New Zealand Kindergartens inc

Kindergartens – first choice early childhood education service.


All media enquiries should be directed to Clare Wells, NZK Chief Executive (04) 471 0775 or 027 295 5044.

Quality ECE services in jeopardy 04-Oct-2018

“The announcement that four kinder..

Discussion on home-based ECE services welcomed 24-Aug-2018

“Ensuring every child experiences ..

Well-being of children and families a welcome focus 17-May-2018

“Placing the well-being of children, famil..

Time to get it right for early childhood education 05-Apr-2018

“It’s our time get early childhood education ..

Ensuring the best for children in ECE 13-Feb-2018

“The release of the latest Childcare Survey is time..

Easier access to learning support - but will it be? 11-Aug-2017

“Improving the way children and families acc..

Funding changes – a welcome shift 31-Jul-2017

“Shifting away from the current decile and e..

OECD backs-up investing in quality ECE 22-Jun-2017

“The focus on high quality early childhood e..

Kindergarten calls for 100% funding to be restored 07-Jun-2017

ECE underfunding is in the news – read more here: ..

Government fails ECE services – again 25-May-2017

“Once again the government has failed to inc..

A cautious approach to supporting oral language needed 04-May-2017

New Zealand Kindergartens Te Pūtahi Kura Puhou o A..

Funding increase for young children’s learning support long overdue 04-May-2017

New Zealand Kindergartens Te Pūtahi Kura Puhou o Aote..

New Zealand Kindergartens welcomes new education minister 27-Apr-2017

New Zealand Kindergartens Te Pūtahi Kura Puhou o A..

Revised curriculum welcomed 12-Apr-2017

New Zealand Kindergartens Te Pūtahi Kura Puhou o Aotearoa..

2017 Education Excellence Awards Judges Named 06-Mar-2017

New Zealand Kindergartens (NZK) Chief Executive Clare Wel..

Radio New Zealand Morning Report - ECE worth more 21-Feb-2017

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Appointment welcomed 19-Dec-2016

Clare Wells, chief executive of New Zealand..

Funding for children’s futures 18-Nov-2016

New Zealand Kindergartens Te Pūtahi Kura Puhou o ..

NZK celebrates Teachers’ Day 28-Oct-2016

Aotearoa New Zealand Teachers’ Day is ..

NZK congratulates NEiTA Award recipients 16-Sep-2016

New Zealand Kindergartens congratulates the early chi..

Cautious support for extra funding for young children with learning needs 23-Aug-2016

“We owe it to every child to make sure they ..

Māori Language Week 04-Jul-2016

New Zealand Kindergartens marks Māori Language Wee..

Budget - a big disappointment 26-May-2016

The government had the ideal opportunity to invest..

A tribute to Professor Anne Smith 23-May-2016

Anne was a leading figure for children’s rig..

Where is the funding for young children with additional learning needs? 11-May-2016

NZ Kindergartens welcomes the Minister of Educatio..

New Years Honour awarded to Professor Helen May 05-Jan-2016

New Zealand Kindergartens, Te Pūtahi Kura Puhou O Aot..

Updating the Education Act 1989 – have your say! 18-Nov-2015

Minister of Education Hekia Parata launched a publ..

Post-graduate qualifications welcomed 15-Oct-2015

NZ Kindergartens (NZK) welcomes the announcement tha..

Advisory Group report welcomed 05-Oct-2015

NZ Kindergartens (NZK) welcomes the Advisory Group..

Clare Wells - keynote speaker at 2015 ECE Convention 29-Sep-2015

This weekend New Zealand Kindergartens Chief Execu..

2015 NZK Governance Hui 14-Sep-2015

Over the weekend, New Zealand Kindergartens (NZK) ..

Broader approach to child poverty needed 25-Aug-2015

Last week the government released the 2015 Househo..

Maths week highlights teaching and learning in kindergarten 10-Aug-2015

This week is Maths Week. While Maths Week is tradi..

Growing the kindergarten network 14-Jul-2015

Congratulations to Kidsfirst Kindergartens on open..

