Census 2013 Statistics on ECE Teachers

Publication Details

Statistics NZ’s Census collects a comprehensive set of data on early childhood education (ECE) teachers. Much of this information is additional to the type of data collected by the Ministry of Education. This paper summarises the findings from the 2013 Census.

Author(s): Andrew Morrison, Early Childhood Education Analysis Team [Ministry of Education]

Date Published: October 2014

Executive Summary

Statistics New Zealand’s 2013 Census recorded 23,580 people as having worked as ECE teachers in March 2013. They had the following characteristics.

     
  • ECE teachers tend to be younger than the general working population and a lot younger than teachers in the other education sectors.
  • While most ECE teachers are European, their proportion of Māori, Pasifika and Asian teachers is higher than for the general working population and for teachers in the other education sectors.
  • Māori teachers tend to be younger than other ECE teachers, and Pasifika teachers tend to be older.
  • Very few ECE teachers are men.  European teachers have the lowest percentage that is male and Māori teachers the highest.
  • ECE teachers tend to work fewer hours a week than the general working population and teachers in other the education sectors.
  • Likewise, the annual income of ECE teachers tends to be lower than the general working population and especially compared with teachers in other education sectors.
  • The proportion of ECE teachers with a bachelor degree or higher qualification is higher than is the case with the general working population but lower than for teachers in the other education sectors. 
  • The proportion of ECE teachers with a bachelor degree or higher tends to be higher for:
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    • Younger teachers (apart from very young teachers)
    • Asian teachers
    • Teachers working longer hours a week
    • Teachers with higher annual income.
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