Kindergartens employ qualified and registered teachers. They have a variety of sessional structures, most have morning and afternoon sessions, but others provide extended sessions or all day education and care. Most kindergartens cater for children aged between two-and-a-half and five years.

Kindergartens are chartered and licensed. The regional kindergarten association employs the teachers, manages funding, property and the allocation of resources. Local (parent/whānau) committees support teachers in each kindergarten, and raise local funds and resources to support the kindergarten. Parents are also asked for financial donations.

Although the paid teachers have responsibility for the programme, parents/whānau are encouraged to participate in programmes, talk with staff, ask questions and offer information about their child. You could also be involved in the local kindergarten committee or regional association, if you wish.