Planned educational programs for 3-5-year-old children in the years before they start school.

Kindergartens in New Zealand


In New Zealand we have 690 Kindergartens


The average cost is $0.82 hourly, $8.23 daily (10 hours)


The average Education Review Office Rating (ERO) is Very well placed/He tino pai te tūnga.

Child Care Articles & Tips

An overview of kindergartens

An overview of kindergarten including what it is, who it is for, how it is different to child care, operating hours, how much it costs and how to find a service.

Preparing your child for school

Preparing your child for the transition to 'big' school including what to expect, what you can do to help and ideas for improving your child's school readiness.

The far-reaching benefits of kindergarten

NZ Kindergartens CEO Jill Bond describes the many advantages for children and families of kindy settings.

The transition from early education and care setting to kindergarten and school

Transitioning to pre-school or school from a beloved child care centre is a big milestone for children. Planning and preparation can help ensure a positive experience.

Top tips to help your pre-schooler thrive at 'big' school

Tips and tricks for ensuring your pre-schooler thrives at ‘big’ school, including school readiness, what to expect and how you can support your child.