THERE ARE LOTS OF WAYS YOU CAN GET INVOLVED IN YOUR LOCAL KINDERGARTEN...
From providing support for excursions, to fundraising and planning social events, there are so many ways you can take part in day-to-day kindergarten life.
Participate: We always encourage and enjoy parent participation, this could involve joining your kindergarten whānau group, participating in excursions and fundraisers or just spending time in your kindergarten.
Lead: If you have governance experience - or are interested in gaining some - and you want to have a say in the future of the Whānau Manaaki network, you might want to explore standing for our governing board. Elections are usually held in the lead up to our Annual General Meeting in September (can we link to a board page?)
Have a say: Our Annual General Meeting is a great way to find out more about what is happening around our network, what our strategic priorities are for the year ahead and how we have done against our goals for the year before. Each eligible Whānau Manaaki Member can cast two votes in that year’s board elections. There can be two members for each child, and these members are the person named on the enrolment form as primary contacts.
Would you like to be in one of our Whānau Groups?
Many Whānau Manaaki kindergartens are supported by a committee made up of parents and caregivers. These committees will often undertake fundraising, apply for grants, do simple maintenance and organise social events.
New committee members are welcome at any time during the year, and it’s a great way to play a greater role in your children’s education, get to know other parents and whānau better, and give back to your local community
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 of session times.
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.
For more information on committees, please talk to your kindergarten teachers
A Facilities Manual relating to property matters is kept in each kindergarten. This is presently under review.
The Government provides a grant in aid to kindergarten associations, which is designed to 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.