Preferred Supplier Programme

The ECC Preferred Supplier 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. If you are a member, please click here to access information for Preferred Suppliers.

Our current Preferred Suppliers are (in alphabetical order): 


Whether you are looking to purchase or expand an existing childcare business, establish a new purpose-built centre, or review your current banking we can assist with flexible financing solutions, specialist banking expertise and invaluable connections to help you succeed. Our ECC banking package for business owners offers special benefits that can help you stay on top of your money.

Package eligibility, ANZ’s lending criteria, terms, conditions & fees apply.

Black Door Law

Black Door Law is a boutique employment law firm which puts people at the centre of what we do. Our lawyers’ legal technical knowledge is a given. 

Our strength is the relationships we hold and build to create a true partnership with those we work with. We work together with our clients to get the best possible tailored solution for them because every situation is different. No tick the box or template processes here, just legally solid solutions and practical, sharp and friendly advice.

Black Door Law is the Early Childhood Council’s preferred supplier for employment law advice and operate the ECC Employer Helpline. The helpline provides 20 minute free consultations to all financial members of the ECC.

Buddle Findlay

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

Our national employment team's focus is on helping our clients achieve what they want, based on a clear understanding of their risks and shared decision-making on strategy. We take into account not only the legal risks, but the various other risks and aims that go hand-in-hand with employment issues. We also recognise that employment relationship problems often move very quickly. We are accessible and respond accordingly. We are also proactive in keeping our clients up to date.


Candidex connects educators with ECE centres in New Zealand, only we do it a little differently. 

As the Early Childhood Council's preferred recruitment partner, we provide an innovative and fit for purpose recruitment solution to ECE providers up and down the country. Our game changing subscription model is designed with you, the provider in mind to enable you to access recruitment support and a pipeline of experienced and vetted teachers, including internationally experienced teachers who are ready to relocate to New Zealand

Gallagher - Child Proof

Early Childhood Business Insurance & Risk Management

2000 Early Childhood Centres, Kindergartens and Playcentres around New Zealand are covered by Gallagher's (formerly Crombie Lockwood) exclusive package Child Proof.

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


Kindello is revolutionising the way parents find and choose early childhood education. Like an Airbnb for early learning, Kindello offers a centralised platform where parents can discover and book tours to centres instantly, tailored to their preferences. With real reviews from other parents, Kindello provides all options in one place.

For early learning services Kindello is a game-changer, offering a backend system that efficiently manages enquiries, processes bookings, and schedules visits. This allows you to focus on education and care while saving time and money. Kindello is more enrolments, less admin.

A Kindello Pro subscription supercharges your experience, with:

  • More views, enquiries and bookings,
  • Higher ranking in search results,
  • Better listings,
  • And access to exclusive features such as video and file sharing.


Mercury is helping move Aotearoa New Zealand to a low emissions future through generating electricity from 100% renewable sources: hydro, geothermal and wind. Whether you're after electricity, gas, broadband or mobile for your home our business, we've got you covered!

ECC members can receive a discount off their total Mercury invoice amount, simply mention your membership with the ECC at the time of joining or give them a call to have ECC pricing linked to your account. Note that this discount is currently offered to members at an employer level only, though Mercury has many other great residential offers available for staff and families.

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 ECC members.


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

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!

One New Zealand 

Upgrade your phone or broadband set-up and help make your everyday business more efficient, with great, exclusive ECC member business and personal offers from the Member Benefit scheme partner – One New Zealand

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.


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.

William Buck

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.

William Buck can audit your special purpose financial report, which is then filed with the Ministry of Education, a service that your accountant cannot perform. 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, you can have your annual audit done for a base fee of $875+GST.

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

Waterford PressWaterford Press have been the official publishers of the ECC's quarterly magazine, Swings & Roundabouts, since 2015. Each issue features an assortment of relevant articles, updates from the ECC and our Chief Executive, as well as various sector related advertising. Swings & Roundabouts is distributed free of charge to ECE providers nationwide and is also available to read and download on the ECCwebsite
If you are interested in submitting an article for the next issue of Swings & Roundabouts, or would like to showcase your ECE centre, please get in touch with our editor Trudi Sutcliffe at
For all advertising enquiries, please contact Catherine Norton from Waterford Press at or phone 03 983 5526. 

Why was the Preferred Supplier Programme established?

The ECC established the Preferred Supplier Programme to help member centres access a range of goods and services at favourable rates.

Choosing goods and services from an ECC-accredited 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 could result in significant time and financial savings. 

Accessing a Preferred Supplier is solely an option for member centres, who can choose to continue with their existing suppliers or access goods and services through one of ECC's Preferred Suppliers. The Preferred Supplier Programme is not in competition with other suppliers of goods and services you may wish to access, nor does the programme necessarily offer a superior level of service.