Head of Pre-School

Thorndon · Wellington

We are looking for an energetic and experienced teacher to be the face of Wellingtons leading independent co-ed Preschool at Queen Margaret College. The successful candidate will embody the values of the College, must have an early childhood degree or diploma, would enjoy managing a team, and have a desire to be part of a progressive educational environment.



  • The education and care of children between 3-5 years of age in cooperation with six other preschool teachers.
  • The day-to-day running and management of the pre-school.
  • Ensuring compliance with Ministry of Education, Education Review Office, and other licensing authorities’ requirements.

Major Responsibilities:

  • To manage a cooperative team who actively, willingly and positively plan, implement and assess the pre-school curriculum, Te Whariki and the IB PYP.
  • To communicate and work cooperatively with all staff and parents.
  • To regularly update all management and self-review documentation including handbooks, operations manuals, rosters, programmes, policies and processes.

Representative Responsibilities:

  • To establish an orientation programme for new pupils coming into the Pre-School.
  • To liaise with parents and the preparatory teacher to ensure a smooth transition to school.
  • To provide a warm, nurturing and respectful environment.
  • To directly supervise the children in the programme at all times, ensuring that all activities offered at and away from the Pre-School are carried out in a safe, age-appropriate and organised manner.
  • To share with parents information about their child’s day.
  • To involve the parents in the planning of the pre-school programme.
  • To be familiar with and to follow the requirements laid out in the Policies and Procedures Manual.
  • To be familiar with and maintain the conditions of the QMC Pre-School Employment Contract.
  • To provide or arrange for first aid in cases of emergencies. Reportable incidents will be documented following College procedures and a report completed the same day.
  • To coordinate planning, implement and assess developmentally appropriate activities according to the interests and individual needs of the children in the pre-school. These activities should foster social, physical, emotional, cognitive and creative development.
  • To arrange and supervise all routines and interactions.
  • To develop rosters for regular cleaning routines as well as cleaning of toys, washing bedding and outdoor clothes left at the Pre-School.
  • To complete all administration duties.
  • To lead regular planning sessions, arrange agenda and newsletters and attend and participate in staff meetings.
  • To maintain confidentiality about children, their families, and the PreSchool.
  • To take responsibility for regular monitoring of a group of children to ensure the progress of each individual child and document accordingly.
  • Fulfil all professional requirements as requested by the Principal and the Head of Junior School
  • The Head PreSchool teacher shall also be committed to both personal and professional development.
  • The Head Pre-School teacher shall demonstrate loyalty to the school at all times and be prepared to contribute to the special character of Queen Margaret College.


If you want to be part of Wellington’s leading independent girls’ school and teach highly engaged students, send your curriculum vitae and a cover letter to [email protected]

We are eager to fill this position and will be undertaking a continuous interview process as applications are received, so don't delay sending through your application.

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Applications closed Thursday 6 October 2022