Congratulations to the Prime Minister’s Education Excellence Awards Winners 18-Jun-2015

New Zealand Kindergartens congratulates the winner..

New Zealand Kindergartens Chief Executive appointed member of new Education Council 10-Jun-2015

Clare Wells, Chief Executive of New Zealand ..

Special Education Working Group Report Released 28-May-2015

In late 2014, New Zealand Kindergartens (NZK) ..

Budget 2015 is a missed opportunity to improve quality in ECE 21-May-2015

New Zealand Kindergartens acknowledges the $75 mil..

Growing Kindergarten 18-May-2015

Kindergarten has been in New Zealand for over 125 ..

Congratulations to the Prime Minister’s Education Excellence Awards Finalists 14-May-2015

New Zealand Kindergartens congratulates the elev..

Kindergarten children mark ANZAC Day 29-Apr-2015

Children, whānau and teachers across the country m..

Tribute to Judith Duncan 08-Apr-2015

Judith Duncan had a long association with kinderga..

NZ report on United Nations convention obligations 04-Mar-2015

New Zealand Kindergartens (NZK) acknowledges the g..

Children’s Day 2015 - Treasure our Children 26-Feb-2015

New Zealand Kindergartens (NZK) acknowledges Chi..

More needs to be done to support children and whānau 17-Feb-2015

The 2015 State of the Nation report from the Salva..

New professional body for teachers 12-Feb-2015

The passage of the Education Amendment Bill (No 2)..

Focus on ECE in 2015 14-Jan-2015

2015 promises to be a pivotal year for early chi..

Congratulations to New Year Honours recipients 13-Jan-2015

New Zealand Kindergartens, Te Pūtahi Kura P..

Inequality rising - OECD 22-Dec-2014

A new report from the Organisation for Economic Co..

Kindergartens Embrace Enviroschools Programme 10-Dec-2014

A winning partnership between a school and kinde..

Professor Helen May elected President of International Froebel Society 30-Oct-2014

NZ Kindergartens congratulates Dr Helen May,..

Kindergarten teacher wins national excellence in teaching award 13-Oct-2014

New Zealand Kindergartens congratulates Christine Alford on ..

Political party ECE policies – election 2014 26-Aug-2014

As election-day approaches, political parties are ..

New chapter for kindergarten in the Wellington region 06-Aug-2014

The Rimutaka and Wellington Region Free Kindergarten Asso..

Shaping the future 28-Jul-2014

It is election year and political parties have beg..

Kindergarten Excellence 21-May-2014

National Excellence in Teaching Awards (NEiTA) ..

Budget invests an extra $155.7m in ECE 15-May-2014

Read the government media release regarding ECE fu..

ECE funding lacks focus on quality 15-May-2014

New Zealand Kindergartens welcomes the $155...

Kindergarten Featured at Regional Festivals of Education 2014 20-Mar-2014

Kindergarten will feature at the Auckland, Welling..

New kindergarten organisation for Taranaki 03-Mar-2014

A new organisation operating the 24 kindergartens ..

Kindergarten celebrates Children’s Day 2014 28-Feb-2014

New Zealand Kindergartens acknowledges Children’s..

Prime Minister visits kindergarten 20-Feb-2014

The Prime Minister has two separate visits to kindergar..

Politicians Support Access to High Quality ECE 04-Feb-2014

A number of select committee reports were released..

Collaboration key to success in education 15-Jan-2014

Kindergarten will celebrate its 125th year in New Zealan..

Kindergarten: enduring values supporting excellence in every community 24-Oct-2013

For nearly 125 years, kindergarten has been commit..

ECE leaders sceptical about quality of education 02-Aug-2013

New Zealand Kindergartens Chief Executive, Clare Well..

Early childhood projects meet target, but more needed 01-Aug-2013

New Zealand Kindergartens Chief Executive, Clare Well..

NZK Chief Executive Clare Wells on Radio New Zealand 31-Jul-2013

New Zealand Kindergartens Chief Executive, Clare Wells, ..

Maintaining high quality ECE is key to lifting achievement and ensuring 5 out of 5 learners succeed 29-May-2013

While the government commitment to increasing participat..

