BestStart Study Scholarship

We’ve had a passion for making a difference in the lives of the tamariki of Aotearoa for the last 20 years. We need more inspired, passionate ECE teachers to help us carry on that legacy for generations to come. That is why we are doing our bit to support our future teachers in their learning journey.

Each year we offer the BestStart Study Scholarship to ten students entering into their third or final year of an Early Childhood Education qualification (level 7). We know that this financial support will allow them to focus on the things that really matter, continuing to grow their understanding of education at this most important level. 

The BestStart Study Scholarship is valued at $4000 to go towards study costs for their final year of study. In return, successful applicants are asked to commence their teaching career in a BestStart centre for the 12 months after successfully completing their ECE qualification 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.


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 2019. Scholarships are open to students from all recognised tertiary providers of Level 7 ECE qualifications in New Zealand.


Each BestStart Study Scholarship is for $4,000 for fees and other direct course costs.

Application procedure

This Application Form must be completed by the Applicant. Email to 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.

Click here to download an application form
Announcements will be made in late december

*Current BestStart employees are not eligible to apply. (This excludes current casual employees)

Keep an eye on this page or BestStart Careers Facebook page for more information.