Preferred Suppliers

About the ECC Member Benefit Programme

The ECC Member Benefit Programme involves the provision of a range of goods and services from ECC-contracted Preferred Suppliers to ECC member centres at favourable rates and may include additional benefits to the ECC.

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Why was the Member Benefit Programme established?

The ECC established the Member Benefit Programme (MBP) to help member centres access a range of goods and services at favourable rates.

Choosing these types of services from an ECC-accredited MBP provider means that member centres will not have to go through the hassle of finding your own supplier, or one with an understanding of the early childhood sector, and may mean significant savings. Selecting a Preferred Supplier is solely an option for member centres. Member centres, as customers, can choose to continue with their existing Preferred Suppliers or access the goods and services they want from one of our Preferred Suppliers. The MBP is not in competition with other suppliers of goods and services you may wish to access from suppliers of your choice, nor does the programme necessarily offer a superior level of service.

What do the preferred suppliers have to do to get on to the MBP?

ECC’s Preferred Suppliers are generally approached by the ECC. We go through a rigorous selection process to ensure consistency with our goals and philosophy and to ensure that the goods and services and terms by which they are offered to our member centres are attractive and appropriate to meet your needs.

Criteria

Definition

Reputation

The provider must have a solid positive reputation in our sector

Product / Service range

Product / service range must be relevant to ECE centres and available nationally, with good pre and post sales service, payment arrangements, distribution arrangements, etc.

Exclusivity

The product / service range or the offer to ECC members must be exclusive to ECC members and must be of reasonable benefit compared to other offerings made by the supplier or its competitors to the wider ECE sector

Likely Demand

Must be able to demonstrate an appreciation of the decision to buy remaining with each member centre; and what the size of the overall demand for the product/service range is likely to be.

Must achieve a “win’win’win” (for the ECC member, the supplier and the ECC)

Appeal to ECE centres

Messaging to ECC members must be tailored and reflect an understanding of their business and operating environment

Partnership

The ECC is looking for a preferred supplier who keeps in touch, actively understands our members and takes an interest in our business in a collaborative fashion.

Activity

The ECC is looking for a preferred supplier that wants to work at the relationship and is not a passive partner.

All Preferred Suppliers sign a minimum-12 month agreement with the ECC and are evaluated annually based on your feedback. If they fall below our expectation of service and satisfaction with our members, we will replace them on the programme.

What can preferred suppliers offer?

Preferred suppliers will be able to:

  • Offer you a specific range of goods and services at discounted prices
  • Offer you terms that reflect the nature of the sector we are in.

How do we know what specific goods or services are available from each Preferred Supplier?

Each Preferred Supplier must clearly identify the specific goods and services that are available under the programme to our members on their ECC website page.

There may be other goods and services available through each Preferred Supplier, but these will not be promoted on our website. This is to protect each of our Preferred Suppliers and to ensure no conflicts or overlaps in goods and services. A condition of the agreement we sign with each Preferred Supplier is exclusivity for the agreed range of goods and services.

Preferred Supplier Contract for Goods and Services

The ECC establishes a contract with each Preferred Supplier outlining roles and responsibilities.

ECC Preferred Suppliers

Preferred Supplier

Brief Description

BNZ

is available to help you and your child care business be good with money, no matter the size of your business – small or large.

BNZ have products and services designed specifically with Small Businesses in mind. Visit your local BNZ store, email BNZ_SME@bnz.co.nz or phone 0800 269 763 to find out how your business can get the Small Business Edge.

Buddle Findlay

is one of New Zealand's leading commercial law firms with offices in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch.

Together with the Early Childhood Council, Buddle Findlay runs the "ECC-Buddle Findlay Employers’ Advice Line” for centre owners and managers, to assist with employment related queries or concerns. Early Childhood Council members can access up to 15 minutes advice over the phone, at no cost to the centre. If you have an issue that requires a greater level of assistance, we are happy to help or to refer you to other advisers.

NZ Childcare Finance

Access your next bulk funding payments early.

Exclusive to ECC members, NZ Childcare Finance can bring forward up to 40% of your next bulk funding payment, so that you can use the funds to pay everyday expenses and wages before the due date. This facility is unique to the childcare sector, and is proving very popular among members.

Applying is extremely straightforward, and advances are typically the same or next day.

All information can be found on www.childcarefinance.co.nz or by calling Lena Thomson on 0800 777-559.

ChildProof Insurance

Early Childhood Business Insurance & Risk Management

1200 early Childhood Centres, Kindergartens and Play centres around New Zealand are covered by Crombie Lockwood’s exclusive product Childproof.

Childproof is a specialised insurance solution designed to ensure your centre financially survives any insurance event.

Please visit https://www.childproof.co.nz/benefits which lists the advantages of insuring with Childproof.

To find out more or if you would like a broker to contact you visit https://www.childproof.co.nz/

Educa

is a web-based portfolio system specifically designed for New Zealand ECE centres. It significantly improves your communication with parents/whanau and enables you to save on non-contact time and printing cost. It provides a secure and interactive environment where teachers and parents/whanau can share learning stories, photos and videos and collaborate on children's learning. Educa offers ECE members 10% off on standard monthly subscription.

Mercury

Being an ECC member gets you a higher Prompt Payment Discount of 12%, and the best pricing Mercury can offer you when you sign-up to the ECC Mercury Energy Plan. Plus, earn a $50 credit for every parent or staff member, who mentions your centre and the special ECC code when they join Mercury online.

Office Max

Make fantastic savings on the huge range of products offered by Office Max.

The scheme offers special prices to ECC Members only. There are no fees; ECC Members just have to register to be able to access the special savings on products such as writing instruments, paper and card, art and craft supplies, general stationery, teaching resources and textbooks, furniture and storage, sports equipment, and more!

Rubiix Accountants

has developed an accounting service package exclusively for Early Childhood Education (ECE) providers. Their system is designed to improve the performance of your enterprise by giving you more time to focus on your core business, better information for decision making and improved compliance with Early Childhood Education (ECE) and IRD requirements.

To find out more please contact Mark Salmon. Email: msalmon@rubiix.co.nz; Phone: 09 302 2268; Mobile: 021 274 4740; or visit our website: www.rubiix.co.nz

Sharp

offers ECC members exclusive deals on photocopiers at greatly reduced prices. The agreement between Sharp and the ECC also enables all staff in centres on the scheme that purchase a Sharp photocopier to buy a wide variety of other Sharp products such as microwaves, televisions, audio equipment, DVD players at wholesale prices.

Call Donald Cruickshank on (09) 920 4136

William Buck Christmas Gouwland

With an increasingly strict and frequently changing regulatory environment there is a growing demand for organisations to provide transparent and reliable financial information to the Ministry of Education and stakeholders alike.

We can audit your special purpose financial report which is then filed with the Ministry of Education, a service that your accountant cannot perform. It is a simple and easy process; with you in mind, we have specifically designed brochures and templates to ensure that you provide us with the exact information we need to make the experience as painless as possible.

You can have confidence that our regulatory audit service is conducted with a key focus on quality assurance, and is fully compliant with the Ministry of Education’s requirements.

For privately owned centres – Your annual audit: Base Fee $795+GST.

Due to the extra work involved additional fees may apply if you have multiple licences, equity funding, additional expenses requiring testing, or are a home-based centre.

To discuss further please contact:

Alison Anderson, Director

Email: Alison.Anderson@wbcg.co.nz

or audit@wbcg.co.nz