ChildForum Early Childhood Education Nationwide Network
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We are sure your service will be delighted with the benefits of being part of ChildForum. 

Join us if you have a strong commitment to quality - to providing an early childhood service that is safe for children, safe for staff, supports parents and families well, meets standards, and aims for excellence in practices.

Become a member now

(or renew your membership at the link below)

ECE service member plan

1. Enjoy 24/7 access to essential information. Have access also to guides, and education expert and economic management insights.  

2. Get unique information and analysis that only ChildForum provides.

3. Be well-informed and up-to-date. Never worry about missing out

4. Have concrete evidence of your service's commitment to quality. Only the best services can join ChildForum because services that do not uphold the ECE Service Code of Ethical Conduct or do not show a commitment to improving can have their membership withdrawn. 

5. Free promotional listing of your service's contact details on My ECE, including a direct link to your website and phone number for parents looking for childcare  (www.myece.org.nz)

6. Free registered user status for the Parent Survey tool PLUS free analysis of responses and a confidential pdf report prepared by the research team at ChildForum (worth minimum of $260.00 per licensed service).  No longer will you have to be bothered with designing and carrying out your own parent surveys for feedback - it will be done professionally, independently and with a survey instrument that has been well tested and tried in hundreds of different early childhood services across NZ. (see more details on the Parent Survey)

7. Get discounts and/or preferential customer support with external suppliers that have a strong reputation in the sector - such as 'Storypark' for online portfolios and 'Edusafe' for staff training in manual handling and worker health and safety.

8. Ask questions and pick up tips on child care and early education matters from ChildForum's experts and fellow members through our Forum.

9. Have complementary/free access to all past and current issues of the NZ-International Research in ECE Journal - giving a vast library of 20 years of published research articles on a very wide range of early childhood, teaching, parenting, research, and policy topics and issues.

10. Grow your team's professional capacity as their  knowledge and understanding increases, they implement new ideas and strategies for better outcomes, and their professional identity is affirmed.

ChildForum membership can save you money, time and energy because we have so much information and knowledge all in one place at ChildForum - and if you can't find what you are looking for you can ask. 


Who Can Join

Any licensed early childhood service and service group can apply for membership (some conditions apply click here to read more).

Should your service hold more than one licence then the membership fee payable is calculated on the basis of the number of licences held. If your service has 2 licensed centres or home-based networks then the fee as a new member is $350.00. If your service holds 3 licences the fee is $398.00. See below for the full list of rates.


How to Join or Renew Your Membership

1. The easy on-line option: Click on the JOIN NOW button below. Type in your details for membership sign-up.  Also choose your own username and password for access to all individual member category articles, discussions, and materials.

2, The paper optionpdf download a copy of the member application and renewal form - complete the form and then send it to the ChildForum national office.


Subscription Rates

Single ECE Service membership - for a sole private centre, community centre, single licence home-based service, or hospital based service

  • JOIN NOW $198.00 - 1 standalone ECE service $198.00

ECE service group membership

  • JOIN NOW $350.00 - 2 licenced ECE services under the same management group
  • JOIN NOW $398.00 – 3 licenced ECE services under the same management group
  • JOIN NOW $550.00  - 4 to 6 licenced ECE services under the same management group
  • JOIN NOW $698.00 – 7 to 10 licenced ECE services under the same management group
  • JOIN NOW $998.00 – 11 to 20 licenced ECE services under the same management group
  • JOIN NOW $1,888.00 – 21 and more licenced ECE services under the same management group

Any questions? Please email us at:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

Current members can receive a 10% discount when renewing before their membership expires - make sure you use the coupon code at the checkout or ask us.

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  • Preschool Leader

    Having heard a colleague talk about how useful she had found their material I joined. ChildForum's replies to my queries are prompt, extremely informative & with a genuine personal touch. I am impressed by the commitment to research & courage in tackling the hard issues like the risks of poor quality care for under 2s
    Val Morrison (Small is Beautiful)
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Membership Options


Who is this for?
Any person who has an interest in early childhood education and care or who works directly with children.

$98.00 12 months from the date of joining
$60.00 6 months student-only

The membership belongs to you, and you only. Enjoy your own personal username and password.

ECE Service Organisation

Who is this for?
Centres, home-based, hospital-based, playgroups ... established or newly licensed. Gives access to professional & research materials enjoyed by individual members PLUS service operation and management area. 

$198.00 12 months for a standalone licensed service
Special rates for organisations with more than 1 licence

The membership belongs to your whole organisation, team members and managers.

Library NZ-International Research
in ECE Journal Subscriber

Who is this for?
Universities, Polytechnics and organisations wishing to have online access to the NZ-Int Research in ECE journal (includes all past and current issues) 

$125.00 annual subscription, renewable in November each year

A username and password for your library users linked to your IP address.