A career in kindergarten

Early childhood education is an important first step in building the foundation for a child’s ongoing learning and development.

At Oamaru Kindergarten Association we pride ourselves on our commitment to excellence in teaching and learning.

All of our teachers receive ongoing professional development and support from an Education Services Manager.

As an early childhood teacher you will be at the cutting edge of education, and play a critical role in helping young children along a pathway of lifelong learning.

To apply for a teaching position with Oamaru Kindergarten Association, applicants must hold:

  • Diploma or Bachelor Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Current Practising Certificate
  • Current First Aid Certificate

All teachers working with children in Oamaru Kindergartens are qualified. This means that you will be part of a team where all members have professional knowledge and understanding of children’s learning and development.


All teachers working for us must either hold a certificate of full registration or be working towards it.

You will be supported as you work through the registration period, with a professional and individualised advice and guidance programme.


All teaching vacancies are advertised below or online in the Education Gazette –


Please note when you are applying for a position with us, that all required documentation must be submitted by the closing time and date specified – late applications will not be considered. All employment offers are subject to a satisfactory police check.

Current Positions

The Oamaru Kindergarten Association (OKA) operates five (5) kindergartens across the North Otago region and invites applications for the following permanent, full time position, in Maheno which is a rural community south of Oamaru. It is anticipated the successful applicant will commence teaching at the start of Term 4 2017.


Head Teacher Position: Salary Scale K2
Vacancy 03/16 Maheno Kindergarten, Oamaru


Maheno Kindergarten operates 6-hour sessions, 5 days per week for 20 children, with a 1:10 teacher to child ratio. The successful applicants will be part of a team of 2 full-time teachers and 1 part-time teacher aide.

Applications close 5.00 p.m. Monday, 03rd July 2017. All applicants must hold a current first aid certificate, a recognised early childhood teaching qualification and be a New Zealand registered teacher.

The Association offers leadership opportunities, great working conditions, high quality professional support to all teaching teams, and ongoing professional development.


For more information:

Maheno Teacher Position

Maheno Teacher Application Pack

Maheno Position Description

Maheno Appointments Procedure

Referee Form

Relieving Positions

Oamaru Kindergartens invite any person with a recognised Early Childhood Qualification to register as a Casual Relief Teacher for the Association. An application pack is available for download below or alternatively please contact the Association Office.

Relievers Application Pack