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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

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 Pūtahi Kura Pūhou o Taranaki) currently has vacancies for qualified/registered Teachers (including primary) to provide relieving cover within the 24 kindergartens across the Taranaki region.

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.

Please forward the completed Kindergarten Taranaki application form with your curriculum vitae to

Arohatia te Mātauranga! We Love Learning!

Hawera Kindergarten


(Permanent Full-time  1.00 FTE, 40 hours per week)


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 this role

  • The teaching team prides itself on strong reciprocal relationships with whānau, and their special place within their community
  • Hawera Kindergarten is situated in spacious, beautiful grounds and has a strong Enviroschools lens


What we offer

  • Benefits of the KTCA
  • An organisation which offers fantastic professional development opportunities
  • Professional network of 24 Kindergartens
  • We encourage all Kindergartens to be involved in Enviroschools, Incredible Years, Healthy Heart and deepening our cultural journey to strengthen Te Ao Māori


All applicants must hold a NZ recognised ECE qualification and current registration. For further information download an application pack from our website or phone 027 639 9830.

Applications close at 8 am on Tuesday, 12 March 2024.


Kindergarten Taranaki is seeking casual staff to stand in at short notice to relieve as Cook or Van Driver at our Kindergartens.

As Relieving Cook you will be skilled in preparing and serving nutritious meals for children from two years of age and, ideally have a Food Handling certificate.  The hours of work are usually four (4) per day from approximately 9 am to 1 pm.  Kindergarten Taranaki currently has five (5) food service kindergartens that may require relief cooks.  Kindergarten Taranaki is supported by the national charity KidsCan NZ providing appropriate and nutritiously satisfying meals for young, growing children.

As Relieving Driver you will be responsible for the collection and delivery of children from their homes to Orapa and Waitara Central Kindergartens in Waitara.  The hours of work are three (3) per day from 8-9.30 am and 2.15-3.45 pm.  This position requires a current full Driver Licence.

Please download the Application Form by clicking on the button below and return the completed application form to .  Confirmation of employment in this role will be subject to satisfactory safety checks and police vetting required under the Children’s Act 2014.

Van Driver positions = (1 x Driver, 1 x Driver Assistant)

If you enjoy working with children we are seeking two very special people to work alongside our highly motivated and skilled teachers at Orapa and Waitara Central Kindergartens in Waitara, to provide a transport service for the enrolled children.

We have two part-time Driver positions available working 15 hours per week, each position, Monday to Friday from 8-9.30 am and 2.15-3.45 pm each day.

The Driver and Driver Assistant are responsible for the collection and delivery of children from their homes to the Kindergarten/s and their return to home safely and efficiently.  One person would be driving the Kindergarten Van while the other would be assisting the children on and off the Van.

Both positions require a current full Driver Licence.

Support staff are employed on a part year, part time basis.

To download the Application form and Job Description click on the button below.

Confirmation of employment in this role will be subject to satisfactory safety checks and police vetting required under the Children’s Act 2014.

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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
  • 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.