New Zealand Kindergartens inc

Every child has the right to participate in high quality early childhood education 

“From the moment I stepped through the door, I was greeted and welcomed into a loving and caring environment. The kids looked happy and healthy. First impressions last, and this is why I chose kindergarten.” - Parent

“We chose kindergarten for our children as we believe it offers a seamless transition to the future school environment, moving from afternoon sessions to mornings, and finally on to school gives our children a sense of achievement and growth; it’s kind of like a rite of passage.” - Parent

“Our children have all advanced socially, physically and emotionally since starting at kindergarten. It has given them so many fun and interactive learning experiences that they otherwise wouldn’t have had. ” - Parent

“When we moved back to New Zealand one of the first things I did was enrol my youngest child into kindergarten. I wanted him to mix with children he would be going to school with and to continue to learn in a fun, creative and exciting environment. It is important that he knows the expectations of a learning environment and to have the confidence and skills to interact with a variety of adults.” - Parent

Children and families and whanau are at the heart of what we do. In 2014, we look forward to engaging with our communities and progressing the inspiring teaching and learning that happens in kindergarten every day.

  • Kindergartens have been at the heart of New Zealand communities for over 120 years
  • All teachers are qualified teachers and registered with the New Zealand Teachers Council
  • Kindergartens are centres of excellence and innovation in early childhood education
  • There are over 30 different models of kindergarten to support the needs of families including cultural and language aspirations

TERm dates 2014


Start date 

End date


Late January
check with your local association

Thursday 17 April


Monday 5 May

Friday 4 July


Monday 21 July

Friday 26 September


Monday 13 October

Late December
check with your local association


New Zealand Kindergartens Inc

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

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