ChildForum Early Childhood Education Nationwide Network
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About Joining as a Personal Member (one individual)

Individual member planAs an individual member you will enjoy personal access to essential information and a huge range of articles.  You can ask questions and get tips on any child care and early education matter any time from ChildForum's experts and fellow members.

But are you working at an ECE service or do you own or manage one? If you are you with an early childhood service you may choose to take out an ECE service membership instead. This is cost effective as it will give all members of your team access and as an  ECE Service member you will also have access to ECE service network, management and financial materials and templates. Click here if you want to find out more about joining as an ECE Service member instead

You will love being part of and belonging to our awesome early childhood network. 

While ChildForum is based in NZ we have members from many different countries who participate and contribute.

Individual members can list their ChildForum membership status on their CV to give that extra edge when applying for a job or seeking promotion.

It is great that as a member you'll be getting information that other members are getting and you will not be missing out or be left behind.

There is nothing more frustrating than searching for information and not finding what you are looking for ... or coming up with stuff that has only minimal relevance and usefulness to your situation or context. This is how 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.

An individual membership also includes free subscription to the NZ-International Research in ECE Journal giving you more than 18 years of published research articles on a very wide range of early childhood, teaching, parenting, research, and policy topics and issues.

Should you work for an early childhood education service such as a preschool or home-based ECE, there is an option of upgrading your ECE service membership to an ECE service membership. The membership then belongs to your service and covers all members of your team. Your ECE service member password will also give access to management and ECE service specific operational information and other ECE service financial and promotional benefits not available to individual members. To find out more about this type of membership CLICK HERE.

Who Can Join

Anyone can apply and join as an individual member (some conditions apply click here to read more).

How to Join or Renew Your Membership

The easy on-line option: Click on the JOIN NOW button below. Type in your details for membership sign-up.  Also choose your own username and password for access to all individual member category articles, discussions, and materials.

The paper option: pdf download a copy of the member application and renewal form - complete the form and then send it to us at the ChildForum office.

The Costs

A single one-off membership fee of $98.00 for a full 12 months from the date of joining.  No bank fees and no new member joining fee is charged. GST is not applicable.

Are you a student? We are now offering a special 6 month membership option of $60.00 for students enrolled in a full-time course of study (note that evidence of student status may be requested).

Membership is renewable on a 12 month/ 365 day basis (or 6 month basis for students) from the date of joining.  Should you wish to cancel at any time (we hope you don't) you need to let us know or it will be assumed membership is continuing and a fee for renewing for a further period will be charged.

Subscription Rates

  • JOIN NOW $98.00 - 12 months (1 year)
  • JOIN NOW $60.00 - 6 months, only for full-time students

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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?
This plan is for any person who works with children or has an interest in early childcare and early childhood education.

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

Your own personal username and password.

ECE Service 

Who is this for?
Centres, home-based, hospital-based, playgroups ... licensed or new set-ups.

$198.00 12 months from the date of joining
Does your ECE group have more than 1 service? See our discounted rates

A shared username and password for your team or ECE group.

Library NZ-International Research
in ECE Journal Subscriber

Who is this for?
Universities, Polytechnics and organisations wishing to have access to all past and current NZIRECE published journal and its articles. Hundreds of research articles!

$125.00 annual renewable in November each year

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