New Zealand Kindergartens inc

Kindergartens – first choice early childhood education service.

Careers in Kindergarten

Regional kindergarten associations employ teachers, support staff in kindergartens (including people as teacher aides and in administrative roles), as well as administrative staff in association offices. Most associations advertise teacher vacancies in the Education Gazette or, along with non-teaching vacancies, on their websites. Associations have a mix of full time and part-time positions, and short and long term relieving teaching positions.

Teacher qualification requirements

To be employed as a kindergarten teacher in a permanent position you must hold a recognised early childhood education teaching qualification and be a registered teacher with full or provisional registration, or registration subject to confirmation. The qualification will be a three year tertiary diploma, or a three or four year degree or its equivalent. If you are unsure about your qualification status, check with the organisation you completed your training programme with or contact the New Zealand Qualifications Authority for an assessment. If you need further information on teacher registration contact the Education Council. Kindergarten associations provide comprehensive induction programmes for all beginning teachers (provisionally registered teachers) overseen by the professional leadership teams (senior teachers) employed by each association.

Training to be a teacher

There are many providers in New Zealand offering a range of teacher education programmes. Programmes may be campus-based, on-line or in-centre (where you are employed as a staff member while you are studying to become a teacher). In kindergarten, teachers employed in a permanent position will have graduated from a teacher education programme. For more information on providers and programmes, go to TeachNZ

Non-teaching staff

A number of associations employ administrative and cleaning staff and teacher aides to work as part of the kindergarten team. These positions are usually part-time and may be for a fixed term or on a casual basis. Some association offices may also employ finance, property and human resources specialists. Vacancies for these positions will often be on association websites.

Employment conditions

Kindergarten teachers can be covered by the Kindergarten teachers, head teachers, and senior teachers collective agreement 2017 – 2019. Check the copy below to find out whether you would be covered by the agreement, the salary rates, leave entitlements and other employment conditions. Teachers not covered by the collective agreement are covered by an individual employment agreement.

Non-teaching staff employed by associations are most often covered by an individual employment agreement. The agreement is negotiated directly by the employee and employer. There is a collective employment agreement covering association support staff which is currently available to people employed in specific non-teaching positions, such as administrative roles.

Kindergarten associations like all employers are bound by a range of employment legislation including provisions on holidays, parental leave and health and safety. If you want more information about general entitlements as an employee go to the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment website.

KTCA 2017 - 2019 KTCA 2017 - 2019 (421 KB)

KASSCA 2016 - 2018 KASSCA 2016 - 2018 (337 KB)

KASSCA 2014 - 2016 KASSCA 2014 - 2016 (1813 KB)

KTCA 2013 - 2016 KTCA 2013 - 2016 (369 KB)

Individual Employment Agreement 2013-2016 Individual Employment Agreement 2013-2016 (19 KB)

KTCA Variation signed 26 Aug 2016 KTCA Variation signed 26 Aug 2016 (459 KB)

KASSCA 2012 - 2014 KASSCA 2012 - 2014 (173 KB)

KTCA 2011-2013 - summary of changes KTCA 2011-2013 - summary of changes (88 KB)

KTCA 2011 - 2013 KTCA 2011 - 2013 (314 KB)

Individual Employment Agreement 2011-2013 Individual Employment Agreement 2011-2013 (25 KB)

Individual Employment Agreement 2017 Individual Employment Agreement 2017 (29 KB)

Individual Employment Agreement 2015 Individual Employment Agreement 2015 (19 KB)

KASSCA 2011 - 2012 KASSCA 2011 - 2012 (1192 KB)

Individual Employment Agreement 2009-2011 Individual Employment Agreement 2009-2011 (18 KB)

KTCA 2009 - 2011 KTCA 2009 - 2011 (4155 KB)

KASSCA 2008 - 2010 KASSCA 2008 - 2010 (122 KB)


New Zealand Kindergartens Inc

Level 1, 32 The Terrace,
P.O. Box 3058, Wellington
Phone: 04 471-0775

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