60th birthday, we’ll be giving away gifts to our members all year. Register every week to enter the draw for the latest gift.


ECE Diamonds

For our diamond anniversary, we’re sharing stories about people who have played an invaluable part in early childhood education in Aotearoa, New Zealand over the last 60 years.


Join our whānau

With committed ECE kaiako, leaders and people like you on board our waka, we’ll continue our mahi for quality education for our mokopuna in Aotearoa New Zealand for decades to come. 

Become a member and make a difference to tamariki as well as your ECE career. 


Study with us

Grow your career and make more difference to young tamariki and their learning. Whether you’re taking the first step to qualify as an ECE teacher or your sights are set on leadership, research or enriching your mahi, skill and understanding of young tamariki.


Kahurangi Scholarships

Launched for study in 2023 and beyond, the Kahurangi Scholarships mark 60 years since the organisation was formed in 1963 to advance quality teaching, education and care for all young tamariki.

A Kahurangi Scholarship covers study fees for the full duration of any initial teacher education programme provided by Te Rito Maioha.