Work for us

To apply for a teaching position with Kindergarten Taranaki, applicants must hold:

  • Diploma or Bachelor Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Current Practising Certificate
  • Current First Aid Certificate

Are you passionate about developing meaningful relationships with tamariki and whānau, by respecting their aspirations for their tamaiti and dedicated in making a difference in our local community? The ability to establish and foster genuine and meaningful relationships with local hapū and iwi and confident in the use of te reo and tikanga Māori is essential.


This is an exciting opportunity to be part of a team to develop and grow the service with new ideas, share your passion, expertise and strengths to enrich learning. Creating an environment where learners can be confident in their identity, language and culture is highly valued in this place.


About these roles

  • Our Kindergartens have beautiful environments with mature trees and uncluttered learning environments, including natural materials and loose parts, with a strong commitment to sustainable practices and involving tamariki in real life learning experiences. Our Kindergartens have strong whānau support and established relationships with schools and support services.


What we offer

  • As part of Kindergarten Taranaki, you have the opportunity to enjoy the benefits of the KTCA and to be part of an organisation which offers fantastic professional development opportunities and ongoing support for you and your career
  • You will be part of a professional network of 24 kindergartens and supported by the Professional Team
  • We encourage all kindergartens to be involved in Enviroschools, Incredible Years, Healthy Heart and deepening our cultural journey to strengthen Te Ao Māori


We have positions at the following kindergartens and will commence at the beginning of

Term I,  21 January 2019.


Avon Kindergarten, Stratford – 0.425 FTE, 17 hours per week

Frankleigh Park Kindergarten, New Plymouth – 1.00 FTE, 40 hours per week

Hawera Kindergarten, Hawera – 0.45 FTE, 18 hours per week

Merrilands Kindergarten, New Plymouth – 0.775 FTE, 31 hours per week

Ngamotu Kindergarten, New Plymouth – 0.425 FTE, 17 hours per week

Patea Kindergarten, Patea – 0.40 FTE, 16 hours per week


All applicants must hold a NZ recognised ECE qualification and current registration (or provide evidence that it has been applied for).  For further information download an application pack from our website or phone 027 639 9830.

Applications close 4 pm Monday 3rd December 2018


Relieving Teachers – Kindergarten Taranaki

Expressions of Interest for Relieving Teachers – Kindergarten Taranaki

Are you passionate about providing a learning environment for all tamariki / whānau / kaiako and dedicated to making a difference in our local community?

If you want to make a difference, we would love to hear from you!  Kindergarten Taranaki (Te Putahi Kura Pūhou o Taranaki) currently has vacancies for Relieving Teachers, both qualified / registered and in-training teachers, to provide relieving cover within the 24 kindergartens across the Taranaki region.  Primary trained teachers may apply for relief teaching work.

Kindergarten Taranaki provides learning environments that are reflective of the communities and whānau that we serve.  Through our vision of “enriching learning”, we deliver our mission of “inspiring tamariki, supporting whānau and growing communities by being innovative leaders in early learning”.

If you want flexible working hours that are well remunerated, then we look forward to your application.   Please include in your covering letter an indication of the locations within Taranaki where you would be willing to provide relief cover.

Arohatia te Mātauranga! We Love Learning!

Kindergarten Administrator

We are seeking a very special person to work alongside our highly skilled and motivated Kaiako (teachers) at Marfell Kindergarten, New Plymouth.  The successful applicant will be responsible for maintaining effective administration systems and a well-managed and welcoming environment for tamariki (children) and their whanau (family).  The position is for 15 hours per week, part year, during term time only (approximately 46 weeks per year including 4 weeks annual leave).

You will be able to:

  • Multi-task and self-manage in a very busy environment.
  • Use technology competently.
  • Demonstrate an excellent work ethic.
  • Communicate effectively with adults and young children, and demonstrate a high level of customer service.

Applications for this role close at midnight on Sunday, 4 November 2018.

You will find the job description for the role of Kindergarten Administrator, and application form at  You must apply for this role via Seek, including your curriculum vitae and covering letter as well as the Kindergarten Taranaki application form.  Confirmation of employment in this role will be subject to a satisfactory police vetting check.

Why choose Kindergarten?

  • Kindergarten Taranaki is the largest ECE provider and employer of ECE Teachers in Taranaki. Our teachers enjoy the following benefits:
  • Collaborative and reciprocal relationships with children and families/whanau in their communities
  • Collegial support/mentoring from highly experienced teachers
  • Excellent Professional learning and development opportunities
  • Generous non- contact time
  • Individualised induction programmes
  • Term breaks including six weeks annual leave
  • Pay parity with Primary/Secondary Teachers and recognition for higher qualifications i.e. degrees*
  • Employee Assistance Programme
  • Support and Guidance programmes for Provisionally Registered Teachers

*The Kindergarten Teachers, Head Teachers and Senior Teachers Collective Agreement  has details of salary scales and conditions of employment.