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. 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

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.


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.

Find out more about our exclusive pilot programme for ECC Members here.

Crombie Lockwood - Childproof

Early Childhood Business Insurance & Risk Management

2000 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.


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.

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.


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.


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.

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 $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.

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.