Join the Kindergartens South team!

Kindergartens South is committed to employing qualified, registered Early Childhood Teachers for head teacher, teacher and relief teacher positions within our Association.

Our teachers/kaiako are employed under the provisions of the Kindergarten Teachers, Head Teachers and Senior Teachers Collective Agreement which offers six weeks annual leave, generous sick leave entitlements and professional learning time.

We encourage our teachers/kaiako to continue their learning journey by providing ongoing support and professional learning opportunities for our staff under the guidance of our Senior Teachers. We also have a comprehensive Advice and Guidance programme for beginning teachers.

We value and support our staff with the offer of an Employment Assistance Programme and we are proud to be an EEO employer.

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Current Vacancies

Nature Discovery Support/Teacher Aide - Myross Road

Do you like being in nature, does the idea of working outside in a natural environment appeal to you? Then this position could be just what you are looking for!

We are looking for a Teacher Aide who enjoys working with children to provide experiences in nature so that children grow an ecological identity and develop an understanding of kaitiakitanga.

As the Nature Discovery Support person you will be assisting the Taiao Tahura/Discovering Nature Teacher leading this programme with small groups of kindergarten children, teachers and parents. This position is based at our block of land, which includes native bush, on the outskirts of Invercargill.

This is a part time position working approx. 34 hours per fortnight during term time. The hours needed for this position are assessed termly.

The position will commence Monday 18 January 2021.

Applications close at 9.00am on Monday 07 December 2020.

Applications, which must include a completed application form to be considered, can be sent to the Lead Administrator, Kindergartens South, 190 Forth St, PO Box 1362, Invercargill 9840 or e-mailed to ska.positions@ska.co.nz.

Short or Long Term Reliever

We are now seeking passionate Early Childhood teachers to join our team of Casual Relievers on a short or long term basis.

If you have what it takes to deliver positive learning experiences and help kindergarten children gain confidence and competencies that will enable them to transition to school, and are wanting to work on a flexible basis, then we would like to hear from you!

To apply you will need to hold the following:

  • ECE Qualification
  • Current Practising Certificate
  • Provisional Registration (or evidence this has been applied for)
  • Current First Aid Certificate

Register your interest by completing the application form (PDF download below) and sending it to our Lead Administrator, or contact us to find out more.

Employee Profiles

Rebecca Hansen

Head Teacher Newfield Kindergarten

Talofa lava!! My name is Rebecca Hansen and I am of Samoan descent.

Both my children went to kindergarten and I remember making croissant and danishes at the playdough table with the tamaiti. At the time I was a Bakery Manager. I loved the discussions, the generous and kind hospitality and the family connection that the kindergarten made me feel. Therefore, I went to Otago University in Nelson Street Invercargill and gained my Bachelor of Teaching in Early Childhood Education.

I graduated in 2013 and I worked for 3 years in Early Childhood Service before I came to work for Kindergartens South.

In 2016, I won the ASG National Excellence in Teaching Award in the Early Childhood category. I was truly overwhelmed as I love my job where I can be one of the first people to engage, excite and explore with young tamaiti.

Music is one of my passions and I am often heard singing with many other tamaiti and a band of ukulele players. I also love to share all the Pacifica cultures with our fanau through, song, stories, craft and food.

I have grown in my own confidence and have felt empowered within the Kindergarten South community – an organisation that cares for the wellbeing of staff and their whanau.

Hayley MacMillan

Teacher Oxford Kindergarten

After graduating from The University of Otago, I moved to Wanaka where I worked and lived for 3 years, completing my teacher registration. It was in Wanaka that I met my partner who was born and bred in Gore, and here I am. In February 2018, I started working at Oxford Kindergarten as a relieving kaiako and since then have become a permanent part of the team.

I come with a real passion for teaching and learning. Every child is on such a unique journey, and through meaningful, responsive and reciprocal relationships with children and whanau; I ensure that all tamariki are competent and confident within themselves and are proud of their learning.

At Oxford Kindergarten, the tamariki love to be outside exploring the natural environment. The tamariki are extremely proud of their garden and I love supporting the tamariki to plant, grow, harvest and prepare vegetables for themselves and their whanau. We have created many wonderful recipes and the children love to try the food grown at kindergarten with agarden to plate approach.

Kotahi te kakano, he nu inga hua o te rakau. A tree comes from one seed but bears many fruit. -Te Whariki 2017.