Nettie Riley Kindergarten - Senior Head Teacher

  • Manage and lead our teaching team at Nettie Riley Kindergarten - our all year and all day service
  • You will be supported by the Assistant Head Teacher
  • Generous management time

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 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 kindergarten

Nettie Riley is located on Witako Street in central Lower Hutt offers an all day, all year service for 2-5 year olds. This is a great option for families who want the Kindergarten teaching philosophy and require a longer day service.

The Kindergarten is on the ground level of the newly built Hutt Valley Heath Hub with a spacious outdoor area that wraps around the building. This provides a variety of spaces for tamariki to explore, learn and play. Including a sandpit, gardens, climbing equipment, swings and more.

Inside the Kindergarten tamariki will discover a range of activities and natural resources in a modern setting. This spacious area also features a dedicated sleep room for tamariki who need to nap during the day.

We are dedicated to providing the best education for tamariki with a 100% qualified and experienced teaching team.

As an all year service, this Kindergarten does not close for term break and is open 237 days a year, with a two week closure period over the Christmas/ New Year and on public holidays.

​The position

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

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

Professional Leadership

  • Leadership experience in curriculum design and delivery.
  • An ability to incorporate the principles of Te Tiriti o Waitangi and extend own and others’ knowledge of Te Reo Māori and tikanga Māori.
  • 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.

Operations and Relationship Management

  • Have a working knowledge of relevant compliance related to legislation through monitoring and reporting requirements for an ECE environment
  • Effective coaching and mentoring skills
  • 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.

A Position Description for our Senior Head Teacher role can be found below.

Applying for this role

All candidates must hold a:

  • Minimum of Dip. Tch (ECE or Primary)
  • Teaching certification from NZ Teaching Council
  • Current First Aid certificate
  • COVID 19 Vaccination Certificate*.

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

Applications close 5pm on Thursday 9 December - however applications may be reviewed before this date.

*This role is covered by the COVID-19 Public Health Response (Vaccinations) Order 2021, so applicants must either be vaccinated or have a medical exemption.