Northern Auckland Kindergarten Association Inc.

Started in 1954, Northern Auckland Kindergarten Association (NAKA) are a not-for-profit association in the Early Childhood Education (ECE) sector. From their humble beginnings, they now have 13 kindergartens and 2 early learning centres. Making up to over 150 staff members plus a number of relieving teachers that are paid each fortnight.

NAKA’s previous payroll system was a partially manual payroll system with poor user friendliness. This meant hours of manual calculations were needed to ensure specific requirements of the collective agreement were met. The payroll regulations for 70% of their staff are set by the Kindergarten Teachers Collective Agreement (KTCA). With salary scales, FTE’s, annual leave and sick leave being totally different to the standard rules. 

Their legacy payroll system had limitations and was not able to support their growth coupled with additional pressures to have constant specialist payroll support due to its complexity; NAKA sought a solution that has greater functionality, great reporting ability, automatic updates and friendly usability.

NAKA chose to partner up with Datacom because of our ability and openness to adapt and tailor our payroll system to specifically meet their unique requirements specifically with regards to the ‘collective agreement’ with KTCA. They were also aware that we had the capability to tailor DataPay with other management software for timesheet imports to further improve the payroll process which makes the procedure simpler and more time efficient.

- A powerful custom report-builder interface using drag-and-drop feature giving the ability to have necessary reports at the click of a button.

- A payroll system that automatically updates with the latest IRD / Labour Law requirements.

- Centre managers no longer have to sort problems out with IRD.

- Expertise and support is a phone call away.

“Datacom Payroll has accommodated all our ‘special’ requirements that are necessary within the kindergarten sector. They have ensured that all our requirements were met and where tweaking was needed, this has happened without any problem or further cost to our Association.”

Alison Baxter, Finance Manager, NAKA