3 reasons why you should
as your first choice for quality, affordable Early Childhood Education
1 Highest Quality Early Childhood Education
The Northland Kindergarten Association (NKA) has 22 Kindergartens throughout Northland. Every teacher we employ is a fully registered and trained ECE teaching professional. The Teachers are supported by a full time Professional Practice Team to ensure they maintain the highest standards of practice and provide the most up to date learning opportunities for all children. The NKA was the first ECE organisations in NZ to have some of their centres receive the highest level classifications available from ERO in 2013. The NKA also employees a permanent Speech and Language therapist and a Pou Whakarewa Tikanga Maori to support our Bi-cultural programs. The NKA is recognised as the leader and innovator in service and delivery of ECE in Northland.
2 Lowest Cost Early Childhood Education
The most you will pay for 30 hours of the highest quality ECE at any NKA Kindergarten is $14 per week. All NKA kindergartens utilise the 20 ECE hours provided by the Ministry of Education and charge only $2 per hour after 23 hours. So if your child attends 30 hours per week for the entire year it will only cost a maximum of $588 per year. The NKA also has other options available to assist those who struggle to make payments. We are more focussed on increasing presence and participation than making money.
3 Communities Focussed Early Childhood Education
The NKA is a community based organisation which re-invests all monies back into the kindergarten association and its kindergartens. Each of our 22 Kindergartens is an individual reflection of the community in which it is situated. We value input and suggestions from our Kindergarten communities and adapt our philosophies and environments to suit the needs and aspirations of the children attending. We welcome parent and whanau help in the kindergartens but it is not a requirement. Children as young as 2 can commence their kindergarten experience.
Contact your local Kindergarten or the NKA Office to find out about the services we provide and the hours which may suit your needs. All information and details can be found on www.nka.org.nz or check out our NKA facebook page.
Nau mai, haere mai
Welcome to the Northland Kindergarten Association
Te Kura Kōhungahunga Tōpū o Te Tai Tokerau
The Northland Kindergarten Association (NKA) currently has 21 wonderful kindergartens each with a unique character and feel that mirror the community and environment in which they are situated. We have kindergartens spread between Kerikeri in the mid-north to Ruawai in the heart of the Kaipara. All NKA kindergartens offer the 20 ECE hours.
Our centres encourage and provide the opportunity for parents and Whānau to be part of the experience that only kindergartens can provide for our children. Each kindergarten has a fully trained teaching team and a ratio of 1 teacher for every 10 children.
The NKA provides the most comprehensive ECE available in New Zealand at present, including specialist services such as:
- Speech & Language Therapist to support any aspect of children’s communication;
- Pou Whakarewa Tikanga Māori (Māori Advisor) to enhance the bicultural practices within the NKA and the individual kindergartens.
Kindergartens have been part of New Zealand culture for over 100 years and continue to be the leaders in Early Childhood Education. Our Kindergartens don’t just provide a service for a community they are part of the community “Giving our children an excellent start for lifelong learning”.
Our strategic plan has been developed in line with the Governments strategic plan, Pathways to the Future: Ngā Huarahi Arataki 2012. We strive to provide the best possible Early Childhood Education (ECE) available for the tamariki/children of Northland.
Ngā mihi nui / Kind Regards,