Kindergarten: enduring values supporting excellence in every community
For nearly 125 years, kindergarten has been committed to providing exceptional early childhood education (ECE) to children, families and communities. Employing 100% qualified, registered teachers, involving parents and whānau and making kindergarten affordable and accessible to all families have been the hallmarks of kindergarten since the first service opened its doors in Dunedin in 1889.
While our traditional philosophy and values of high quality, inclusiveness, accessible and affordable early childhood education still underpins our service today, kindergarten continues to evolve to meet the needs of diverse communities.
There are bilingual kindergartens, home-based services, environmental education focussed kindergartens, mobile kindergartens, a service which promotes and integrates three Pasifika cultures and languages.Some kindergartens support teen parent units, offer parent support and development services and operate as community hubs, giving families access to other community agencies and support.
Some kindergartens offer holiday programmes. Kindergartens are in rural and urban communities. Some are located next to schools and other educational facilities promoting positive engagement with the education sector for families and communities.
We offer over 30 different kindergarten models. Kindergartens offer a variety of different start and finish times, morning, afternoon and school-day sessions, and services for mixed aged groups.
For more information about kindergarten, please contact NZK Chief Executive Clare Wells 0272 955 044