Early Childhood Education sector response to the 2013 Budget 22-May-2013

New Zealand Kindergartens (http://www.nzkinderga..

Increased investment - does it go far enough? 16-May-2013

The $172.5 million to early childhood education (E..

Budget 2013 - Education 14-May-2013

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Early childhood education key Government priority 26-Feb-2013

There is a great deal of positive momentum and focus on ..

ICT and early childhood education 07-Nov-2012

New Zealand Education Review published an article on the ..

New Zealand Kindergartens (NZK) pays tribute to an inspirational leader 04-Nov-2012

“A passionate advocate for the rights of child..

Radio New Zealand investigates the issue of compulsory early childhood education for beneficiaries 31-Oct-2012

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Prevention, cross-agency coordination and universal service provision 27-Jul-2012

In its oral submission this week, New Zealand Kindergartens ..

Coroners report recommendations for education sector 25-Jul-2012

Last week a coroner’s report was released on the death..

Economist ranks NZ early childhood system 9th in the world 27-Jun-2012

A new study by the Economist Intelligence Unit ranks New..

Advisory group warns about education quality 31-May-2012

Radio New Zealand investigates a recent report from the gove..

NZK Applauds Recommendations to Raise Quality in Early Childhood 25-May-2012

“New Zealand Kindergartens welcomes recommend..

New Zealand Kindergarten (NZK) Response to the 2012 Budget 24-May-2012

“Additional funding to support increased participa..

NZK congratulates recipients of National Excellence in Teaching and Leadership Awards 04-May-2012

Teachers were honoured yesterday at the National E..

Government Efforts to Increase ECE Participation Examined 15-Apr-2012

On Sunday 15 April, the Radio NZ Insight programme featu..

ECE fears more funding cuts 26-Mar-2012

Early childhood educations services are concerned that the 2..

Early education's critical path 14-Feb-2012

We are at a critical crossroad for early childhood educa..

Taking action to raise quality in early childhood education 10-Feb-2012

Education Minister Hekia Parata has announced the establ..

NZ Kindergarten Response to Treasury Briefing Recommendations for Early Childhood Education 03-Feb-2012

New Zealand Kindergartens (NZK) warns that targeti..


New Zealand Kindergartens looks forward to engaging in t..


Ensuring the needs and aspirations of all children and t..

Kindergarten funding 21-Jul-2011

Questions were raised in the media recently about kinderg..


The Ministry of Education’s latest decision to allo..

ECE Taskforce Report Released 01-Jun-2011



An increase of $550 million for early childhood education..

Funding cuts take effect 31-Jan-2011

News Release Millions of dollars wil..

More funding cuts to kindergartens 25-Nov-2010

Another million dollars will be cut from Government fundi..

Early Childhood Education Funding Protest 04-Nov-2010

Teachers, parents and employers will be peacefully protestin..

Economic Benefits of Early Education 03-Nov-2010

Some of New Zealand’s leading economists, social comme..

Giving Teachers the Recognition They Deserve 28-Oct-2010

UNESCO World Teachers Day (celebrated on 29 October 2010) pr..

Taskforce needs to focus on children 12-Oct-2010

The Government’s newly established Taskforce on Early ..

Kindergarten committed to 100% qualified teachers 31-Aug-2010

Delegates attending the New Zealand Kindergartens (NZK) ..

Opinion - Clare Wells, Dompost 8 June 2010 08-Jun-2010

Budget cuts a step backward for early childhood educati..

Children lose out in Budget Cutbacks 21-May-2010

New Zealand Kindergartens Inc, the national group representi..

Early childhood education – a sound investment 07-May-2010

“Investing in quality early childhood education is..

Kindergarten still in demand 19-Jan-2010

“Changing the way kindergartens operate and the introduc..

high quality early childhood education 03-Nov-2009

The right of every child to participate in high quality ..

Government scraps qualified teacher targets 29-Oct-2009

“Changes to the qualified teacher targets for early chil..

NZK 2009 president 13-Aug-2009

New Zealand Kindergartens (NZK) welcomes Janice Bromell ..


New Zealand Kindergartens Inc

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

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