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About Us

Overview

The Counties Manukau Kindergarten Association is registered with the Companies Office as an Incorporated Society, and is the legal entity for 26 member kindergartens.


Association kindergartens are licensed early childhood education services and are required to meet the Education (Early Childhood Centres) Regulations 2008. All kindergartens operate on either a sessional or full day license for children from 2 years of age for the hours of operation stated on the individual kindergarten licence.

The Association’s management structure includes a professional support scheme designed to monitor the quality of teaching and learning in all kindergartens. The Association and its kindergartens are independently reviewed by the Education Review Office every three years and the resulting reports are available for public information.

The Association is governed by a Board of Management elected under the rules of the Association’s Constitution. The Board consists of a Chairperson, 6 members voted on by elected representatives of member kindergartens and one teacher representative elected by the teaching staff of the Association. The General Manager has membership of the Board in an ex-officio capacity.

The Board is accountable for, and has control of, the management of the Association. The Board’s role is not a ‘hands on’ management activity. The Board employs staff to fulfil the day to day management of professional tasks within the Association and to advance the educational interest of its children.

Board meetings are held monthly at the Association office with no fewer than ten meetings per year.

Mission Statement

Our Mission Statement -  Teachers, parents, whanau and community together providing the best learning opportunities for young children.

Strategic Plan

Strategic Plan 2013 – 2017

Values

Community

H Honesty

I Innovation

L Learning & Teaching

D Diversity

R Responsive relationships

E Excellence

N Nurturing

CHILDREN -THE HEART OF ALL WE DO

Ko ngā tamariki te iho o ā mātau mahi katoa 
Our Vision Statement - To be the best not for profit early childhood provider, in partnership with parents, whanau and community - recognising children as the heart of all we do.

Funding

The Association receives government bulk funding from the Ministry of Education for children enrolled in kindergarten sessions during each kindergarten’s licensed hours of operation. There are strict legal requirements for record keeping of each child’s enrolment and attendance records. 

The rate of government bulk funding is determined by the number of trained, registered teachers, the hours the kindergarten operates, and whether the kindergarten is eligible for government equity funding. The bulk funding is a government subsidy and does not meet all the operating costs of the kindergarten. 

The Association requires families to pay a fee for the hours their child is enrolled in the kindergarten. The Association, as a non-profit organisation, sets the kindergarten fees at a rate to meet the operating costs of the kindergarten.

Support Group

The Role of the Kindergarten Support Group

The Kindergarten Support Group operates under an Association By-Law and membership is open to parents/whanau of children attending or on the waiting list of the kindergarten and people within the kindergarten community who express an interest in supporting the kindergarten. 

The activities of the Kindergarten Support Group work in partnership with the Head Teacher and teaching team to assist with:

  • Promoting the kindergarten to families and the wider community
  • Supporting and promoting the kindergarten’s family/community events
  • Promoting the opportunities for families to participate in the kindergarten
Each Kindergarten Support Group elects a Representative to be a member of the Association and this person officially represents the kindergarten at the Association’s Annual General and Special meetings.

Role of the Kindergarten Support Group Representative

The Kindergarten Support Group Representative plays a key role in promoting the opportunities for parents and whanau to work in partnership with the Head Teacher and the teaching team to support the kindergarten. 
The Kindergarten Support Group Representative is elected by the Kindergarten Support Group to:

  • be a member of the Counties Manukau Kindergarten Association with speaking and voting rights at the Counties Manukau Kindergarten Association Annual General and Special meetings.
  • nominate or second nominations for members of the Counties Manukau Kindergarten Association Board of Management
  • sign resolutions to apply for community grants on behalf of the Kindergarten Support Group.

Role of the Association Board of Management

The Board is elected by the membership and is responsible for:
  • The overall governance of the Association that includes certain legal obligations for property, personnel and finance. The Board develops strategic goals to guide the future direction of the Association, and policy statements to guide the day to day management of the Association.
  • Supporting the General Manager in her/his management role, by providing the delegated authorities in administration, personnel and finance matters to allow the General Manager to manage effectively.
  • Reporting annually to the kindergarten membership of the Association.
Adhering to a Code of Conduct where members of the Board shall:

  • Ensure that the needs of the children, their learning and welfare are paramount.
  • Ensure all children are provided with an educational programme that respects their dignity, rights and individuality, and which enables them to reach their full potential.
  • Serve the Association and kindergartens to the best of their ability and be honest, reliable and trustworthy in all matters relevant to their roles and responsibilities.
  • Take responsibility for their familiarisation with the Association Charter, Constitution, Policies and their application.
  • Respect the integrity of staff, parents/whanau/caregivers and the children.
  • Act as good employers.
  • Be loyal to the Association and kindergartens recognising that Board members represent the Association as a whole rather than individual kindergartens.
  • Not act independently of Association decisions.
  • Maintain the confidentiality and trust vested in them.
  • Exercise their powers of governance in a way that fulfils the intent of Te Tiriti O Waitangi by valuing New Zealand’s dual cultural heritage.

