Join our Team
Every staff member excelling so that every child fulfils their potential….
This is our vision at Evolve; it's something that we are utterly committed to, because we know that outstanding early learning centres and great outcomes for children and their families don’t happen by accident – these are achieved by the dedicated and talented people who work across the Evolve team.
At Evolve, we nurture our people to be the best, supporting every staff member to achieve, grow and excel so that every child is supported to fulfil their potential. With more than 120 high quality early learning centres nationwide, and a team of more than 2000 dedicated and passionate people, we offer career opportunities that support our people to make extraordinary differences in the lives of New Zealand’s youngest learners and their families – and this our commitment to both our centres and the wider early learning sector.
Our much loved brands - Active Explorers, Learning Adventures, Little Wonders, Pascals, Lollipops, Little Earth Montessori and Little Lights – all offer exciting opportunities and career pathways for dedicated professionals who share our vision. Join Evolve, and you’ll be joining a team that’s shaping the future, delivering the highest quality learning for the early years, and contributing to the development and success of the communities we serve.
Be part of a friendly, inclusive team where every staff member is valued and supported to excel.
Strong commitment to professional development and growth for all, through mentoring, support networks, regular appraisals, workshops, professional learning days and more.
Benefit from clear career pathways and outstanding opportunities for advancement within New Zealand’s ECE sector.
Work with inspiring leaders and teams who share your passion and enthusiasm for early childhood education.
With more than 120 centres nationwide, opportunities are plentiful all over New Zealand.
Competitive salary and a well-balanced lifestyle.
Centre Roles and Support Office Roles
Teacher in Training
Centre Van Driver
Support Office Roles:
Quality Assurance and Professional Learning
With over 120 centres nationwide plus a dynamic team of support office staff, Evolve offers an exciting array of career opportunities. Whether you’re a passionate teacher or a member of our dedicated support team, you will be playing a leading role in creating successful outcomes for New Zealand’s tamariki.
We are committed to making a positive difference to the lives of our tamariki, whanau and the communities we operate in, and one of the ways we achieve that is by investing in our staff. Join Evolve and you’ll receive ongoing professional development and mentoring, and you will be supported and encouraged to excel.
Be the best you can be. Join us at Evolve.
You don’t have a qualification but your passion is working with children! You have lots of energy, positivity & love sharing your talents.
Teacher in Training
You've committed to your passion of ECE, and now you're studying to become qualified! You want to share your creativity and energy, while absorbing knowledge, asking questions, and learning from a supportive team.
Certified ECE Teacher
You're brilliant at inspiring our children's mind and guiding them as they grow. You hold an ECE Qualification and are either fully registered, or on the path to obtaining your registration.
You're an experienced ECE Teacher that leads 4-5 teachers/educators; you love guiding the learning of others, being a natural role model,
and building strong relationships.
You ensure that each day runs smoothly, set the vision and tone for the centre, & you support your team while bringing everyone together with your leadership. Your vision and creativity are always booming!
You're reliable, passionate, and love having a flexible schedule. You're an important part of helping the centre function smoothly by lending a hand when we need support.
You’re a qualified ECE Educator looking for a bit of flexibility & life balance or wanting to try different environments before you move in to your next home away from home.
You are incredibly reliable and uphold the safety of our children at all times. You transport the children to and from the centre each day, while always smiling and carrying your positivity through to them as they start or end their day.
An essential part of the team, you create and provide nourishment to our children. You are committed to food safety, & ensure our little ones have all the nutrients they need to keep on growing & learning.
You keep the centre organized and on their toes! You're a numbers person, super adaptable, and love greeting people as they first enter our centre.
Want to be the office go-to person? We have EA Admin and Accounts Admin roles for team players who are adaptable, organised, customer focused and good at prioritising. Our admin superstars keep the Support Office team on their toes and ensure everything runs smoothly. No day is ever the same – you’ll do everything from keeping the office stocked with stationery to dealing with suppliers and organising events.
Those among us with a penchant for numbers will thrive in the finance department, with a range of roles and seniority levels including Accounts, Financial Accountant positions and CFO. Not only do you have a passion for maths and money, you are also focused, collaborative and organised, with first-class prioritising skills.
It goes without saying you are tech savvy. You’re also customer focused and organised with stellar prioritising skills. There are an exciting and diverse range of IT positions, from Systems Administrator, IT Support Helpdesk and Senior Systems Administrator, to IT Operations Management and CIO.
People and Talent
You are first and foremost a people person – you’re an influencer, you’re collaborative and you are passionate about customer service. Add to that a healthy dose of innovative thinking and creativity and you’re walking the right path. There are a wide range of roles to choose from within this profession – think Recruitment, Payroll Administrator, Payroll Manager, HR Advisor and of course GM People and Talent.
