Christian Early Childhood Education Association of Aotearoa Inc.

We are an interdenominational association grown out of a dream to be salt and light in Aotearoa and beyond. 

We endeavour to build networks of ECE educators and services to bring a Christian voice to the early childhood sector. 

We are a not-for-profit incorporated society with a volunteer national executive elected by the membership. We are funded by member ECE services and individual subscriptions. 

Our Vision

To advocate for and relationally support members towards excellence in Christian Early Childhood Education in the best interests of children.

Our Mission

To Facilitate, Advocate, Communicate and Educate in the best interests of children.


To promote quality Christian Early Childhood Education and Care.

To serve and support services, management and staff in fulfilling their roles as Christian educators and caregivers.

To encourage services to promote and strengthen family life.

To encourage services to acknowledge and reflect the dual cultural heritage of New Zealand in support of the Treaty of Waitangi.

To facilitate the provision of resource material, advice, networking and fellowship and to assist person or organisations establishing new services..

To establish and encourage professional development of Christian Early Childhood Education at a national and regional level..

To research and collate relevant governmental policy statements or other societal issues and where appropriate inform members and collate and represent their views.

To co-ordinate approaches to Government, media and any other appropriate commissions, committee or authority on matters pertaining to the objects of the Association.

To encourage services to use a holistic approach to the education and care of children in their service (physical, spiritual, cognitive, emotional and social) based upon Christian principles.


Our strategic plan provides the road map of CECEAA for the years ahead.


Karyn Robertson


Karyn is currently the Programme Leader for the B.Ed (Tchg) ECE degree at Bethlehem Tertiary Institute in Tauranga and teaches in both the Primary and ECE programmes. 

Liza Iliffe


Liza is part of the Whanganui Central Baptist Kindergarten community. She loves the opportunity to network and be alongside CECEAA as we seek to encourage and support Christian Teachers and Centres.

Pearl Thorp

Exec Member

Pearl is the Manager at Olive Shoots Early Childhood Centre in Auckland. She also works alongside the kindy teachers at the Christian Leaders Training College in PNG. 

Barbara Samson

Exec Member

Barbara is the Centre Manager at Rainbow Preschool in Dunedin. She has over 28 years’ experience in ECE and have been a member of CECEAA for 15 years.

Jenny TePunga-Jurgens

Exec Member

Jenny is the Manager of Whanganui Central Baptist Kindergarten and is in her third year as part of the CECEAA team and is keen to look for ways to serve the wider CECEAA networks.

Huhana Winiata

Exec Member

Huhana is the Kaihautu Manager/Lead Teacher of  Awhi Whanau.  She is passionate about creating optimum learning environments, establishing cultural identity and strong community involvement. 

Chris Reid

Exec Member

Chris have been involved with CECEAA since 2002 and she strongly  believes that we should have a Christian perspective voice into the present and future of ECE in Aotearoa

Ena Drinnan

Exec Member

Ena is the Manager of Footprints Educare in Kaitaia. She is committed to providing life impacting Christian education for whanau, nurturing our future generations for success.


The Bible is the inspired Word of God, authoritative and infallible in its original manuscript, the final guide for our beliefs and practices

There is only one God eternally existent in three person, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, being the same in nature, equal in power and glory, worthy of equal honour, obedience and worship.

Jesus Christ being both human and divine, is the mediator whom the Father sent to redeem and to reconcile the world to Himself.

People through unbelief and disobedience have fallen into sin and brought judgement upon themselves. They are therefore separated from God and from the source, meaning and purpose of life.

The substitutionary death and bodily resurrection of Jesus Christ are the only ground for forgiveness of sin and salvation is by faith in Jesus Christ alone. God’s purpose for our world will culminate with Christ’s certain return.

Men and women are created in the image of God and are given authority and responsibility to rule over creation for the praise and delight of their maker.

In God as absolute and sole creator of the universe and that creation was by divine order and not through evolutionary process.