Welcome to the Oamaru Kindergarten Association

What happens in kindergarten matters for a lifetime.

At Oamaru Kindergarten Association we are here for children – not for profit.

This means we believe every child should have access to quality education that is affordable. So, we put our money on the line, reinvesting in our kindergartens and our people, not shareholders or private owners. That’s important because it means our youngest learners have the support of an association who has been committed to the North Otago community for over 50 years. Oamaru Kindergarten Association nurtures talent, fulfils potential, feeds ambitions, offers excellent transition to local school and most importantly we know how to have FUN in a meaningful way for our tamariki.  


The Family Hub offers parents and children a quiet and relaxing space to have a tea or coffee and interact with other parents, change and feed your child, and provides activities for children to play with.

It is open to the public every weekday from 9AM to 5PM. We look forward to seeing you!

We are directly across the street from Subway at 209-211 Thames Street.

Quality learning focused care

The Oamaru Kindergarten Association has a long proud history of providing high quality childhood education. We have been committed to North Otago since 1950 – we are local run by locals and have a big emphasis on quality. Our teachers are fully qualified, passionate and highly trained to understand your child and how they learn, alongside environments that are welcoming, stimulating, challenging and FUN!

Our Kindergartens - 30 Hours Free

The Oamaru Kindergarten Association currently has five wonderful kindergartens within the North Otago area. Each of our kindergartens have large stimulating outdoor spaces, fully trained and registered teachers, and top-quality learning programmes.

At Oamaru Kindergartens we offer the Government’s 20 Hours Early Childhood Education option for children 3 years old and over and are committed to keeping our Kindergarten’s affordable for everyone. If you bring your 20 Hours to our Kindergarten’s you will not be charged for any extra hours, this means you could be entitled to up to 30 hours for FREE.

Transport and All Year options available!​