You are a born leader with well-honed influencing skills, and you’ve set your sights on a Centre Manager, Area Manager or GM Centre Operations position. As well as being business savvy, you’re collaborative and have a high degree of customer focus….mix this with a love of people and a passion for lifting professional practice in NZ and this could be the team for you!
Your unrivalled enthusiasm for providing flawless customer service is what gets you out of bed every morning. You’re innovative and creative, thrive in a collaborative environment and are a natural influencer. You are also social media savvy. Tick all those boxes and you’ll prosper in this profession, whether that’s as a Marketing Coordinator, Marketing Executive or the GM of Marketing.
Quality Assurance & Professional Learning
When it comes to the New Zealand ECE curriculum and best practice in professional learning knowledge, you’re a total pro. You’re also supportive, a powerful influencer, and a great relationship builder. There are a host of great opportunities within the Quality Assurance and Professional Learning team, from Teaching and Learning Development Manager to Quality Assurance Manager and GM.
You possess influencing skills and have a high degree of customer focus. You are business savvy, and you’re collaborative. Thanks to your appetite for all thing’s property related, you could wind up as a Property Administrator, Project Manager, Property Manager, Facilities Manager or the GM of Property. Working in property for Evolve, you play a huge part in keeping our children and staff safe in their physical environment.
Dedicated to making a real difference to people’s lives? Family Enrolment Advisors are at the heart of the business, working directly with our parents on the frontline. You are empathetic, have a natural flair for customer service and exemplary communication skills, both verbal and written. Collaborative with strong influencing skills, you’ll also need excellent product knowledge on our centres.
We know your career development matters to you – and it matters to us too – that’s why our people are a key focus of our vision. We know that it is only through investing in our people, that we can deliver the best learning outcomes for our children and families. Here at Evolve we place great emphasis on both personal and professional growth and development, and we are strongly committed to building strong, cohesive, collaborative teams. For us there is nothing better than seeing our people grow in confidence, unlock their potential and achieve their goals.
To ensure every member of our team has the tools to thrive, we offer a diverse range of development and mentoring programmes, all designed to build skills, knowledge and expertise. Whether you are passionate about developing your teaching career or want to carve your path in a support office role, our internal training opportunities are an invaluable resource.
Here are a few of our professional development programmes:
- Centre Managers
- Team Leaders
- Teacher in Training
- Support Office Team
Relieving with Evolve
Relievers play a vital role within Evolve, adding great value to our centres, children and families. To us you’re not just a number! Here are just some of the benefits:
- Flexibility – work as much or as little as you want
- Gain experience across different Evolve centres and brands – with over 120 centres nationwide, there are plenty of opportunities to work close to home
- It’s a great way to try us on for size – many of our relievers have loved working for us so much they’ve ended up taking on permanent roles here
- Unlike with agencies, we don’t lock you into any complex agreements or stand-down periods
- At Evolve, you won’t be “just a reliever” – you’ll be a valued and respected member of our team whether with us for a short time or longer
Think relieving might be a good option for you? Get in touch to hear more or register to be a reliever with Evolve.
Our Recruitment Process
What you can expect from us
At Evolve, it’s important to us that you have the best experience when going through a recruitment process, whether you’re successful in gaining a role or not. We will be with you every step of the way, keeping you up to date on your application.
Applications received & reviewed. Unsuccessful applicants will be communicated with via email
Longlisted applicants will be contacted to undertake a phone screen (approximately 15-20 min)
Shortlisted applicants will be invited to attend a behavioural based interview. Unsuccessful candidates will be notified via email
Reference checks will be completed for the preferred applicant. Unsuccessful applicants will be notified by phone
Child - Safety Pre-Employment checks will be undertaken: Police Vetting for Un Certified/Non-Teaching & Support staff
Verbal offer will be made & employment contract created and sent to the successful applicant – Welcome to Evolve!
