New kindergarten organisation for Taranaki
A new organisation operating the 24 kindergartens in Taranaki comes into effect today. Kindergarten Taranaki brings together the North and South Taranaki kindergarten associations to create a new, single association for the Taranaki region.
“The launch of the new association is a great move forward for kindergarten in Taranaki,” said Tania Bruhn, Chairperson, North Taranaki Kindergarten Association. “We thank all those who contributed to the establishment of the association for their passion, enthusiasm and hard work over the past year to realise this goal.”
“One association for the region makes good sense,“ said Jamie Swan, President, South Taranaki Kindergarten Association. “It brings together the professional expertise of 99 teachers working with over 1,300 children, their families and whānau, and makes best use of the resources we have to support excellence in early childhood education.”
Taranaki will operate twenty-four kindergartens from Patea to Waitara representing 22% of early childhood education services in the region. Employing 150 staff, the association will be one of the larger employers in the region. Cherie Boyd, the new Chief Executive of Kindergarten Taranaki, takes up her position on 28 April.
“It is exciting to reach this point.” said Tania Bruhn. “Kindergarten is all about children and families and the communities we work in. We remain community-based and not-for-profit, and look forward to a strong and vibrant future for kindergarten in Taranaki," said Jamie Swan.
December 2011: the governance boards of the North and South Taranaki kindergarten associations came together to discuss the future of kindergarten in the Taranaki region. The associations set off on a journey called Vision Taranaki, with the goal to ensure kindergarten services are enduring, sustainable and continue to meet the needs of Taranaki children, whānau and communities in the future. The shared values, aspirations and principles of kindergarten underpinned the discussions.
September 2012: the Vision Taranaki working group recommended that a new organisation be created and a transition group established.
May 2013: a final report from the transition group made recommendations on how to move forward.
August 2013: at the North and South Taranaki Kindergarten Associations’ annual general meetings, the membership of each association voted unanimously in support of a resolution “that a new Kindergarten Association be established in the Taranaki region.”
February 2014: appointment of the Chief Executive of Kindergarten Taranaki.
March 2014: new organisation launches.
For more information contact Jamie Swan, President, South Taranaki Kindergarten Association m: 027 654 1257 or Tania Bruhn, Chairperson, North Taranaki Kindergarten Association m: 021 141 9268 or visit www.nzkindergarten.org.nz/visiontaranaki