Role of the Board Chairperson

Each year the Board elects a Chairperson to:

  • provide leadership to the Board and appropriate support to the General Manager.
  • ensure that Board meetings are run smoothly and that Board members adhere to a Code of Conduct

Role of the Board Teacher Representative

The Board Teacher Representative, elected by a simple majority of currently employed teaching staff, is a full member of the Board, with speaking and voting rights. The Teacher Representative presents a teaching staff perspective on issues discussed at Board Meetings and may present issues on behalf of teaching staff.

Role of the Association General Manager

The General Manager has the overall responsibility for the day to day management of the Association, within the goals, policies and delegations established and approved by the Board. In carrying out her or his duties, the General Manager ensures that the management of the Association is in accord with the appropriate legal requirements. The General Manager has key accountability for:

  • Professional leadership
  • visionary & strategic leadership
  • people leadership
  • relationship management
  • financial & asset management
  • application of technology and knowledge
  • compliance with statutory & reporting requirements

Role of the Professional Practice Managers

Professional Practice Managers provide professional and educational leadership to kindergartens and work as part of the management team in support of the Association’s vision and values. 

Professional Practice Managers are required to:

  • provide appropriate support, information and guidance to kindergartens.
  • provide advice/reports to the General Manager as required.
  • implement the Association’s strategic, charter and policy objectives.
  • maintain up to date knowledge of current approaches to effective teaching and learning.
  • comply with all relevant statutes and regulations.
  • monitor compliance of Association kindergartens.
  • motivate and support teaching staff to improve quality of education.
  • effectively manage delegated areas of responsibility for personnel, finance and assets.

Role of the Association Administration Team

The Association Administration Team, led by the Finance and Administration Manager, supports the day to day operations of the Association and member kindergartens. Administration team members have key areas of responsibility for:

  • payroll and personnel administration
  • financial management
  • general secretarial and administrative support
  • ongoing operational support and advice to kindergartens

Role of the Kindergarten Head Teachers

The Head Teacher is the day to day manager of the kindergarten within the delegations established by the General Manager. The Head Teacher has overall responsibility for leadership of the teaching team, and is required to:

  • provide professional leadership in an environment that empowers children, staff, families and whanau.
  • ensure high quality early childhood care and education is provided for every child in the kindergarten.
  • work in support of the Association’s vision, values and strategic direction.
  • ensure compliance with DOP’s, the Education (Early Childhood Centres) Regulations, relevant legislation, Association policies and procedures.
  • access appropriate advice and support through the Association administration and professional support team.
  • effectively manage staff in line with Association and legislative requirements.
  • effectively manage delegated areas of responsibility for personnel, finance and assets.

Role of the Kindergarten Teacher

The Teacher is responsible for supporting the Head Teacher, and is required to:

  • effectively contribute to the teaching team in an environment that empowers children, staff, families and whanau.
  • ensure high quality early childhood care and education is provided for every child in the kindergarten.
  • work in support of the Association’s vision, values and strategic direction.
  • support the Head Teacher in her/his management responsibilities.
  • ensure compliance with DOP’s, the Education (Early Childhood Centres) Regulations, relevant legislation, Association policies and procedures.
  • access appropriate advice and support through the Head Teacher and Association administration and professional support team.
  • effectively complete delegated tasks according to the specified requirements.

Role of the Kindergarten Support Staff

Kindergartens employ support staff to carry out various tasks that support the work of the teaching team and the individual needs of the kindergarten. Kindergartens may employ people to work in either or both of the following positions: 

Administration Assistants – these people ensure that the financial administration and general administration needs of the kindergarten teaching team are met.

Teacher Aides – these people provide support to the teaching team, the kindergarten programme and the learning outcomes for children.

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Term Dates

2017

Term 1

Tuesday 24 January to Thursday 13 April (Friday 14 is Good Friday)

Term 2

Monday 1 May to Friday 7 July

Term 3

Monday 24 July to Friday 29 September

Term 4

Monday 16 October to Thursday 21 Dec

 

 

 

 

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Fees

 

 

CMKA offers limited spaces for 2 year olds up to 20 hours free in some Kindergartens.  

Conditions Apply!

All our kindergartens offer 20 hours ECE for all children aged 3 -5 years - Conditions Apply!

If you do not use your 20 Hours ECE allocation at our kindergartens, or your child attends for more than 20 hours each week,  the following fees apply:

Full day Kindergarten -  $4.70 per hour

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