Our parents love Evolve - you will too
The Active Explorers Highbrook team are passionate about fuelling young minds, and they do a wonderful job in coaching and nurturing the children that are there with them. They show love and respect to all families and I now consider them a part of my family. I know my girls are as happy and as loved as they would be at home. Just knowing this makes everything that much easier. The team at Active Explorers Highbrook love the kids as if they are their own. I wouldn’t leave my kids with anybody else. Brenda Kingsford
Our parents love Evolve - you will too
Learning Adventures Lincoln Road does an amazing job of prepping our tamariki for primary school. I’m not even a little bit worried about my son going to primary now as he is 100 percent ready! Dayna Pauni
Our parents love Evolve - you will too
The educators at Lollipops Ruapehu Drive are lovely, warm and caring and they build strong supportive bonds with the children. The kids are always happy, relaxed and confident to approach their teachers with stories, questions or just for a cuddle. Lollipops provided our eldest daughter with such good preparation for primary school that her transition was seamless, and our youngest daughter loves it so much that it often takes half an hour just to convince her to leave at the end of the day. Niki Murray
Our parents love Evolve - you will too
The teachers and staff at Little Wonders Pegasus are lovely and make every child feel cared for and safe in their ‘home away from home’. The atmosphere and learning environment are outstanding and give the children the ability to pursue their own interests while having teachers there to support them along the way. We can’t wait for our second child to join her sister there! Emma Frost
Meet our Careers Team
At Evolve we are always on the lookout for awesome and passionate individuals to join our growing team. Here are the people who can help you take your next step.
Recruitment Team Lead
After trying her hand at several different career paths, Katrina found her niche when she returned to university as an adult student to gain a bachelor’s in applied communication. Landing a job as an administrator in a recruitment agency was the foothold she needed to embark on a career she truly loves. Now, 12 years later, after a host of exciting recruitment and HR roles across hospitality, telco, retail and education, Katrina is sharing her expertise at Evolve as Recruitment Team Lead.
Recruiting ECE teachers and support office staff nationwide is extremely rewarding. Why? Because as Katrina points out, this ultimately leads to great outcomes for the children, their families and their communities.
“Everyone at Evolve genuinely cares about what we’re doing in terms of building professional practice, not just within Evolve but in the ECE sector overall. We are all here for the same reason – and that’s the children.”
After nine years recruiting for the retail, manufacturing and office support sectors, Vanessa was looking for a new challenge - one where she could really make a difference. Having had her own child attend an early childhood centre, Vanessa had developed great appreciation for ECE teachers and the invaluable impact they make on our growing tamariki. Now she is playing her part in the profession, assisting Evolve centres around the country recruit for their certified early childhood positions.
It’s a role she loves. Not only does she get to connect teachers with the perfect centre to grow and flourish, but she is working in a profession that has people at its very heart.
“The potential Evolve has to positively influence the perception of ECE in New Zealand really gives you that good feeling. We have a real impact on our communities and everything we do is for the children – there’s no bigger motivation than that!”
Laura builds talent pools of relievers within every region across New Zealand, ensuring that Evolve’s 128 early learning centres are never short of top quality staff. It’s a role she relishes thanks to her lifelong passion for helping others and making a real difference to people’s lives.
After graduating with a bachelor’s degree in psychology and education, Laura launched her career in a specialised ECE recruitment agency before moving on to recruit office support professionals. Her decision to join Evolve was an easy one, naturally aligning with her studies and desire to make a positive impact on a sector she really cares about.
“Evolve values you for who you are. I love being part of an organisation who welcomes diversity and values everyone for their unique strengths. As a result of that we have so many talented teachers working together with us to create an exceptional learning environment for children.”
Evolve’s recruitment team are strongly committed to candidate care – apply for a role with us and you will experience a smooth and positive recruitment experience, whether or not you are successful in securing the position. We love that you want to be a part of our organisation, and we will communicate with you in a timely and respectful manner every step of the recruitment process.
Hear what our staff have to say
We are a network of outstanding ECE professionals who are committed to leading the way in early childhood education. We enjoy a supportive and inclusive workplace where diversity is embraced, and where individuals and teams are inspired to shine. But don’t just take our word for it. Find out what our staff have to say.
Centre Manager, Lollipops Newton Road
My journey with Evolve has been fantastic. There has been immense learning and I have grown into an absolute professional and a confident leader. I joined Lollipops as a relief teacher in 2012, and later gained a permanent teaching role before moving up into team leader and centre supervisor positions. Now I am the centre manager at Lollipops Newton. Throughout my journey from teacher to centre manager, Evolve has shown great trust in me and supported me to fulfil my potential. There are so many opportunities for growth within this organisation so it is an exciting place to work. I also value their clear cut policies and procedures, supportive environment, and their constant striving for improvement for their children, families and staff.
I joined Lollipops in 2012 and have never considered moving anywhere else - Evolve challenges me to do my level best, and I love challenges! I enjoy the fact that my role has changed, and I’ve had the chance to work in a variety of areas including admin support and training. I’m still growing professionally and value the ongoing learning opportunities the organisation provides.
