ChildForum Office of Pre-Primary Education

ChildForum Office of Pre-Primary EducationLead advisor on early childhood care and education 
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Publisher of the New Zealand-International Research in Early Childhood Journal


Quick Notices 21 Sept 2020


  1. Funding and support to establish new centres
  2. This week is NZ Sign Language Week (21st - 27th Sept)
  3. Job ads
  4. Wages and Employee Benefits Guide (2020 - 2021) - this is now available!  

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1. Support to establish new centres

The Ministry of Education requires Supplier(s) to establish and operate an early learning service in existing Ministry of Education owned buildings located at: Onewhero, Waikato, and Clover Park, Auckland. The successful provider/s will have access to the site and building based on a lease agreement executed between the Ministry and the successful Supplier(s). The Ministry of Education is looking for a Supplier that has the capability, resources, and finance to provide a long term sustainable service over a 10 year period. The Supplier needs to have experience in providing high quality education, relevant networks and demonstrate effective community engagement.
The Ministry will not be providing funds towards this opportunity.

There will be the opportunity to view each site. Project A – Onewhero on 02.10.2020, 10.30am- 1.00pm. Project B – Clover Park on 01.10.2020, 10.30am – 1.00pm. Please register your interest to attend by contacting This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Please note any questions that you may have will need to be processed through GETS.


2. This week is NZ Sign Language Week (21st - 27th Sept)

NZ Sign Language (NZSL) is one of the three official languages of NZ and all ECE services and teachers need a basic understanding of it. Hearing children can become more understanding of differences and Deaf children can experience an environment where they feel welcome and supported.

  • Why learn and use NZSL in early childhood education settings
  • Reasons for teaching and communicating in NZSL even if there are no Deaf children at the service
  • Things for teachers to consider
  • Lots of ways you can incorporate NZSL into your teaching and the service
  • Where to go for more information
  • Links to articles on baby sign language, teacher hearing loss, and related information

Tap or click on the link to go to the article: sign language in early education and care


3. Job ads

Go to full details of the jobs here

You are welcome to post a jobs advert or buy/ sell advert

New teaching position in the beautiful Coromandel
"We are community-based centre and a well-resourced centre. We are surrounded by nature and therefore our curriculum is inspired by the nature that surrounds us and the many outdoor experiences that our tamariki and whānau experience. We are therefore looking for someone to lead our environmental-sustainable journey. If you wish to teach in a centre where relationships are the forefront of your teaching practices and making connections with the local curriculum is part of pedagogy, then this could be the teaching job you aspire to. This is a permanent 5 day a week position, for approximately 35 hours per week."

Kaiārahi/Kaiako Matua/Kindergarten Co-ordinator - Kapiti Coast
"It is a unique role and can be adapted slightly to suit the right individual. We have two kindergarten locations on the Kapiti Coast, 45 minutes from Wellington. We are looking for an enthusiastic and flexible individual to lead our friendly and committed team from 2021 onward. We are looking to grow our kindergarten and playgroup sessions even further to meet our growing waiting list." 

Qualified ECE teacher - East Tamaki
Our "centre is looking for a passionate Qualified Teacher to join our team. We are a Bilingual, Christian based Centre inspired by Reggio Emilia." 

Qualified ECE teacher - Manurewa
Our "centre, plays a vital role in the local community by providing children and parents with a quality early education service that is safe, warm welcoming and Pacific. We are a small team of 5 teachers dedicated to providing our children with a varied, active and relevant programme to give them the best possible start in education." 

NZ certificated teacher - Hobsonville
We are "a well-established privately-owned centre dedicated to providing high quality care and education for our children aged 2-5 years in a mixed aged environment. If you are looking for a long-term position, contact us." 


4. A guide to ECE wages and employee benefits (2020 - 2021)

The wages guide can help you stay up to speed with average wage rates around the country and employee benefits that services provide as part of the total remuneration package. (It’s for all licensed services, centres and home-based)

The guide is published by ChildForum, and it can be found at this link: Wages and Employee Benefits Guide

It gives you access to information to research and compare average wages and see if you are paying enough, about right, or too much. You can check out what other employers are offering to their employees in the way of benefits, and what staff perceive to be benefits or not, to determine what you might or might not need to also offer.

This guide helps you to make informed remuneration decisions.

In the guide you will find:

1. Discussion of pressure on wage rates since the start of 2020

2. Average wage rates in the services of the big players (e.g. Provincial, Evolve, Kindercare, BestStart, Rainbow Group/PORSE, Barnardos).  Also, average wage rates: 

  • in all services that are not one of the big players
  • in private centres
  • in community-based centres
  • in private homebased
  • in community-based homebased

3. In different regions

4. For different teaching staff (e.g. relief teachers, unqualified teachers, in-training teachers, qualified primary but no practising certificate, qualified ECE but no practising certificate, centre manager or home-based manager (certificated), centre manager or home-based manager (not certificated), leader/manager in charge of more than one centre or home-based licence, etc.)

5. For qualified and certificated teachers who have a higher degree, and for qualified and certificated teachers from beginner to experienced teachers.

6. Wage rates that will make your service competitive with kindergartens and schools for qualified and certificated teachers. Education and care centres already paying their teaching staff wages at pay parity rates and why they do this.

7. Employee benefits:

  • The most common benefits offered
  • The most unusual (and even whacky) benefits offered
  • Staff views on when is a benefit not really a benefit?  And, the strings attached to ‘benefits’ that upset staff

Go the the  Wages and Employee Benefits Guide


Have staff asked for a pay rise?  Is it time to review what you pay your staff? You may also be interested in learning about how, and when, to carry out staff Pay Reviews   

See too the online guide for employing and managing staff – it covers topics from finding to firing staff and everything in between.  Go to the Employing and Managing Staff Guide.  



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