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Why study with ECNZ?

Voice for quality early childhood education in New Zealand

ECNZ was established in 1963 as an Association of early childhood education centres with a vision of high quality early childhood education for every child. 

The organisation has shaped New Zealand’s early childhood landscape and continues to influence policy and practice. It is a trusted advisor to the NZ government. 

Teachers college

ECNZ is registered by the New Zealand Qualifications Authority as a Private Training Establishment. We are accredited and funded by government to complement the programmes offered by universities and polytechnics. 

The New Zealand Qualifications Authority has awarded us a category 1 External Evaluation Review. This provides assurance that we are a high quality provider and enables us to recruit international students into our programmes. You canv view this review and previous reviews on the NZQA website here.

ECNZ is one of New Zealand’s largest producers of early childhood teachers and has a strong reputation amongst employers.

Special character

ECNZ specialises in qualifications for teacher and leaders in early childhood education.

Our programmes offer bicultural perspectives (indigenous and Western) which support cross cultural understanding and practice.

Because of our governance structure we have strong connections with early childhood services across New Zealand.

International interest in our ECE sector, particularly in Te Whāriki (the NZ ECE Curriculum) and Learning Stories (child assessment framework) has prompted us to offer our teacher education programmes to an international audience.

Students tell us that they choose to study wtih us because:

  • Our blended delivery approach combines online and face-to-face learning. Students also gain practical experience and can earn as they learn
  • Students graduate with high-quality ECE qualifications, and are employment ready or equipped to take on greater leadership responsibilities
  • We are a field-based provider and have 11 teaching bases across New Zealand. Our bases give students access to our highly qualified teaching staff who offer academic as well as pastoral care
  • Students value being part of the Te Rito Maioha whānau (family). 


About us

Learn more about ECNZ and what we have to offer. 


During the selection process you will be required to participate in an interview with a member of the ECNZ academic staff. 

Accommodation options

It is really important to make your accommodation arrangements in New Zealand before you leave your home country.  

Code of Practice

Te Rito Maioha Early Childhood New Zealand has agreed to observe and be bound by the Code of Practice for the Pastoral Care of International Students.


Face to face orientation will be conducted during the week before the academic semester starts at the teaching site you will be attending.