Te Kura Kōhungahunga Tōpū o Te Tai Tokerau

Giving our children an excellent start for life long learning.

Our Locations

All Northland Kindergartens are

FREE!

48 weeks per year,
30 hours per week,
FREE

We are Kindergarten

Giving our children an excellent start to education and their lives is of huge importance to us. This means enriching every child’s experience and helping them to discover a joy of learning. It also means creating magical moments and memories that are synonymous with kindergarten.

The word ‘kindergarten’ literally means ‘children’s garden’. At NKA we recognise that children are the seeds of our communities’ futures. In each of our 25 kindergartens located across Northland, our 100% qualified and trained teachers offer nurturing, empowering and culturally relevant early childhood education experiences for each and every child, helping tamariki to grow into self-confident individuals and lifelong learners.

We are Kindergarten for every child

Unlike private early education and childcare institutes, NKA is fully government-funded and not for profit. This means that 100% of funds go into quality resources and trained teachers, and into providing fees-free early childhood education for all children. At NKA, every child is valued, and every child is given equal opportunity to blossom.

We are Kindergarten

Giving our children an excellent start to education and their lives is of huge importance to us. This means enriching every child’s experience and helping them to discover a joy of learning. It also means creating magical moments and memories that are synonymous with kindergarten.

The word ‘kindergarten’ literally means ‘children’s garden’. At NKA we recognise that children are the seeds of our communities’ futures. In each of our 25 kindergartens located across Northland, our 100% qualified and trained teachers offer nurturing, empowering and culturally relevant early childhood education experiences for each and every child, helping tamariki to grow into self-confident individuals and lifelong learners.

We are Kindergarten for every child

Unlike private early education and childcare institutes, NKA is fully government-funded and not for profit. This means that 100% of funds go into quality resources and trained teachers, and into providing fees-free early childhood education for all children. At NKA, every child is valued, and every child is given equal opportunity to blossom.

We are Kindergarten, we are community

Te Kura Kōhungahunga Tōpū o Te Tai Tokerau (the Northland Kindergarten Association) is a network of kindergartens, situated in communities throughout Whāngarei, Kaipara, the Bay of Islands and the Far North; supported and managed by a strong team of qualified and experienced educators. Each of our kindergartens has its foundations in the shared values, guiding principles and teaching philosophies upheld by all NKA kindergartens. One of NKA’s central values is Whanaungatanga (Community), which is why each of our kindergartens is a direct reflection of the community in which it is based. Our kaiako work directly with whānau to craft play environments and facilitate scaffolding lifelong learning experiences that honour the heritage, culture, customs, values, languages, interests and aspirations of the local hapū.

Playing is learning is growing

Kindergartens have been New Zealand’s leading early childhood education providers for over a century. For many, kindergarten is the place where key lifelong foundational learning skills, memories and friendships are first developed. The children’s garden is a magical place full of wonder where a child’s mana is upheld, and their imagination is nurtured, nourished and enabled to flourish. Each nook and cranny of our kindergartens has been crafted with the utmost care and attention to detail to create a safe, stimulating environment – that represents the values and culture of the community they are situated in – for tamariki to explore. From discovering the laws of physics while building with blocks, to learning social skills playing in the sandpit with peers, play provides endless organic opportunities for children to discover new ideas, experiment with new concepts, and broaden their horizons through experience. Scaffolding lifelong learning means learning transferrable life skills in a logical order so that children are constantly building on their capabilities and knowledge. Through both self-initiated playtime and kaiako-led activities children are empowered in their physical, emotional, cognitive and spiritual development to grow into well-rounded capable.

We are Kindergarten, we are community

Te Kura Kōhungahunga Tōpū o Te Tai Tokerau (the Northland Kindergarten Association) is a network of kindergartens, situated in communities throughout Whāngarei, Kaipara, the Bay of Islands and the Far North; supported and managed by a strong team of qualified and experienced educators. Each of our kindergartens has its foundations in the shared values, guiding principles and teaching philosophies upheld by all NKA kindergartens. One of NKA’s central values is Whanaungatanga (Community), which is why each of our kindergartens is a direct reflection of the community in which it is based. Our kaiako work directly with whānau to craft play environments and facilitate scaffolding lifelong learning experiences that honour the heritage, culture, customs, values, languages, interests and aspirations of the local hapū.

Playing is learning is growing

Kindergartens have been New Zealand’s leading early childhood education providers for over a century. For many, kindergarten is the place where key lifelong foundational learning skills, memories and friendships are first developed. The children’s garden is a magical place full of wonder where a child’s mana is upheld, and their imagination is nurtured, nourished and enabled to flourish. Each nook and cranny of our kindergartens has been crafted with the utmost care and attention to detail to create a safe, stimulating environment – that represents the values and culture of the community they are situated in – for tamariki to explore. From discovering the laws of physics while building with blocks, to learning social skills playing in the sandpit with peers, play provides endless organic opportunities for children to discover new ideas, experiment with new concepts, and broaden their horizons through experience. Scaffolding lifelong learning means learning transferrable life skills in a logical order so that children are constantly building on their capabilities and knowledge. Through both self-initiated playtime and kaiako-led activities children are empowered in their physical, emotional, cognitive and spiritual development to grow into well-rounded capable

Our Speech and Language Clinic

NKA employs Speech-language therapists to assist and support your child’s communication development. Our therapists see children who have mild to moderate needs. We work together with you, your child and their teacher.

Because it’s the little things that matter

NKA is Northland’s first choice for early learning services because we know that it’s the little things that matter. Your child’s first hand-painting, making a new friend, or independently solving a problem are all important milestones in your child’s development. Our kaiako know that the little things that matter most are your precious tamariki and that’s why we take such care with every detail, and every decision, big and small, when it comes to their kindergarten experience.

Languages

Our kaiako the backbone of our organisation and at the heart of ourcommunities. Our kindergarten teachers are trained to the same level, and holdthe same qualifications, as primary school teachers. Theory, purpose andcareful planning underpinshe mahi of our kaiako who make intentional choices onhow they facilitate, structure and lead play-based learning experiences.  

Because it’s the little things that matter

NKA is Northland’s first choice for early learning services because we know that it’s the little things that matter. Your child’s first hand-painting, making a new friend, or independently solving a problem are all important milestones in your child’s development. Our kaiako know that the little things that matter most are your precious tamariki and that’s why we take such care with every detail, and every decision, big and small, when it comes to their kindergarten experience.

News and Events

25 kindergartens across northland

It’s the little things that make kindergarten a magical, adventurous learning experience.

Important

Please note that with the change to alert levels, kindergarten staff will be endeavouring to contact whānau regarding attendance at Level 3.

A reminder that kindergartens are closed at Level 3, with the exception of those few children whose parents and carers must go to work at Level 3 and where there is no appropriate caregiver available at home.  

Any further updates will be posted as they become available. Thank you for your patience and understanding. Stay safe and stay well.

Please continue to stay safe and remember to stay home if you are sick.

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