About

OUR VISION

Kindergarten Taranaki is the not-for-profit Association for the 24 Kindergartens across the Taranaki region. We have Kindergartens in Patea, Hawera, Eltham, Stratford, Inglewood, Bell Block, Waitara, Oakura and New Plymouth. More than 1,000 children attend our Kindergartens.

NOTICE OF MEETING

 

 TARANAKI FREE KINDERGARTEN ASSOCIATION (INC)

trading as KINDERGARTEN TARANAKI

 

Annual General Meeting

to be held on Thursday, 9 September commencing at 7 pm

at Fern Lodge, 40 Matai Street, Inglewood

 

Presentation of the Taranaki Free Kindergarten Association (Inc)

Annual Report (March 2020 – February 2021)

Election of Governing Board members

 

Guest Speakers:  Barry Jordan and Clare Wells 

Project Team, Kindergartens Aotearoa

 

Supper will be served at the close of the meeting

Whānau, staff and other interested people are invited to attend

 

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KINDERGARTEN TARANAKI GOVERNING BOARD

CALLING FOR NOMINATIONS

As a member of Kindergarten Taranaki you have a great opportunity to develop and hone your Governance skills and capability.  The Governing Board is responsible for setting the strategic direction for the Association to maintain the viability of Kindergarten education for all tamariki/children in Taranaki now, and for future generations.  Kindergarten has a legacy of providing quality early childhood education and we remain committed to continuing that legacy.

 

You could contribute to this by standing for election to the Governing Board.  The Governing Board is required to hold eight (8) meetings in a calendar year.  The Board meets at Kindergarten House, New Plymouth, and attending meetings remotely via Zoom is also an option if attendance in person is a problem.

 

The Chief Executive has delegated responsibility from the Governing Board for the day-to-day operation and management of Kindergarten Taranaki and its 24 Kindergartens and 200 staff, with an annual turnover of approximately $11.6m.

 

There are two (2) member vacancies to be filled this year for the next two (2) year term.  Board members hold office for two (2) years commencing from the closing of the meeting at which they are elected, continuing until the end of the second Annual General Meeting following election.  Board members are eligible for re-election from the end of their term of office.

 

Serving on the Governing Board helps ensure Kindergarten education will continue in Taranaki, and remain strong and relevant for current and future generations.

 

Nominations are now open

 

Collect a nomination form from your Kindergarten or click on the button below.

OUR PEOPLE

Kindergarten Taranaki provides administrative, management and property management support to our 24 kindergartens and educational leadership and professional development for over 200 staff.

Responsibility for the day-to-day management of Kindergarten Taranaki lies with the Chief Executive and Association Office team.

Association office team

Dawn Osman –  Chief Executive

dawn.osman@kindergartentaranaki.co.nz

027 639 9828

Steve Smith – Finance Manager

steve.smith@kindergartentaranaki.co.nz

027 639 9834

Seraya Hughes-Senior Teacher -(Relieving)

seraya.hughes-st@kindergartentaranaki.co.nz

027 639 9844

Leena Thomas – Senior Teacher

leena.thomas-st@kindergartentaranaki.co.nz

027 639 9823

Debbie Vertongen – Senior Teacher

debbie.vertongen@kindergartentaranaki.co.nz

027 639 9833

Esther Young – Finance Officer

financeofficer@kindergartentaranaki.co.nz

027 639 9842

Aira Cooper – Payroll and Human Resource Information Systems Officer

payrollofficer@kindergartentaranaki.co.nz

027 639 9836

 Dave Skurr – Facilities, Services and Systems Support Co-ordinator

systemssupport@kindergartentaranaki.co.nz

027 639 9840

Bernadette Bruce – Senior Administrator

admin@kindegartentaranaki.co.nz

027 639 9830

Viv Standen – Reliever Co-ordinator and Admin Assistant

relievers@kindergartentaranaki.co.nz

adminassit@kindergartentaranaki.co.nz

027 639 9827

Kristina Forsberg  – Facilities  & Services Team Leader

facilities@kindergartentaranaki.co.nz

027 639 9826

Shane Cassidy- Pou Arahi

pouarahi@kindergartentaranaki.co.nz

027 639 9840

Paige Smith – People & Culture Team Leader

hr@kindergartentaranaki.co.nz

027 639 9820

THE BOARD

We are an Incorporated Society governed by our Board – an elected group of parents, whānau and  a staff representative. 

 

The Governing Board is responsible for setting and monitoring  Kindergarten Taranaki’s strategic direction and goals and employs the Chief Executive. Board members take responsibility for all aspects of governance and stewardship.

COMMITTEES AND WHĀNAU GROUPS

Being part of a Kindergarten Taranaki committee or whānau group is a great way to get to know people, learn more about your child’s learning environment and contribute to your community.

Committees and Whānau Groups work in partnership with our teaching teams and the wider community to support our kindergartens, particularly in the area of fundraising activities, organising social events and working bees.

They also provide a family and community perspective for our teaching teams, which helps develop the direction and culture of our kindergartens.

Working together with teachers, they proactively promote and advocate for Kindergarten Taranaki in the community and provide invaluable help and support.

Local committee and Whānau Group meetings are held once a month and the Annual Meeting for the kindergarten is held in May each year.

New committee or Whānau Group members are welcome at any time  during the year, and it is a great way to get to know people in your community. Our kindergartens grow stronger with the support of parents, committee and Whānau groups.

KINDERGARTENS IN TARANAKI NEED YOU!

Joining your local Committee or Whānau Group or becoming a Board Member is a great way to help ensure Kindergarten education in Taranaki remains strong and relevant for current and future directions, plus it’s a great way to build governance skills and experience.