NZK Strategic Framework 2019 to 2026

Our Values

Whanaungatanga – kinship and collectivism
Manaakitanga – reciprocity and goodwill
Kotahitanga – unity
Aroha – compassion, affection and regard
Kia Manawanui – strong, steadfast and willing

Our Purpose

To grow and strengthen the kindergarten movement

Our strategic Intent

Every child can be a kindergarten child because the movement:

  • is the public provider of early childhood education
  • is the heart of and reflects local communities
  • is available, accessible, affordable, and appropriate
  • delivers excellence in teaching and learning

Strategic Priorities 2019 – 2021


Lead the movement to meet the needs and aspirations of young children, their families and whānau, and community.

We Will See

  • Principles of Te Tiriti o Waitangi demonstrated in all settings
  • Boards and staff reflect the diversity of the community
  • Policies are child centric


Lead the movement to grow and expand; maximise effectiveness and efficiency opportunities; be relevant and fit for purpose.

We Will See

  • National and local strategic partnerships
  • Unified movement
  • Consistent policies, practice and process
  • Increased number of child places
  • Increased level of participation
  • Expanded service offerings

Leading Practice

Lead the movement to deliver best practice and emergent practice in teaching and learning, governance, management and leadership.

We Will See

  • Advocacy & influence across government & peak bodies
  • 100% qualified teaching staff
  • Improved use of technology
  • ERO standards are met
  • Governance meets IOD standard
  • Legislative compliance across all business activity