Become a member

Membership with the Early Childhood Council unlocks a range of benefits for your service and its staff. Join today and be part of a community committed to driving positive outcomes in the early childhood education sector.

Becoming a member

What are the benefits?

  • Advocacy and representation: Have your opinions heard and get involved in key sector issues and projects. We actively engage with policymakers to influence positive change and ensure that ECE issues and interests are heard.
  • Expert knowledge and advice: Access up to date information and a wealth of resources to help you navigate compliance and best practice. Access our free exclusive employment law and financial advice helplines.
  • Discounts on professional development: Enjoy significant discounts on online workshops and webinars, as well as our annual ECC conference.
  • Exclusive events: Attend member-only events online and in-person. Grow your professional network and enjoy connecting with your peers.
  • Preferred supplier discounts: Access an extensive range of discounted goods, services and special offers for your business and its staff through our Preferred Supplier Programme.

Eligibility and membership types

Membership is available to all independent education and care centres in New Zealand. When you join as a member, all centres under the same ownership join as a group. 

Full membership is for education and care services, that are currently licensed. Your annual subscription fee is calculated based on your total number of licensed places.

Provisional membership is for education and care services, that are not currently licensed but expect to be within the next 12 months. The annual subscription fee is $415 (exclusive of GST). You can download the provisional member application here.

Our membership subscription year runs from 1 April to 30 March. If you join during the year, subscriptions are charged on a pro rata basis up to the end of December. 

Ready to apply?

Use the buttons below to start the application process to become a member of the Early Childhood Council. Alternatively, click here to download a PDF application form.

If you have any questions or need assistance, please contact: or call 04 471 0390. We look forward to welcoming you to our organisation.

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