Shortage of early childhood teachers
Demand for early childhood teachers is expected to continue to grow due to a shortage of qualified and experienced early childhood teachers. There are also gaps left by many early childhood teachers leaving or retiring.
According to the Census, 30,798 early childhood teachers worked in New Zealand in 2018. However, this is not enough to meet demand.
As a result, early childhood (pre-primary school) teacher appears on Immigration New Zealand's regional skill shortage list. This means the Government is actively encouraging skilled early childhood teachers from overseas to work in New Zealand.
Strong demand for speakers of te reo Māori and Pacific languages
Demand for early childhood teachers who speak and teach te reo Māori or Pacific languages is strong. Teach NZ offer scholarships to speakers of te reo Māori and Pacific languages to encourage them to train as early childhood teachers.
Types of employers varied
Early childhood teachers may work for:
- education and care centres
- teacher-led home-based care agencies
- kōhanga reo.