Kindergarten has been in New Zealand for over 125 years. Today it is still at the heart of communities across the country. Kindergarten continues to evolve to meet the changing needs of families while maintaining its tradition of high quality, affordable and inclusive early childhood education. Kindergarten holds the needs of children and whānau paramount and is a community-based service.
Kindergartens open in response to community need. In the past decade, 33 new kindergartens have opened their doors. This year, two new purpose built centres operated by kindergarten associations are opening with flexible hours, strong ties to schools, a focus on community partnerships and excellence in teaching and learning.
New Diamond Harbour Kindergarten Opens
A new, sustainably built kindergarten was opened by Prime Minister John Key in Diamond Harbour last week. At the event, the Prime Minister planted a Hebe tree. The Hebe tree is significant to the Kidsfirst Kindergarten Association, which operates the new kindergarten, as it symbolises resilience. Each member of the staff at the kindergarten association received a Hebe tree following the Canterbury earthquakes. The kindergarten is located on the same site as the Diamond Harbour School, promoting a sense of community and positive transitions. A team of highly qualified teachers support children to extend their learning and understanding of the world around them. Flexible hours are offered to whānau including full day, part day and school day options. In addition to the indoor and outdoor learning spaces for the children, there is also a multi-function room used by parents, whānau, staff and the local community. For more information about the kindergarten click here.
Hobsonville Point Early Learning Centre
The Hobsonville Point Early Learning Centre is temporarily operating out of the Hobsonville Point Primary School building but is planning to move into its new building on the school grounds in July this year. Strong relationships have already been formed with teachers and leadership of the school. Operated by the Northern Auckland Kindergarten Association, the early learning service adheres to the traditional kindergarten philosophies and standards but offers parents and whānau longer days and caters to all age groups. The service employs 100% qualified, registered teachers.For more information about the new centre click here.
For more information about New Zealand Kindergartens, click here.
For further comment: Please contact NZK Chief Executive Clare Wells 0272 955 044