THERE ARE LOTS OF WAYS YOU CAN BE A PART OF THIS FANTASTIC TIME IN YOUR CHILD'S LIFE...
Whānau Manaaki Kindergartens are supported by a committee of parents and whānau. The committee is responsible for fundraising, applying for grants, simple maintenance and generally supporting the teachers. New committee members are welcome at any time during the year, and it is a great way to get to know people and to learn more about the environment your child is growing up in, not to mention a chance to contribute to your community. Kindergartens thrive with the support of parents/whānau and the committee. Children also succeed in education when their parents get involved.
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Committees and teachers support each other and cooperate to ensure the smooth running of the kindergarten.
Local committee meetings are held once a month in kindergartens, usually outside the times teachers are working with children. It can be a great way of meeting other parents
When electing a Chairperson, Secretary and Treasurer to a committee, it is preferable that they have a child attending kindergarten for at least the majority of the year, as teachers need to be in regular contact with office holders and if their children aren’t attending kindergarten this can be difficult.
A Facilities Manual relating to property matters is kept in each kindergarten. This is presently under review. After committees are elected the following forms should be completed and sent to the Association.
The Government provides a grant in aid to kindergarten associations, which is designed cover teachers’ salaries, general maintenance of the buildings, the running of the Association office and general day-to-day running costs.
Fees, parent contributions, fundraising and community grants are necessary to replace equipment, develop our buildings and outdoor environments. Fundraising activities are held throughout the year and the committee and teachers work hard at ensuring these are relevant, interesting and of course fun! Whānau Manaaki holds workshops each year to help committees with fundraising ideas and suggestions.
Parents, whānau and friends are welcome to come to our kindergartens and join with us in our