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Early childhood teachers work in kindergartens (state-run early childhood centres) or in private education centres.
There are three main qualifications for this occupation:
Bachelor of Teaching (Early Childhood Education) – three year course
Graduate Diploma of Teaching (Early Childhood Education) – one year course
Diploma of Teaching (Early Childhood Education) – three year course.
Starting salaries for early childhood teacher range from $34,000 to $45,000 depending on qualifications. Experienced early childhood teachers in senior positions can earn between $60,000 and $85,000.
For comparison, the average hourly wage in New Zealand for the quarter ending 30 September 2012 was $27.31 according to Statistics New Zealand. This would give an annual salary of around $53,000, working standard full-time hours.
Early Childhood Teacher Salaries / Wages in 2012-2013
|Position||Salary / Wage $||Location|
|Qualified Early Childhood Teacher||50,000 – 60,000||Auckland|
|Qualified Early Childhood Teacher||25 – 35 per hour||Auckland|
|Early Childhood Centre Manager||50,000||Auckland|
|Montessori Focused Early Childhood Teacher||24 – 26 per hour||Auckland|
|Early Childhood Teacher||48,000 – 52,000||Auckland|
|Experienced Under 2′s Early Childhood Teacher||27 per hour||Auckland|
|Part-time Early Childhood Teacher||25 – 30 per hour||Wellington|
|Early Childhood Teacher||24 – 28 per hour||Christchurch|
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