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Whānau Manaaki Kindergartens

Working for whānau, not for profit.

Whakakitenga | Our Vision: to be a respected leader in early childhood education and a strong advocate for tamariki and whānau

Whānau Manaaki kindergartens bring learning, connection and fun to whānau across Aotearoa.

Whānau Manaaki is a non-profit association providing free early childhood education and community services for whānau across Aotearoa. We offer high-quality teaching and learning with our 100% qualified and registered kindergarten teachers and our skilled and trained educators.

Whānau Manaaki provides administrative, management and property management support to over 100 kindergartens across Aotearoa, supporting educational leadership and professional development to over 800 teaching staff and educators.

A focus on innovation and excellence supports our teachers and educators to provide for the needs of children and their families.

Around 5000 tamariki are enrolled in our kindergartens, and over 80 children are enrolled with our Pasifika-focused Etu Ao home-based services.

Whānau Manaaki children get a great start to their formal education in a caring community environment. Each kindergarten offers its own individual programme, created around community interests along with Te Whāriki - New Zealand's early childhood curriculum.

Enrolments Are Now Open!

A handful of kindergartens across the country have spaces available for you and your children. Your local Whānau Manaaki kindergarten provides 20 hours free for all children from 2-5 years old, low fees after 20 hours, and 100% qualified teachers. Looking for childcare that guarantees learning, friendship, and fun? Find a kindergarten near you and begin the enrolment process today.

Spaces Available at Greytown Kindergarten

Greytown Kindergarten helps children to develop a lifelong love of learning and develop their full potential through play.

Pop into 16 McMaster Street, Greytown to visit the kindergarten team or contact them on 06 304 9381 or email: greytown@wmkindergartens.org.nz

20 Hours FREE for all tamariki aged 2-5 years old and 100% qualified ECE teachers

Whānau Manaaki News

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Kindergartens Aotearoa Budget Press Release

Although kindergartens welcome any increase to funding, the latest Government budget has increased the funding to early childhood services by only half the rate of inflation, meaning an effective funding cut to services.
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Garden to Table at Island Bay Kindergarten

Island Bay Kindergarten is working with Garden to Table - a charitable trust that helps empower tamariki to whanake (grow), hauhake (harvest), whakarite (prepare), and whāngai (share) fresh, seasonal, and affordable kai.