Primary School Teachers
Qualified primary school teachers can work in early childhood education. You will count as a member of the teaching team and your employer will receive funding from the Ministry of Education to go toward paying your salary or wage as a certificated teacher.
So if you are a primary school teacher you can apply for teaching positions in early childhood education.
Secondary School Teachers
Secondary teaching qualifications are not recognised for the purpose of teaching in early childhood education. You may work in an early childhood service as an unqualified teacher or undertake a recognised ECE diploma or degree. When enrolling for an ECE degree apply for recognition of prior learning and you may get some credit.
Contact the NZ Qualifications Authority for information and clarification of recognition for your particular qualification. NZQA assesses applications on a case by case basis.
For an overseas qualification to be recognised by the NZ education system for the purpose of working in early childhood education it must be assessed as at least equivalent to a NZ Level 7 qualification or as containing core components of a NZ Graduate Diploma of Teaching (ECE) qualification.
Overseas qualifications assessed by NZQA as equivalent to a Level 7 ECE qualification and approved by the NZ Education Council, are recognised by the Ministry of Education for ECE staffing and service funding purposes.