Head Teacher - Naenae Kindergarten

Who are we?

Hutt City Kindergartens have been growing young learners for over 90 years in Lower Hutt, providing quality and affordable early childhood education. Our teaching teams are passionate about providing rich learning environments where children can explore, develop and have fun. We welcome people who can share in that passion.

We are a not-for-profit dedicated to making quality early childhood education accessible to all. We have 19 soon to be 20 kindergartens throughout the Hutt Valley, including Stokes Valley, Central Hutt, Western Hill and Wainuiomata. We are proud to be an integral part of our local community and celebrate our cultural diversity and identity.

About our Naenae Kindergarten

At Naenae Kindergarten children learn through a wide range of play based experiences. Teachers provide learning experiences which are intentional and relevant to their interests.  We value the importance of celebrating the diverse cultures in our community through food, music, dancing and stories – all coming together at “OUR PLACE"

​The position

We are looking for an experienced Early Childhood educational leader to lead the team, tamariki and whānau at Naenae Kindergarten.

The ideal candidate will be an inspirational, creative leader and passionate head teacher, who is able to demonstrate the following:

Professional Leadership

  • Leadership experience in curriculum design and delivery.
  • Strategic thinker with a strong focus on improving the quality of education for children using self – review processes.
  • The ability to develop learning partnerships with whānau and able to improve learning outcomes for Māori and Pacific children.
  • An ability to improve team effectiveness through active coaching and mentoring strategies that grows teachers’ capability and capacity.
  • Effective communication/listening skills and well developed literacy skills.
  • A critical and reflective practitioner that makes ethical and well placed decisions to develop practices of inclusion.
  • Lead and develop the leadership of quality improvement processes and initiatives.
  • An ability to incorporate the principles of Te Tiriti o Waitangi and extend own and others’ knowledge of Te Reo Māori and tikanga Māori.


Operations and Relationship Management

  • Have a working knowledge of relevant compliance related to legislation through monitoring and reporting requirements for an ECE environment
  • Current professional knowledge and experience to lead curriculum design in line with Te Whāriki and Tātaiako
  • The proven ability to build partnerships with whānau/families that promote positive learning outcomes for all children
  • A critical thinker that generates ethical, well placed decisions that positions the child powerfully within their cultural context
  • Effective coaching and mentoring skills


A Position Description for our Head Teacher role can be found at the following below.

Applying for this role

We will only consider candidates with proven leadership experience and all candidates must hold a:

  • Minimum of Dip. Tch (ECE)
  • Full certification
  • Current First Aid certificate

We offer competitive pay rates, 6 weeks’ annual leave and paid professional time.

Applications close 5pm on Sunday 5 April - however applications may be reviewed before this date.