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.

Find out more

Visit our Barnardos Early Learning website and our dedicated Careers page for more information and to hear what our wonderful Educators have to say about being a Home Based Educator with Barnardos. 

Or 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.

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Casual Teacher - Early Learning (South Island)

We are looking for experienced/fully qualified and registered teachers to join a South Island Early Learning Centre on a Casual basis.
Centres include: Kaikoura, Hornby Pasifika, Te Puna Oraka, Oamaru, Cromwell and Invercargill.

Key responsibilities
Deliver a curriculum aligned to Te Whāriki.
Implement and evaluate a learning programme that is responsive to the strengths and interests of children.
Promote learning opportunities which are inclusive and culturally responsive.
Document children’s learning and support children’s profile books and e-portfolio.

Skills and experience
Previous experience working as a Teacher in an early childhood education team setting.
The ability to use initiative and a commitment to quality practice standards and the principles of Te Whāriki.
Knowledge and understanding of current early childhood education theory and practice.
Excellent communication and organisation skills.
Enthusiasm and a strong desire to make a difference to children in their early years, while building strong links with their whānau and families.

Barnardos Early Learning is the social enterprise arm of Barnardos - New Zealand's leading children's charity. Every year our services and people make a real and positive difference in the lives of thousands of children, young people and their families. Barnardos believes that through our collective commitment, talents and efforts we are working hard to create an Aotearoa where every child has the opportunity to, in their own unique way, shine bright. With your help we can do even more.

Download the position description (PDF 1,114KB)

For more information or to apply email:
Please apply only if you are eligible to work in New Zealand.

Casual Teacher - Early Learning (Hastings)

Applications close Monday 11th November

We are looking for an experienced and fully certificated qualified teacher to join our team at Barnardos Early Learning. To work in partnership with parents and whānau and our team to encourage children’s curiosity, learning and development.

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Cook - Early Learning (Palmerston North)

Applications close Monday 14 October

The Cooks in our Early Learning Centres are a vital part of the Early Learning Centre team as they are responsible for preparing food for the children in our Centres on a daily basis. If this sounds like you, apply now.

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Teacher - Early Learning (Te Totara)

Applications close Wednesday 30th October

Te Totara Early Learning Centre is a nurturing and welcoming environment where quality early learning and our tamariki are at the heart of what we do.

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Teacher - Early Learning (Wellington Central)

Applications close Monday 4th November

We are looking for an experienced and fully certificated qualified teacher to join our Wellington Central Centre. You will work in partnership with parents and whānau and our team to encourage children’s curiosity, learning and development.

Download the position description here (PDF 1,114KB)

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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. 

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For more information, email

To apply email your CV and cover letter to

Children's Contact Supervisor (Hamilton)

Applications close Friday 25 October

The role of a Contact Supervisor is to provide supervision during a contact visit between a child and their visiting parent, ensuring a physically, psychologically and emotionally safe environment for the child during the contact visit.  

We require Supervisors for casual work at our office in Hamilton. You will be working alongside our Coordinators and full training will be given.

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Family Start Worker (New Plymouth)

Applications close Sunday 20 October

As a Family Start worker you will be delivering a home visiting programme which is focussed on improving young children’s health, family/whānau circumstances, environment and safety. 

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Social Worker (Invercargill)

Applications close Tuesday 22 October

We are looking for a Social Worker with experience and interest in working with tamariki and their family/whānau to join our Social Worker in Schools team in the Gore/Mataura area.

The Social Worker in Schools service is an early intervention social work service based within the primary and intermediate schools environment. This role provides the opportunity to work closely with tamariki and their whānau and have genuine engagement with the clients of the service and the wider school community.

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Strengthening Families Coordinator (New Plymouth)

Applications close Wednesday 6 November

The Strengthening Families process works with vulnerable children, young people and their families who require a coordinated invention from more than one support agency or service.

As Strengthening Families Coordinator you will play a vital role in the work Barnardos does to make New Zealand a better, safer, happier place for Kiwi kids. The role is based in New Plymouth but you will work with agencies throughout the Taranaki region. This is a full-time role but the hours are open to negotiation for the right candidate.

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Team Leader - Social Work (Invercargill)

Applications close Tuesday 29 October

As the result of an internal promotion and obtaining new service contracts, Barnardos is looking for a Team Leader to supervise and support a team of dedicated social work professionals based in Invercargill. If you are an experienced leader of people or are ready to extend your leadership skills to step up into a challenging and exciting role we’d like to hear from you.

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Youth Worker - Residential Group Home (Auckland)

Applications close Friday 25 October

Our Residential Home provides a safe, supportive and therapeutic programme for youth, to develop life skills in preparation for transitioning back to their whānau, caregivers or otherwise into independence. We are looking for youth workers to work individually with a young women in our care.

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Corporate services

Executive Officer (Wellington}

Applications close Tuesday 31 October

Use your governance, administration, project and relationship management skills to support our Board and Executive to deliver on our strategic vision and mission for the children families and whānau of Aotereroa.

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Learning & OD Specialist (Wellington)

Applications close Thursday 31 October

We are proud of our LMS and have big plans for its future development. We need you to maximise its capability internally and to look externally so we can bring it to new audiences. Reporting to the General Manager People and Capability, you will take the lead on this key business initiative while developing our wider learning and organisational development needs strategically across our diverse business.

Your strengths in stakeholder management combined with your deep understanding of how people learn will be critical as you support positive outcomes at Barnardos where people are at the heart of everything we do.

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