Registered early childhood education teachers
What We Have Found
The proportion of early childhood education teachers who are registered has been rising over time.
Date Updated: July 2012
The proportion of early childhood education teachers who are registered with the New Zealand Teachers’ Council (NZTC).
Why This Is ImportantChildren benefit from participation in quality early childhood education services. Quality is achieved through a number of interacting factors such as the interaction of the ratio of trained adults to children, the number of children (or group size) and the qualification levels of teachers.
One of the ways to improve the quality of early childhood education is to increase the number of qualified and registered early childhood education teachers. Teacher registration ensures the quality of teachers because it shows that newly graduated teachers have completed suitable teacher education programmes and are supervised and supported through an advice and guidance programme. Gaining full registration and maintaining practice certificates assures currency of professional knowledge and practice.
How We Are GoingThe proportion of teachers who are registered with the NZTC has increased from 34.7% in 2002 to 70.8% in 2011. Since 2006, the proportion of teachers qualified has been about the same as the proportion who were registered. For 2011, 69.1% of teachers were qualified and 70.8% were registered.
The proportion of teachers who were registered increased significantly in 2005, due to the combined impact of: the requirement that all Persons Responsible in ECE be registered; additional funding incentives; and the teacher registration targets implemented in 2007. Previous to then, many qualified teachers had not taken the additional step of becoming registered.
A higher proportion of European/Pākehā teachers are registered than is the case with other ethnic groups. However, Pasifika teachers had the greatest increase, with almost seven times the number of registrations since 2002. By 2011, 73.1% of European/Pākehā teachers were registered, 65.3% of Pasifika teachers, 70.2% of Asian teachers, and 60.3% of Māori teachers.
The trend of teachers who are registered is largely shaped by the registration trend of Education and Care Service teachers who employ 84.2% of early childhood education teachers. Almost all Home-based Service network co-ordinators and Kindergarten teachers are registered. By 2011, 66.2% of Education and Care Service teachers were registered, 95.9% of Kindergarten teachers, and 99.2% of Home-based Service network co-ordinators.
- Farquhar, S. E. (2003). Quality Teaching Early Foundations: Best Evidence Synthesis. Wellington: Ministry of Education.
- Cameron, M. and Baker, R. (2004). Research on Initial Teacher Education in New Zealand: 1993-2004. Wellington: New Zealand Council for Education Research.
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Where to Find Out MoreRelated ECE Indicators
For other indicators on early childhood education please visit: Affordability of ECE Participation in ECE Provision of ECE Services ECE Statistics & Publications
For a large range of statistics on ECE services, provision (including waiting times), and ECE related publications please visit: Statistics on ECE Registered
Teachers ECE Statistics ECE Publications Websites of Interest
For a large range of other information on ECE in New Zealand please visit: ECE Lead website