Te Ara Kotiri Scholarship


BestStart is Aotearoa’s largest early childhood education and care provider, with over 260 centres nationwide. Owned by a charitable trust, children are at the heart of everything we do. A passion for children and an understanding of their families and wider communities underlie every aspect of our organisation.We want to support the next generation of teachers in their learning journey. This is an important social responsibility and we’re committed to playing our part.

Te ara kōtiri programme is a scholarship valued at $5,000 offered to a number of staff towards fees in their 3rd year of training for their ECE degree.

In return, successful recipients are asked to commence their teaching career in a BestStart centre for the 12-months after successfully completing their ECE degree and gaining teacher registration and certification.


Our priority will be student teachers who can demonstrate a commitment to culturally responsive practice, who understand and acknowledge a deep passion for working effectively with priority learners. We’re looking for future teachers who have a strength and passion to work collaboratively with families and whanau. Lastly we’re looking for collaborators, people who recognise their own growth as a teacher comes from the strengths and diversity of working with others, a natural team player.

Our People

Applicants must be residents or citizens of Aotearoa. They must be entering their 3rd year of training, with confirmation they have successfully met all course requirements before the conclusion of the third year course of study in 2018. (Mid Year in Take). Scholarships are open to students from all recognised tertiary providers of Level 7 ECE qualifications in New Zealand. Students already employed (Permanently) with BestStart are not eligible to apply. Those employed on a casual basis are eligible to apply.

Each Te ara kōtiri scholarship is for $5,000 for fees and other direct course costs.

Application Procedure
This Application Form must be completed by the Applicant.Download Application Form
Email to tearakotiri@best-start.org or phone Amy Wilkins on 027 591 7617 for more information.

The Applicant may be invited to attend an interview with the selection panel, who will then make the decision on which Applicants are successful.


Applications are currently closed.


Keep an eye on this page or BestStart Careers Facebook page for more information about about when our 2018 applications open.