Inspired Kindergartens and Home Based Education – Ngā Kōhungahunga Manawanui - offers quality early childhood education to over 1300 children through its network of 25 kindergartens and home based education services.
We have kindergartens between Whangamata in the north and Murupara in the south-east while our home based services operate between Whitianga and Pongakawa.
Formerly known as Tauranga Region Kindergartens, we are one of New Zealand's largest and longest serving early childhood education providers. In 1960 we established Tauranga’s earliest community kindergartens, and we're still serving parents and whānau today.
We are a not for profit community based organisation governed by an elected Board. We are developing the bi-cultural relationship established by Aotearoa/New Zealand's founding document Te Tiriti o Waitangi.
Our staff of more than 200 includes a 100% qualified and registered early childhood teacher workforce. It's one of the many things that makes us unique.
We believe early learning is a partnership with parents and whānau. Together we want to engage young children in authentic learning experiences with the space, freedom and care that builds self-confidence, independence and individuality.