Do you want to do more for Kiwi kids?

If so, you may be exactly who we're looking for.

At Barnardos, we're passionate about making a real difference in the lives of Kiwi kids. We have over 60 years' experience helping New Zealand tamariki and whānau be the best they can.

Our trained, experienced and passionate staff work with more than 100,000 children and families in communities across Aotearoa every year. They ensure that children receive the care, support and education they deserve — and you can too. 

We provide family support and early childhood education to Kiwi families and intensive social support to those most in need. Standing behind our frontline staff is a dedicated corporate services team — including fundraising, marketing, human resources, finance and IT.

 

Why choose Barnardos?

Because at the end of each day, you'll know you’ve made a real difference in the lives of Kiwi kids up and down New Zealand. And when someone asks what your job is, you can truly say "I do more for Kiwi kids."

 

How to apply

Check out our current vacancies below. When you see one you're keen on, click Apply.

You'll need to complete and sign a Candidate Declaration form and attach it to your application.

Early learning & childcare

Become a Home Based Educator

All regions

Change a child's future

We have exceptional career opportunities for passionate individuals to join our team of in-home early learning educators enabling the potential of Kiwi kids.

If you are committed to children’s learning and development and can provide a safe, nurturing environment in your home for up to 4 children aged under 5 then we would be interested in talking to you.

Join a purpose-driven team

Barnardos is a not-for-profit organisation committed to doing more to protect, support and educate New Zealand tamariki and their whānau/families. Our education arm, Barnardos Early Learning, offers home- and centre-based early learning programmes for under 5s designed to meet the needs of our local communities. We support educators to use Te Whāriki, the New Zealand early childhood curriculum.

Feel supported

We encourage and support our educators to learn and succeed by providing

  • regular visits & support from qualified early childhood teachers
  • educational support and training
  • professional development
  • educational resources
  • being part of a caring, skilled team of professionals.

What it takes

To be an in-home educator, you need a

  • home and personal background that meets our robust health and safety requirements
  • desire to make every moment a teachable one
  • passion for nurturing, inspiring and delighting children in your care
  • commitment to creating lifelong learners
  • willingness to connect with parents as partners in their child's education
  • background or experience working with children.

Take action today

If you see a future as part of a supportive, caring community of teachers, educators and parents, while still having the freedom to run your own business caring and educating under 5s, take action. Do more now for the future of our nation’s children — the tamariki of Aotearoa New Zealand.

Apply below or call 0800 BARNARDOS (0800 227 627) for more information.

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Childcare Consultant (Wellington)

Closes 26 April

Our Consultants work closely with others, including administrators and teachers, to respond to parent enquiries for childcare. You will be assisting families to find the best early learning options for their children with either home based educators or with our early learning centres

Download the position description (PDF 1,166KB)

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Casual Early Learning Centre Teacher (South Island)

We are looking for energetic and enthusiastic teachers–in–training or certified teachers to work in our community–based centres in the South Island.

We have centres in:

  • Kaikōura
  • Christchurch
  • Oamaru
  • Cromwell
  • Invercargill

Our centres are dynamic, innovative and committed to providing high–quality care for all families and children and for the wider community.

About you

  • You have a positive “can do” attitude .
  • You are qualified, or working towards a qualification and fully certificated, with a current first aid certificate.
  • You have initiative, desire and passion for quality practice standards and commitment to the principles of Te Whāriki.
  • You have excellent communication, planning and organisation skills and a desire to make a difference to children in their early years while building strong links with their whanau and families.

Why work for us?

  • An opportunity to grow your career with educational assistance and financial support to retain (or gain) your full certification.
  • Thought–provoking professional development and dedicated professional time.
  • An opportunity to make a real difference to the lives of children and whanau in Aotearoa.

Barnardos is New Zealand’s leading children’s charity, doing more for Kiwi kids. Every year our services and people make a real and positive difference in the lives of thousands of children, young people and their families. Through our collective commitment, talents and efforts we are working hard to create an Aotearoa New Zealand where every child has the opportunity to, in their own unique way, shine bright.

In everything we do, we are guided by the core principles of Ngā Pou e Whā — our vision for working with Māori.

This is your chance to make a real and positive difference for Kiwi kids.

