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


Waitara Central Kindergarten

Head Teacher

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

  • We are looking for a leader who serves others; has strengths in mentoring and collectively working alongside tamariki, colleagues, whānau and community to foster pathways for future generations.
  • Are you knowledgeable about Te Ao Māori and committed to ensuring that te reo Māori not only survives but thrives?
  • Are you courageous, strong and resilient to change, can overcome challenges and able to lead others by remaining positive and future focused?
  • Are you able to inspire, motivate and support teachers to continually improve teaching and learning?
  • Are you able to lead and support others in working towards a shared strategic vision of the Kindergarten Association?
  • Are you a leader who is culturally responsive in ensuring tamariki and whānau are provided with equitable opportunities to learn?

Kindergarten profile

  • Waitara Central Kindergarten is a small community 15 minutes north of New Plymouth.
  • Waitara Central Kindergarten has a strong standing in the community and prides itself on its strong reciprocal relationships.

What we offer you

  • As part of Kindergarten Taranaki, you have the opportunity to enjoy the benefits of the KTCA and ongoing professional development opportunities
  • You will be part of a professional network of 24 Head Teachers
  • Ongoing support with assessment / internal evaluation / teaching as inquiry / educative mentoring and pedagogical leadership and management
  • We encourage all Kindergartens to be involved in Enviroschools, Incredible Years, Healthy Heart and to be part of a deepening cultural journey to strengthen Te Ao Māori across the organisation

All applicants must hold a NZ recognised ECE qualification and current registration. For further information about our Kindergartens and to download an application pack go to our website or phone 027 639 9830. Applications close Monday, 16 May 2022 at 4 pm.

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 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.

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

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 Koru Kindergarten, Stratford.  The successful applicant will be responsible for maintaining effective administration systems and a well-managed and welcoming environment for tamariki (children) and their whānau (family).  This is a part-time, 18 hours per week, part-year position when the Kindergartens are open for instruction.

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, 20 March 2022.

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 uploading the completed Kindergarten Taranaki application form, as well as your curriculum vitae and covering letter (please scan and upload to

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

FYI:  The Government has announced nationwide mandatory vaccination for the education work force as a means of protecting the children attending our service, protecting one another, and protecting our broader community.

Under the COVID-19 Public Health Response (Vaccinations) Order 2021 (“the Order”) after 15 November 2021 only people who have been vaccinated against COVID-19, or people holding a valid vaccination exemption, may work at our Kindergartens, or to be around children in our Kindergartens during Kindergarten opening hours.

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.