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Educational Excellence

(Previously known as the NZ Federation of Free Kindergartens)

The membership of the group comprises community-based centres operating under a Kindergarten Association, their related all day centres or stand alone groups.


Auckland Kindergarten Association
Central North Island Kindergarten Association
Franklin Kindergarten Association
Waikato Kindergarten Association

Associate Member

Dannevirke Kindergarten Association

Member associations operate a total of 212 kindergartens providing for around 17,000 children aged from 2 years to school age.  Members are also contracted to manage full day childcare centres (currently 10 centres).


  • To represent members in the provision of high quality early childhood education
  • To enhance the leadership capability within the membership
  • To acknowledge and respect the dual heritage of Aotearoa/NZ
  • To unite on common goals


  • To represent members on relevant regional and national matters
  • To represent members during employment agreement negotiations
  • To advocate high quality ECE for NZ children
  • To work collaboratively with other ECE organisations on relevant matters
  • To support and encourage diversity in the ECE sector


Kindergarten Association or other early childhood organisation

For further information

Tanya Harvey
Executive Secretary
C/- Auckland Kindergarten Association
PO Box 6933
Wellesley Street
Phone: 09 373 5635
Fax: 09 307 1248