Download the job description (PDF 1,115 KB)

For more information, email christine.rodda@barnardos.org.nz

 

Centre Manager - Early Learning Centre (Hastings)

Closes 26 April

As Centre Manager, you will build on your already proven pedagogical experience, strong leadership and operational management skills, to take an effective and enthusiastic teaching team to the next level. You will be a fully Certificated Teacher with at least 2-3 years experience in a Centre Management / Leadership role.

Download the position description (PDF 1,630KB)

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Cook - Early Learning Centre (Clendon Park, Auckland)

Closes 2 May

The Cooks in our Early Learning Centre are a vital part of the Early Learning Centre team – they are responsible for providing meals on a daily basis for children in our centres. We strive to provide nutritious and delicious meals and snacks to support physical and mental development. We encourage healthy eating habits and offer a balanced menu to keep the children well fuelled throughout the day.

As a part-time position (20 hours per week) 8.30am-12.30, Monday - Friday, this role this is an ideal opportunity for someone who is looking for a part time role and enjoys working in a fun-filled and busy environment, surrounded by our Children.

Download the position description (PDF 225KB)

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Cook - Early Learning Centre (Eastbourne, Wellington)

Closes 30 April

Cooks in our Early Learning Centres are a vital part of the team, as they are responsible for providing nutritious and appealing snacks and meals for children on a daily basis.

This part-time position (16 hours per week) is an ideal opportunity for someone who enjoys working in a busy, fun-filled environment.

Download the position description (PDF 224KB)

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Educator / Teacher-in-training (Eastbourne)

Closes 17 May

Educators and Teachers at Barnardos work in partnership with parents and whānau to encourage children’s curiosity, learning and development.

Download the postition description (PDF 1,090KB)

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Operations Manager - Early Learning Centres (Auckland)

Closes 3 May

We are looking for someone with sound business acumen to lead a group of our vibrant upper North Island Early Learning Centres. As a social enterprise business, our surpluses are re-invested back into services that shape brighter futures for tamariki in New Zealand.

Your leadership experience may have been in any of the education sectors – early learning, primary, secondary, public or private – but a background in education is a must, as is sharing our vision of an Aotearoa New Zealand where every child shines bright.

You'll become part of a talented and collaborative Senior Leadership Team who are committed to providing great learning outcomes for tamariki in our care and excellent customer service to their whanau.

Download the position description (PDF 1,410KB)

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Teacher - Early Learning (Christchurch)

Closes 27 April

We are looking for that special teacher who will fit with our community-focused philosophy and who is able to work 35-40hrs/pw, between 8am and 5:30pm.

Our Centre is well resourced, dynamic and committed to providing high-quality education and care for all tamariki, whānau, and the wider community.

Download the position description (PDF 1,115KB)

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Teacher - Early Learning (Henderson, Auckland)

We are looking for an enthusiastic early learning Teacher. Our Henderson Early Learning Centre offers an inclusive learning programme that celebrates Pasifika culture and the diverse community.

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Teacher - Early Learning (Mangere, Otara, Manurewa)

Closes 27 April

Due to rapid growth in our Centres, we are have multiple opportunities available in our Mangere, Otara, Manurewa Early Learning Centres for enthusiastic early learning teachers.

Download the position description (PDF 1,115KB)

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Teacher - Early Learning (Palmerston North)

Closes 19 April

You will work in partnership with parents and whānau to support their child's learning and ensure there is continuity between home and the centre.

Download the position description (PDF 1,115KB)

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Teacher - Early Learning (Petone or Wainuiomata)

Closes 22 April

Barnardos Early Learning Centres are welcoming environments where children and teachers can develop their creativity and confidence for learning.

Qualified teachers at Barnardos work in partnership with parents and whānau to encourage children’s curiosity, learning and development. You will assess, plan and implement a curriculum to infants, toddlers and young children that reflects current approaches to effective teaching and learning.

Download the position description (PDF 1,120KB)

Let us know what team you'd like to join in your cover letter!

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Visiting Teacher (Palmerston North)

Closes 6 May

This full-time, permanent role is an exciting opportunity for you to develop and grow a network of home-based educators in the Manawatu/Wanganui region and will require a ‘self-starter’ with proven leadership skills who understands the role of a mentor.

