Work for us

BestStart is the umbrella organisation representing over 260 early childhood education and childcare centres from Whangarei to Invercargill. We are the leader in quality early learning education with around 4500 awesome staff. This includes four regional management teams across the country to support our centres.

At BestStart we’re committed to supporting and promoting early childhood education (ECE) as a profession to be proud of. We seek dedicated people with a similar vision to join us, because our kids deserve the best we can offer. At BestStart, we ensure we offer excellent professional development opportunities. We wholeheartedly get behind our staff on their learning journeys, from unqualified to provisional to qualified to head teacher to centre manager.

Strong team

Our people feel inspired every day, because every day we can make a difference.  Our teams are close-knit, supportive and love to have fun. We have a hugely diverse team but all come together with our common purpose - that’s what makes our work environment really special. We see this inspiration every day in the extraordinary effort our teams go to to provide outstanding experiences for our tamariki, from organising Regional Rippa Rugby competitions, amazing Matariki celebrations for the whole community to those small and meaningful moments when a teacher helps a child truly unlock their spark.  These are all moments we are collectively proud of at BestStart.

Excellence in education

We’re committed to being a progressive and responsive leader in early childhood education.  We do this by investing in our people, developing our structure,  innovating, reflecting, and continuously improving the educational outcomes and experiences of our children, families and communities we serve. Just like each of us, each of our centres are different.  They are part of their own communities with unique people, places, history and culture. We encourage our centres to build their own identities to ensure they are always highly relevant and engaged with their own community’s culture.

Supportive of your learning journey

We’re proud to support our staff on their professional learning journeys, growing and developing each person’s contribution towards achieving our  aspirations for children.  We believe that matching great people to the right roles ultimately creates the best outcomes for the children and families who use our services. Our size means BestStart can offer staff professional development that many smaller organisations are unable to. We take great pride in this commitment to develop our people based on current best practice principles.  As well as investing in you, this means we offer our families the best staff, teaching practice and outcomes for children.

Our support structure

We have four amazing regional management teams, within these are Business Managers and Professional Services Managers that care for and support centres to meet the learning needs of all ākonga and the needs of each community. It’s also their passion to support the learning and development of our teaching teams. We also have two national offices, in Tauranga and in Auckland, filled with dedicated and committed specialists to provide  support to our centres. We have a great internal shared resource called Te Mātāpuna, where BestStart teachers can find out more about our organisation structure and all our teams across New Zealand. BestStart teachers can also keep an eye on Te Mātāpuna for the latest news, announcements, - as well professional development information and important documents. 

We're a registered charity

BestStart is a registered charity.  We are owned by the Wright Family Foundation, also a registered charity.  After meeting the resourcing and development needs of BestStart, surpluses can go to BestStarts supported by the Wright Family Foundation.  These include Plunket, The New Zealand Spelling Bee, the Kids’ Lit Quiz, the Graeme Dingle Foundation’s Stars Programme and House of Science (to name just a few).

Did you know?

  • We pay for your certification and your first aid certificate
  • All our teachers get Southern Cross health insurance
  • We provide up to 5 extra sick days to all our staff
  • We offer relocation assistance to teachers wanting to get a new role in a new town
  • We have annual excellence awards each year to celebrate our most successful centres
  • Our students can get financial assistance while on practicum. 
  • We have a highly developed Mentoring and Induction programme for our PCTs