Careers FAQ's

Are you an Accredited Employer?

Yes, New Shoots is currently an accredited employer, so we are able to assist qualified and registered teachers with ECE experience with their Visa process

I am a teacher based overseas, how can I come and work as a teacher in New Zealand?
Before anyone can work as a qualified teacher in New Zealand there are a couple of crucial steps you need to complete before contacting any potential employer. Firstly your teaching qualifications need to be assessed by NZQA to ensure they are at a minimum of a level 7 NZ qualification. For more information or to get an assessment completed follow this link.
Once your qualifications have been assessed then you will need to obtain a teachers registration, this allows you to teach as a qualified teacher in New Zealand. For more information on applying for a registration, follow this link
I have applied for roles you have advertised, how long will it before I hear back?
Firstly thank you for taking the time to send us your CV. As we get hundreds of CVs a week it can sometimes take a bit of time to go through them all. We read every single CV and shortlist from there. You will only be contacted if you have made it to our initial shortlist. 
If I have a general question around recruitment at New Shoots, who can I contact?
Our recruitment manager looks after all of our permanent positions so if your query is regarding a permanent role then you can contact Pip Phillips at, if you want to talk to someone about relieving roles you will need to contact the particular centre directly. 
Has New Shoots opted into full pay parity?

Yes, all of our qualified teachers are paid full pay parity rates.

What should I expect during the job application process?

The application process usually involves submitting your resume and cover letter. After the job closing date, a shortlist will be made of all the applicants and if you have made that short ist, we will be in touch with you. There may be a couple of rounds of interviews so make sure you are open to the possibility of a couple of meetings.

The requirements for anyone in ECE starting at a new centre means they need to complete a 7-point safety check before an offer of employment is made.

This includes having to provide references and a police check (for unqualified teachers). Once all the safety requirements have been met then an offer can be made.

How do I prepare for an interview?

Preparation is key! Read about our vision, values and philosopy. Prepare examples that highlight your skills and accomplishments. Dress professionally, arrive on time and bring copies your qualifications if asked. Remember not to let your nerves get the better of you. Its likely the interviewer is also nervous. You are both human and if you remember that , you can let your true personality shine. Lastly, don’t forget to prepare questions to ask the interviewer.

Should I follow up after an interview? If so, how?

Absolutely! Sending a thoughtful thank-you email or note to the interviewer(s) after an interview is a great way to demonstrate your interest and appreciation.

Reiterate your enthusiasm for the role and briefly mention key points discussed during the interview.

Keep it concise, professional, and timely.

What do you look for in a candidate?

Recruiters typically look for candidates who possess the required skills and qualifications for the role, as well as those who demonstrate a good cultural fit within the organisation. They also value strong communication skills, adaptability, problem-solving abilities, and a positive attitude. Showcasing your passion, enthusiasm, and willingness to learn can make you stand out. Make sure you cover the basics too – Bring everything asked of you, present yourself for an interview – not a day at the beach, and show up on time.

How can I make my resume stand out?

Think of your CV as your first introduction to a total stranger, that stranger being a potential employer. You want them to be able to clearly read and understand you, your philosophy, your achievements and your passions as an educator. Use clear headings, bullet points, and concise language. Consider including a summary or professional profile section that highlights your key strengths and career objectives. Proofread meticulously to ensure there are no errors. 

Enrolment Conditions

New Shoots operates as a full day service and do not offer short days or sessions;
Our fees include high quality teacher ratios above Ministry of Education Standards;
Minimum enrolment is two days per week; A $50 enrolment fee will be due upon enrolment to confirm your place;
Two weeks notice is required when terminating enrolment; 10% discount is applicable to your eldest child’s fees if you have two or more children attending New Shoots full time;
Nappies and food are provided; and Formula is not provided – this must be brought in from home if required. 

To be read in conjunction with the Fee Policy.
Fees effective from 1st April 2022.