As a Visiting Teacher you will work with home-based Educators providing professional leadership, training and induction of new Educators to ensure high quality learning and care for tamariki. Visiting Teachers also promote Barnardos’ early learning services to families and whānau in their region and assist with promotional activities and strategic business development.

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Child & family services

Casual Residential Youth Workers (Christchurch)

We are looking for suitably qualified and/or experienced Residential Youth Workers to provide casual relief support (day shifts and night shifts), which sometimes is requested at short notice at Te Poutama Ārahi Rangatahi, a residential treatment facility based in Christchurch, managed by Barnardos.

Shift times are:

  • 6.30am to 3pm
  • 2.00pm to 10.30pm
  • 10.30pm to 6.30am.

The facility is the only one of its kind in New Zealand, which accommodates males aged 12–16 years who have engaged in harmful sexual behaviour. The facility operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, providing treatment, education and residential care for up to 12 residents at any one time.

Working in a residential treatment environment can be challenging but it is also rewarding. The role of a casual Residential Youth Worker is to support youth to make positive changes in their lives. If you thrive on variety, a challenge and enjoy flexible working conditions, then a role like this could be ideal for you.

To be successful you will need:

  • experience and skills working with youth in a residential setting (highly desirable)
  • a formal qualification in human services (or currently studying towards one) is highly desirable
  • a current full driver’s licence (required)
  • passion for working with youth, and a belief that young people deserve the opportunity to grow and learn
  • professional integrity
  • resilience and dedication.

Barnardos is New Zealand’s leading children’s charity, doing more for Kiwi kids. Every year our services and people make a real and positive difference in the lives of thousands of children, young people and their families. Through our collective commitment, talents and efforts we are working hard to create an Aotearoa New Zealand where every child has the opportunity to, in their own unique way, shine bright.

In everything we do, we are guided by the core principles of Ngā Pou e Whā — our vision for working with Māori.

This is your chance to make a real and positive difference for Kiwi kids.

If you believe you have the knowledge, skills and attitude and are prepared to work hard then we would be interested to hear from you. 

Download the job description (PDF 383KB)

For more information, email alison.rance@barnardos.org.nz.

Clinical Team Leader (Christchurch)

Closes 17 May

Te Poutama Ārahi Rangatahi at Barnardos NZ is looking for a Clinical Team Leader to be responsible for leading, managing and developing the clinical team of 2 Social Workers and 2 Clinicians to deliver quality assessment and therapeutic support to youth residents with the aim of reducing the frequency and severity of their harmful behaviour.

Download the position description (PDF 1,465KB)

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Residential Youth Worker - Specialist Group Home. Day Shift (Christchurch)

Closes 10 May

We are looking for a suitably qualified, culturally responsive and experienced residential youth worker for a specialist group home in the city.

If you thrive on variety, enjoy flexible working conditions, and are looking for an exciting and rewarding challenge, then this role could be for you!

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Residential Youth Worker - Specialist Group Home (Christchurch)

Closes 10 May

We are looking for a suitably qualified, culturally responsive and experienced residential youth worker for a specialist group home in the city.

If you thrive on variety, enjoy flexible working conditions, and are looking for an exciting and rewarding challenge, then this role could be for you!

Download the position description (PDF 1,015KB)

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Residential Youth Worker (Christchurch)

Closes 5 May

Te Poutama Àrahi Rangatahi is looking for a suitably qualified and/or experienced Residential Youth Worker to fill a permanent vacancy for 40 hours per week with 2 shifts, 6.30am – 3.00pm OR 2.00pm – 10.30pm as rostered.

The role maintains responsibility for the daily care of youth in a Barnardos residential home within the framework of the policies and practices of Barnardos, key agencies Oranga Tamariki and Community Based Treatment providers to achieve the best possible outcomes by providing a safe and nurturing environment for youth to grow and develop while in a residential facility.

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Social Worker (Te Atatu, Auckland)

Closes 29 April

As a family support Social Worker you will work directly with children and families in their own environment to help develop resiliency, reinforce positive parenting, and assist children and families to access community resources.

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Youth Worker - Residential Group Home (Auckland)

Closes 22 April

Our Residential Homes provide a safe, supportive and therapeutic programme for up to five youths, to develop life skills in preparation for transitioning back to their whanau, caregivers or otherwise into independence. We are looking for youth workers to provide casual cover when permanent staff are unavailable for their shift.

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