Ara Early Learning Centre Canterbury

Early childhood teacher, infants and toddlers

Early learning / kōhanga reo, Kindergarten teacher

English, Health and physical education, Learning languages, Mathematics and statistics, Science, Social sciences, Technology, Te reo Māori, The arts, Hauora, Hangarau, Ngā Reo, Ngā Toi, Te Reo Māori, Te Reo Pākehā, Tikanga ā-iwi, Pāngarau, Pūtaiao, Belonging / Mana Whenua, Contribution / Mana Tangata, Communication / Mana Reo, Exploration / Mana Aotūroa, Well-being / Mana Atua

Listed 9:40 AM 28 February 2020
Closes 12am 15 March 2020
Vacancy reference #: 1HA5zM

38 hours per week.

This is a unique opportunity to join a team of professionals who lead from the heart in an environment where tamariki flourish. Our nursery has a roll of 8 infants and toddlers with a ratio that fluctuates between 1:3 and 1:4.

Key responsibilities:

  • To work in partnership with whānau to provide a loving, responsive and engaging environment which supports the learning and development of tamariki
  • To support a sense of belonging and to guide the social and emotional development of infants, toddlers and tamariki through manakitanga within a calm, unhurried environment where uninterrupted play is strongly valued
  • To plan for and prepare an environment that sparks a sense of wonder, imagination and fun and provokes curiosity and exploration
  • To share about tamariki wellbeing and social and emotional development through conversations, written documentation, kaiako and whānau meetings
  • To embrace the centre virtues of love, kindness, peace, compassion and unity and work from the heart in a spirit of shared leadership and collaboration with fellow kaiako
  • A commitment to self-awareness and self-growth, whilst maintaining a strong sense of wellbeing and resilience.


  • Registered early childhood teacher
  • Diploma of Teaching (ECE) or Bachelor of Teaching and Learning (early childhood)
  • Current first aid certificate
  • Relevant experience in an early childhood setting, including a passion for supporting the learning and development of infants and toddlers
  • Sound knowledge of child development
  • Sound knowledge of Te Whāriki
  • Some understanding of RIE and Pikler approach would be an advantage
  • Knowledge and understanding of Te Tiriti o Waitangi in relation to care and education of infants and toddlers
  • Proven ability to foster strong and respectful relationships with children and whānau from diverse backgrounds and to work as part of a close, collaborative team.

How to apply

We accept applications via our online application system. To view a job description and to apply, please visit:
(03) 940 8623

Vacancy link:

Vacancy reference #:1HA5zM

Listed 9:40 AM 28 February 2020
Closes 12am 15 March 2020

Ara Early Learning Centre NZ

ECE centre details

Ara Early Learning Centre

Type: Education and Care Service
Maximum licenced places: 49

Service ID: 70341
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Physical address:
130 Madras Street, Christchurch Central, Christchurch

Postal Address:
P O Box 540, Christchurch Mail Centre, Christchurch 8140