A magical place for young minds bristling with excitement, full of imagination and possibility.
Established in 1908, the Auckland Kindergarten Association (AKA) is a charitable trust made up of 107 kindergartens in Auckland, five Playgroups, and five KiNZ early learning daycare centres.
The AKA is New Zealand’s largest kindergarten association. Each year, we are proud to provide high quality early childhood education to over 10,000 young children who attend our kindergartens throughout Auckland.
At the AKA, we provide a safe and enriching learning environment where young children can develop as confident and competent learners.
Our kindergartens offer quality Early Childhood Education (ECE) to all Auckland children, with a strong focus on inclusiveness that values and recognises of the rich diversity of the children, parents and whānau that attend.
We believe that children learn and develop best when they are nurtured and extended by teachers who are responsive and who share an understanding of the world with the child. This is why we employ kindergarten teachers who are qualified and registered and whose teaching practice reflects current theories of ECE learning and development. Our high quality early learning programmes are based on Te Whāriki, New Zealand’s national early childhood curriculum.
We believe that children’s play is essential to meaningful learning experiences, and our staff work alongside the children to enhance the value of this learning. To scaffold concepts and techniques, and introduce new ideas, our teachers explore language, mathematics, science, literacy, technology and sustainability alongside the children.
We also value the natural environment as an essential facilitator for children’s learning and encourage outdoor exploration and physical play by ensuring that every AKA kindergarten has an appealing outdoor area.
AKA provides leadership in education to support an Auckland where every child has the opportunity to excel and realise their potential, and value their cultural distinctiveness in an inclusive community of learning.