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While you and your staff care for children all day, who’s caring about you and your business?

The Early Childhood Council provides a great range of services to help advance your business, develop your staff and ensure your success. We care about early childhood education and the people who work in this unique sector.

To find out who can join click here.

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(Registration process takes 7-10 business days to complete)


Members benefit from:

Great Value!

Great Help!

Great Representation!

  • Professional development workshops for members under $100

  • The biggest ECE conference for centre managers and their teaching staff

  • A wide range of preferred suppliers for goods and services you use – saving you $ each year!

  • Over 100 tools and templates to save you time and money

  • An excellent resource library of useful, relevant information on running a successful early childhood education centre

  • An affordable, comprehensive professional development programme

  • Weekly e-News keeps you informed

  • Quarterly Swings & Roundabouts magazine - sent freely to every licensed early childhood education centre in the country, containing articles on the latest happenings and issues facing our sector
  • Regional social networks of centre managers

  • Social media discussions (Facebook, Twitter)

  • An Employer’s Help Line with up to 15 minutes free legal advice

  • And single-issue advice on any ECE issue only a phone call away!

  • Regular surveys of you opinion on key sector issues

  • Influencing politicians and policy-makers

  • Involvement in key sector issues and projects

  • Leading significant sector projects

  • Your chance to be involved and have your voice heard!

Leaders in the sector

The Early Childhood Council are leaders in the sector, hosting the largest annual early childhood conference in New Zealand. Participants include early childhood education centre managers, committee members, owners, staff, students, government officials, training providers and more – all others with an interest in the care and education of children.

Who can join?

Membership is voluntary and available to all licensed independent early childhood centres managed by community owned, privately owned and voluntary groups. When you join the ECC, all the centres you own and operate join as a group.

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To apply for membership download and complete the appropriate application form:

  • Licensed Early Childhood Education Centre

For centres that are licensed, download a Membership Application and Renewal Form here (pdf, 102kb)

  • Centres not currently licensed

For centres that are not currently licensed but expect to be so within the next 12 months, download a Provisional Membership Form here (pdf, 110kb)


Post or email your completed application form together with your payment by cheque or credit card details to:

Administration Officer

The Early Childhood Council
P O Box 5649 Lambton Quay
Wellington 6145

Email: admin@ecc.org.nz

Phone: 0800 742 742 option 1

*Please note your membership will not be processed until full payment has been received.*

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