New Zealand Kindergartens Incorporated Te Pūtahi Kura Puhou o Aotearoa (NZK) is the national organisation representing the collective interests of 23 regional kindergarten associations which provide over 500 kindergarten and other services nationwide.
We believe access to high quality early childhood education is a right for every child. We work with government and its agencies, advocating excellence in teaching and learning, and affordable, accessible and inclusive kindergarten services in every community.
NZK provides governance and management advice and support to member associations, facilitates training and development opportunities through national hui and conferences, and procures national services and membership programmes. We represent kindergarten on ministerial and government agency advisory committees and working groups, present the views of kindergarten to government ministers and to parliamentary select committees, and present members’ views publicly through the media.
The NZK Strategic Framework 2019 to 2026 – To grow and strengthen the kindergarten movement so that every child can be a kindergarten child.
NZK is an incorporated society and registered charity, governed by a board comprising seven people four of whom are elected from the membership and three are appointed.
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Twenty-three of the 29 regional kindergarten associations are members of NZK. Associations range in size from Auckland Kindergarten Association with 110 kindergartens and services, to Geraldine Free Kindergarten Association in the South Island, with one kindergarten. Associations are independent and autonomous entities, each formally constituted as an incorporated society and registered charity. They are community-based and not-for-profit. Associations employ teaching and non-teaching staff and manage significant property portfolios.
Kindergartens have been at the heart of New Zealand communities for over 120 years. Discover our wonderful kindergarten history on the kindergarten heritage website.
Growing a kindergarten movement in Aotearoa New Zealand:
Its people, purposes and politics
Helen May and Kerry Bethell, 2017