Barnardos Early Learning Centre Kaikoura Canterbury

Centre manager

Early learning / kōhanga reo, Centre manager

Belonging / Mana Whenua, Contribution / Mana Tangata, Communication / Mana Reo, Exploration / Mana Aotūroa, Well-being / Mana Atua

Listed 10:50 AM 16 February 2021
Closes 12 March 2021
Vacancy reference #: 1HAH03

An exciting leadership opportunity is now available in Kaikoura as a centre manager. Your outstanding leadership qualities and ECE operational management skills will take our dynamic and passionate teaching team to the next level while continuing to grow an incredible environment for our tamariki.

The purpose-built centre is located close to town in a unique setting that reflects the natural environment. The open plan design is light and airy with a spacious outdoor area. We love getting together to share kai and the enthusiastic teaching team have a great environment to teach in.

Our next leader will be required to:

  • Provide leadership to create and maintain a fantastic learning environment embracing the wonder of every child
  • Provide inspirational opportunities for tamariki, staff and whānau to be kaitiaki of their centre
  • Connect and share the centre with whānau and the wider community
  • Manage all centre operations, including compliance
  • Lead a highly skilled team, including recruiting/induction of new staff
  • Create opportunities to maximise financial and occupancy targets.

 Skills and experience:

  • Strong background in centre management/leadership
  • Thorough knowledge of the Early Childhood Education Regulations
  • ECE qualified (Bachelor or Diploma of Teaching)
  • Fully certificated teacher
  • Skill in building strong relationships with whānau and attracting new families
  • Strong experience in motivating teaching teams to excel
  • Clear approach and expectations in planning for children within the framework of Te Whāriki.


  • Competitive salary
  • Ongoing professional development and support
  • Strong network of centre managers across the South Island
  • Generous management time out of ratio
  • Discounted childcare for your own tamariki
  • Wellness programme, purchasing discounts, access to EAP and other services. 

Some relocation assistance may be negotiable with a successful applicant.    


To view the position description visit our website 

Please apply only if you are eligible to live and work in New Zealand.

How to apply

Please apply via our website

Rebecca Chatwin
(03) 352 1035

Vacancy link:

Vacancy reference #:1HAH03

Listed 10:50 AM 16 February 2021
Closes 12 March 2021

Barnardos Early Learning Centre Kaikoura NZ

ECE centre details

Barnardos Early Learning Centre Kaikoura

Type: Education and Care Service
Maximum licenced places: 47

Service ID: 65034
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Physical address:
50a Ludstone Road, Kaikoura

Postal Address:
P O Box 6434, Marion Square, Wellington 6141