The ECC is the largest representative body of quality, licensed early childhood centres in New Zealand.  We have more than 1,100 member centres, 30% of which are community-owned and 70% of which are privately-owned.  Our membership employs thousands of teachers, and educates tens of thousands of children.  We have Pasifika and Maori members, Christian, Montessori and Steiner, and many with no special affiliation. We believe families have the right to choose from this educational diversity that which they believe is best for their own children.

Our member centres range from providing quality early childhood education services for six child places to over 150 child places and are spread throughout the country.  Membership is voluntary, and open to all licensed independent early childhood centres.

We offer members up-to-the-minute information, support and advice as well as representing their views with those who influence our sector.

The ECC is committed to supporting successful management of ECE centres, and in doing so, has developed this website as a tool to help managers across the ECE sector locate and recruit suitable staff.

If you have any questions regarding this website or the activities of the ECC, please do not hesitate in contacting us directly at or on 0800 742 742.