2015 NZK Governance Hui
Over the weekend, New Zealand Kindergartens (NZK) hosted its third biennial governance hui in Wellington. Over 90 participants from across the country attended workshops, network sessions and presentations. The hui, attended by kindergarten association governance board members and leadership, focused on strategic development, stewardship and best practice.
“The NZK governance hui supports board members to deepen their understanding of their role, to be effective and strategic,” said Clare Wells, Chief Executive, New Zealand Kindergartens. “One of the strengths of kindergarten is our national network which allows us to share expertise, knowledge and best practice effectively across associations, so we continue to be a leader in early childhood education and meet the needs of children and whānau.”
Kindergarten governance board members are volunteers from local communities, many being parents of children attending kindergarten. New Zealand Kindergartens acknowledges the time and commitment of the volunteer governance board members to ensuring kindergarten continues to offer high quality, affordable, accessible and relevant early childhood education.
For further comment: Please contact NZK Chief Executive Clare Wells 0272 955 044.
New Zealand Kindergartens (NZK) Incorporated, Te Pūtahi Kura Puhou o Aotearoa, is the umbrella organisation representing twenty-six regional kindergarten associations covering over 430 kindergartens and early childhood education services. Nationwide kindergartens provide services for nearly 32,000 enrolled children as well as support for their families and whānau. We are committed to working with parents, communities and the government to offer high quality services, with 100% qualified teachers, which meet the unique needs of children and whānau.
NZK provides services to all families. Almost two-thirds of kindergartens are in low and middle income areas. After nga kōhanga reo and correspondence school, kindergarten has the highest percentage of Māori children attending (22%), and among Pasifika children, kindergarten has the highest percentage attending alongside education and care services (8%). Almost twenty per cent of early childhood education enrolments in communities with a Ministry of Health deprivation index rating of 10 (the most socio-economically deprived communities) are in kindergartens.