What is the national structure for kindergartens?

There are 625 kindergartens throughout New Zealand and 35 Kindergarten Associations.

There are two bodies that represent kindergarten.

EC Leadership represents approximately 1/3 of kindergartens and 1/2 of the number of children attending kindergarten.

  • Auckland - 107 kindergartens, 5 early learning centres and 5 playgroups (Total of 6,000 children)
  • Counties Manukau Kindergarten Association - 26 kindergartens, 3 early learning centres (Total of 1,500 children)
  • Waikato Kindergarten Association - 29 kindergarten, 3 homebased centres (Total of 2300 children)
  • Central Kids Kindergartens - 56 kindergartens, 8 early learning centres (Total of 2,585 children)

NZ Kindergartens Incorporated (NZKI) represents the other Kindergarten Associations (www.nzkindergarten.org.nz)