About Us

About the Oamaru Kindergarten Association

The Oamaru Kindergarten Association is the umbrella organisation for the four kindergartens in the Oamaru area. We are a non-profit community based organisation governed by an elected Board.

We belong to a national organisation New Zealand Kindergartens (www.nzkindergarten.org.nz) with whom we network and share national expertise.

Our Purpose

EXCELLENCE in early childhood learning for every child and their family.

Guiding Principles

  • Success for every learner
  • Celebrate diversity by being inclusive
  • Nurture leadership
  • Embrace bi-culturalism
  • Ensure sustainability
The Structure


Oamaru Kindergarten Association is governed by a Board who collectively work together with the 4 kindergartens and their communities to deliver an educational service that they are proud of. The Board oversees the strategic direction and purpose of the association with teaching and learning as the core business, with the ultimate outcome for children.

The Oamaru Kindergarten Association has a constitution which defines how it operates and is the employing body of all the staff. The Board is made up of between five (5) and eight (8) elected members, (from Kindergarten Parent Committees or just interested people), a teacher representative and the General Manager (ex-officio). The Board meets once a month and minutes from these meetings are displayed at each kindergarten.

The Association employs a General Manager who is delegated responsibility for the day to day management of the Association. A Education Services Manager is contracted from another Association and the their role is to support the resourcing and professional learning of the teaching staff.

Each kindergarten has a head teacher and teachers (this can vary from 3-4 depending on group size and the license the kindergarten operates under) whose responsibility is to ensure that they deliver teaching and learning that reflect the principles and strands of the curriculum document – Te Whāriki.

Each kindergarten has a parent committee whose role has changed immensely since the first kindergarten opened. The old kindergarten committees of the past would struggle with the many and varied demands of today, so we have centralised key operations to allow our teachers to do what they do best – to teach.

The parent committee’s are a vital part of the support network for the teaching teams. The committees make kindergartens possible by:


  • Undertaking fundraising when necessary to provide funding for special projects or purchases at their kindergarten.
  • Encouraging the partnership with parents that are needed for a successful kindergarten – through arranging social events, communication with parents etc.
Julie Craig
General Manager

Oamaru Kindergarten Association

Board of Trustees

Rosalie Hyslop
Jill Henderson
Vice President
Stacey Hayes
Board Member – Finance
Jo Wilson
Board Member
Sarah Cromwell
Board Member
Mel Read
Teaching and learning