New Zealand Kindergartens Incorporated Te Pūtahi Kura Puhou o Aotearoa (NZK) is the national organisation representing the collective interests of 25 regional kindergarten associations which provide some 460 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.
NZK strategic goals
Growth and diversity
Provide the environment to enable our member associations to increase the participation of children and whānau in early childhood education.
Model effective and efficient business and governance practice.
Model and promote best practice.
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-five of the 30 regional kindergarten associations are members of NZK. Associations range in size from He Whānau Manaaki o Tararua Free Kindergarten Association (in the greater Wellington region) with 85 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
This page provides early childhood education and kindergarten statistics as well as some examples of kindergarten initiatives and innovations developed to enhance teaching and learning and strengthen relationships with whānau and communities.
NZK annual reports, reviewed financial performance reports, publications and submissions.
New Zealand Kindergartens (NZK) has established a research ethics committee to support kindergarten teachers undertaking research. The ethics committee helps to ensure that research is ethically sound and meets agreed ethical principles.
NZK acknowledges the contribution of teachers and professional leaders, support staff in kindergartens,management and association office staff, committee members, association board members and kindergarten volunteers to the lives of young children, their families and whānau and community.