The Office of Pre-Primary Education

Representing the sector and service providers
Service management and teacher support (ChildForum)
Research publisher (NZ-International RECE Journal)
Parent and whānau information service (My ECE)
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To be an ECE service member of ChildForum the whole entity must join - so should there be more than one centre or home-based service under the same management or owner/s then membership is for all within your group.  

Join us if you have a strong commitment to quality - to providing an early childhood service that is safe for children, safe for staff, supports parents and families well, meets standards, and aims for excellence in practices.

ECE service member plan

1. Enjoy 24/7 access to essential information. Have access also to guides, and education expert and economic management insights.  

2. Get unique information and analysis that only ChildForum provides.

3. Be well-informed and up-to-date. Never worry about missing out

4. Have concrete evidence of your service's commitment to quality. Only the best services can join ChildForum because services that do not uphold the ECE Service Code of Ethical Conduct or do not show a commitment to improving can have their membership withdrawn. 

5. Free promotional listing of your service's contact details on My ECE, including a direct link to your website and phone number for parents looking for childcare  (

6. Free registered user status for the Parent Survey tool PLUS free analysis of responses and a confidential pdf report prepared by the research team at ChildForum (worth minimum of $260.00 per licensed service).  No longer will you have to be bothered with designing and carrying out your own parent surveys for feedback - it will be done professionally, independently and with a survey instrument that has been well tested and tried in hundreds of different early childhood services across NZ. (see more details on the Parent Survey)

7. Get discounts and/or preferential customer support with external suppliers that have a strong reputation in the sector - such as 'Storypark' for online portfolios and 'Edusafe' for staff training in manual handling and worker health and safety.

8. Ask questions and pick up tips on child care and early education matters from ChildForum's experts and fellow members through our Forum.

9. Have complementary/free access to all past and current issues of the NZ-International Research in ECE Journal - giving a vast library of 20 years of published research articles on a very wide range of early childhood, teaching, parenting, research, and policy topics and issues.

10. Grow your team's professional capacity as their  knowledge and understanding increases, they implement new ideas and strategies for better outcomes, and their professional identity is affirmed.

ChildForum membership can save you money, time and energy because we have so much information and knowledge all in one place at ChildForum - and if you can't find what you are looking for you can ask. 


Who Can Join

Any licensed early childhood service and service group can apply for membership (some conditions apply click here to read more).


Renew or Join Now 

Subscription Rates for 12 months from the date of joining

Select below the category for the number of licences that applies to your service (you will later be asked for the MOE licence number/s)

  • 1 licence with the Ministry of Education is held by the service and it is not part of a larger group or entity JOIN OR RENEW NOW $198.00 (less 10% discount when renewing before due date)
  • 2 licences with the Ministry of Education are held by the service JOIN OR RENEW NOW $350.00 (less 10% discount when renewing before due date)
  • 3 licences with the Ministry of Education are held by the service  JOIN OR RENEW NOW $398.00 (less 10% discount when renewing before due date)
  • 4 or up to 6 licences with the Ministry of Education are held by the service JOIN OR RENEW NOW $550.00 (less 10% discount when renewing before due date)
  • 7 or up to 10 licences with the Ministry of Education are held by the service JOIN OR RENEW NOW $698.00 (less 10% discount when renewing before due date)
  • 11 or up to 20 licences with the Ministry of Education are held by the service JOIN OR RENEW NOW $998.00 (less 10% discount when renewing before due date)
  • 21 or up to 100 licences with the Ministry of Education are held by the service  JOIN OR RENEW NOW $1,888.00 (less 10% discount when renewing before due date)
  • A service with 101 or more centres or licensed networks JOIN OR RENEW NOW $3,000.00 (less 10% discount when renewing before due date)

But should you prefer to use a printed copy of the membership application form instead of joining or renewing online then click on the following link to download a copy: pdfMembership Form.  Complete the form and then send it to us.

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  • Preschool Leader

    Having heard a colleague talk about how useful she had found their material I joined. ChildForum's replies to my queries are prompt, extremely informative & with a genuine personal touch. I am impressed by the commitment to research & courage in tackling the hard issues like the risks of poor quality care for under 2s
    Val Morrison (Small is Beautiful)
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Membership Options


Who is this for?
Teachers, Caregivers, Teacher Educators, Policy Advisors - any indivdual with an interest in ECE

$98.00 12 months from the date of joining
$60.00 6 months student-only

Choose your own personal username and password
(Note that this membership does not give access to specialist ECE Service members-only info and support) 

ECE Service Organisation

Who is this for?
Centres, home-based, hospital-based, playgroups ... established or newly licensed.

$198.00 12 months per standalone licensed service
Special rates for organisations with more than 1 licensed service

This membership gives access to professional & research materials enjoyed by individual members PLUS ECE service management area info and support. 

Library NZ-International Research
in ECE Journal Subscriber

Who is this for?
Universities, Polytechnics and organisations wishing to have online access to the NZ-Int Research in ECE journal (includes all past and current issues) 

$125.00 annual subscription, renewable in November each year

A username and password for your library users linked to your IP address.