Welcome to the Oamaru Kindergarten Association, where we grow young learners.

We are a not for profit kindergarten association with a group of 5 kindergartens committed to providing quality education and a caring approach.

When you choose Oamaru Kindergartens, you have the reassurance of knowing your kindergarten is committed to the highest quality standards. Our approach is to ensure that your child receives the education and care that is right for them, at a pace that works best for them so they can make the most of every growth and learning opportunity.

Grounded in the kindergarten tradition, each Oamaru Kindergarten is unique, reflecting families and communities. We remain firmly committed to the things that make the kindergarten philosophy so effective: qualified staff, strong educational leadership, a focus on preparation for school, allowing children to learn at their own pace, and encouraging family participation.

We look forward to your family becoming a part of our kindergarten family.


What’s Important?

It’s so important to give your child a great start, at kindergarten. We want to see young people happy, learning, interacting with each other and working together. We believe in the following key points:


  • High quality early childhood education
  • 100% fully qualified and registered teachers
  • Accessible and affordable for all families – Ask us about 30 hours free.
  • Holiday programme during the term breaks
  • Meals provided at two of the four kindergartens
  • Commitment to bi-cultural practises
  • Connection the nationwide kindergarten movement – nzkindergarten.org.nz
Current Vacancies

Teacher Position: Salary Scale K1 – Casa Nova

Kindergarten – quality education and a caring approach that ensures children are challenged and are nurtured, and that parents, whānau and caregivers can join in these vital early education experience.

Casa Nova is situated in the North End of Oamaru and neighbours Pembroke School. We offer 3 longer day sessions and 2 shorter days with flexibility that suits so many families.


Edna McCulloch is situated on the South Hill overlooking the harbour. We are an all day kindy with six hour sessions (Mon-Fri) for the children to help prepare them for primary school.


Glen Warren is situated next to North School. We build strong relationships with our whanau so together we can encourage the skills our tamariki will need to be successful learners.


Holmes Kindergarten offers a school day session which provides children with the opportunities for quality sustained learning and development from uninterrupted play over long periods.


Maheno Kindergarten opened its doors on the 16th May 2016 at Gifford Street across from Maheno School. We are a rural kindergarten providing exciting learning opportunities


During the two week school holiday blocks the Oamaru Kindergarten Association runs a Holiday Programme for kids. Places are limited so book early to secure your place.

Essential information


What do you need to know?

When choosing the right care or kindergarten for their child every parent likes to make an informed decision.

We have collected and answered the most popular questions we hear on out Essential Information page.


Our Programme

“To grow up as competent and confident learners and communicators, healthy in mind, body, and spirit, secure in their sense of belonging and in the knowledge that they make a valued contribution to society.”

– Aspirations for children, from Te Whāriki National Early Childhood Education Curriculum.

Starting Kindy

Young children react in different ways to starting kindergarten. Even the most confident child may take a while to become accustomed to the new environment. Let us provide some ideas that may help the settling in process go smoothly.

Fees & Funding

The Government’s 20 Hours Early Childhood Education is available at all our kindergartens. If you bring your 20 Hours to Kindergarten you will not be charged for any extra hours this means you could be entitled to up to 30 hours for FREE.


If you are after more information on the kindergartens the Oamaru Kindergarten Association provides then feel free to head to our Downloads page where you can read their Welcome Packs, Philosophies, ERO Reports, and Latest Newsletters.

Contact OKA

If you have any questions or anything else you would like to contact Oamaru Kindergartens about, please email or call us. You can talk directly to your local kindergarten or with the Association Office.


Oamaru Kindergarten Association

138 Thames Street

Oamaru 9444

Phone: (03) 434 2422 or 0274 294707

E-mail: gm@oamarukindergarten.co.nz

Head to the Contact page for more information