If you want to keep moving up the career ladder, Evolve is a great place to be. People work as a team and share their ideas, and staff are appreciated and recognised for the work they do above and beyond expectations. It never gets stagnant here as there are so many learning opportunities and possibilities to keep moving within the organisation.
Area Manager, Waikato/Bay of Plenty
I joined Evolve in 2019 as an area manager for Waikato/Bay of Plenty. I’d actually applied for a centre manager role but Evolve saw something in me I hadn’t seen in myself and approached me to apply for area manager. I had ten years of industry experience and wanted to work for an organisation that valued their staff and prioritised quality for children. Evolve’s executive team appreciate and respect every single person within this organisation and they let everyone know how much they mean. They allow everyone a voice in shaping the future of the company and, like me, they believe that quality must be at the forefront in early childhood education.
What do I value most about this organisation? That I have the ability to make change for the children in our care and that I’m 100 percent backed by Evolve to make these changes; that the people I work with, and for, have the same values and respect for early childhood as a profession; and that Evolve shares my vision and values and is just as passionate about bringing them to life as I am.
Graduate Teacher, Active Explorers Kaiwharawhara
“After working in finance for a few years I realised that I wanted to do something more meaningful with my life and I decided to go back to university to gain my Graduate Diploma in Teaching (ECE). I was looking for a part-time role to give me some experience and help support me financially during my studies. Evolve took me on as a permanent part-time teacher-in-training and after I graduated, they offered me a full-time position.
“Evolve is a company that gives opportunities to people who truly love this profession even when, like me, they’re just starting out. They invest in and support their staff with ongoing professional development no matter which phase of their career they are at. Even when I was just a part-time student teacher, I received all the same professional development opportunities as the full-time permanent teachers!
“To me, the most important thing about working for an organisation is the people I work with and the environment I work in. At Evolve and Active Explorers Kaiwharawhara I’ve been given all the support and encouragement I’ve needed to launch my early childhood career.”
ECE Teacher, Lollipops Hastings
“I was working as an ECE teacher at Learning Adventures Maraenui when Evolve purchased the centre in 2015. Since then I’ve worked at many Evolve centres in Hawke’s Bay, and am currently working with the toddlers at Lollipops Hastings.
“I love the many spontaneous teaching moments and the laughter when I play a silly role, or the children say something wonderful. The times of loving cuddles initiated by the children is a living testament of the good relationships we have together. I also enjoy the time spent planning for an individual or group as it is really fulfilling, and I love the interactions with parents and staff. You can learn so much from others. I really value the people I work with including the children, families, teachers and manager of Hastings Lollipops.
“Working for a large organisation like Evolve is different from working for an owner-operator centre. We have clear pathways with regular appraisals, and because Evolve has lots of different types of early learning centres, there are opportunities to experience different ‘flavours’ of ECE.”
Teaching and Learning Development Manager (TLDM)
Evolve has a commitment to building high performing teams with a culture of excellence to ensure best outcomes for all akonga. I was impressed by their vision to invest in this newly-created TLDM role to better serve their learning community. The TLDM invites a fresh lens to each service and works alongside services in multiple ways to empower teams to shine and serve their people well. It sets up our kaiako to be successful in their roles by providing targeted support and guidance to centres in a way that serves them best.
In this role I have the ability to work autonomously and collaboratively with a wider support team, I work on national projects, and I have a voice that advocates for quality and best practice. I get to share my expertise with the wider learning community and create engaging workshops that connect and inspire kaiako to impact on their thinking and practice, improving learning outcomes for tamariki.
I enjoy working with a lead team of innovative thinkers who have a clear sense of direction and a shared understanding of where we are heading and the role we all play in getting there. Evolve is a progressive organisation that is open to innovative thinking of its people to share collaboratively and to enact new ideas brought forward.
Thinking of a move to New Zealand?
With over 120 centres across New Zealand, Evolve Education offers a multitude of opportunities across our beautiful country for qualified ECE educators wanting to make the move.
Making such a lifestyle change can be very daunting, so we’ve put together some information for you to let you know what you need to practice as a qualified, certified ECE educator in New Zealand.
For us to consider you for our qualified/certified educator vacancies, you will need:
- To obtain a valid New Zealand work visa or residency. Please note: If you require an offer in order to apply for your NZ Work Visa, we will still be able to engage with you in a virtual recruitment process as long as you have the other two requirements below.
- Your qualifications assessed by New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA) – your qualifications must be assessed to be at a bachelor’s degree, Level 7 in either Early Childhood or Primary School Education
- To apply for your NZ practicing certification through the Teaching Council of Aotearoa New Zealand
For more information on how to become qualified/certified, click on the below: