Our Team

Working as a reliever with ECE Consultants allows you some flexibility in your lifestyle.  Sometimes you may be booked in advance, other times you may be called for work that day. Bookings can be for a number of days or weeks, or just part of a day.

Qualifications in Early Childhood Education are desirable although not necessary.  Prior experience working with children outside of your whānau is necessary, preferably with the Under 5’s.  If you are unsure about your experience, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

Our team of relievers includes ECE qualified and registered teachers from a Centre manager level through to new graduates, primary registered teachers and experienced non-registered ECE educators, including those currently studying.

For some of our team, relieving for ECE Consultants is a short step in their career path and learning journey. Others have been in our team for over ten years.

Relieving enables:

  • you to spend time on the floor and earn extra income for educators who cannot or do not wish to work full-time for a variety of reasons;
  • new ECE graduates to make their first permanent career move the right one by first gaining experience with different philosophies and a reference before moving into a permanent role;
  • teachers approaching retirement to phase into full retirement (or return to the workforce a little – you are loving retirement but missing the children;
  • experience of different ECE philosophies and practices and an opportunity to enrich your practice.

Relieving is casual, on-call work. We cannot guarantee work.

Relieving also tends to be seasonal. The quietest period is in the summer with the summer holidays being especially quiet.

To join our team, you need to have:

  • a genuine enjoyment of working with and caring for children;
  • a desire to make a positive difference in children’s lives;
  • experience working with children outside of your whānau and preferably with the Under-5s;
  • reliable transport;
  • be able to work at short notice;
  • energetic, friendly, outgoing, approachable and able to show initiative;
  • be proactive and have a “can do” attitude;
  • be a good communicator.

Working with preschool children can be physically demanding, however it is also extremely rewarding. Childcare Centres are busy, often noisy environments.  There is never a dull moment, and always a funny story to share afterwards.

“…despite a tertiary qualification this field base experience has given me a far greater insight and knowledge to the diversity and uniqueness of each centre…my professional practice is so much richer for the experience the knowledge and skills.”


“… I have learnt so much about myself as a teacher… I was unsure of where I wanted to go to next and I was also unsure if I still had the passion to teach under-five year olds.  This I was able to answer in the first month working as a reliever. I loved the opportunity of being able to walk into a centre and adapt to their philosophy and see how different philosophies could work in the centres.  From these experiences I have thought about my own teaching philosophy and changed it dramatically…”

Apply to be a Reliever 

All relievers must comply with the Vulnerable Children’s Act 2014. This includes having a police vetting check done and providing certified copies of both a Primary and a Secondary ID. For many people this is a passport (Primary ID) and driver’s licence (Secondary ID).  A New Zealand birth certificate also qualifies as Primary ID but only if it is a full birth certificate that is issued on or after 1 January 1998 and that carries a unique identification number.

Full details are on the application form and of course you can call us for more information.

Qualified and Registered Teachers must also provide a certified copy of their ECE Level 7 qualification and current practising certificate.

Click here for details of how to apply.

If you would just like to talk to us about relieving, please don’t hesitate to call or email us.

We look forward to hearing from you.