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Kindergartens Embrace Enviroschools Programme

A winning partnership between a school and kindergarten resulting in a recently announced Enviroschools Green Gold Award for each highlights how the programme is being effectively incorporated into kindergarten curriculum and promotes collaboration across the education sector and communities.

The partnership between Ōmanu School and Gwen Rogers Kindergarten in Mt. Maunganui in the Enviroschools programme provides an example of how schools and early childhood education services can effectively work together on issues that impact the community. This collaboration promotes a community of learning – a priority for the current government – including positive transitions and engaging parents and whānau in their children’s learning.

Initially targeted to the school setting, the Enviroschools programme is increasingly a feature at kindergarten.

In the tradition of the original Froebel kindergartens in Germany, it is common for kindergartens – which literally means children’s garden – to have gardens where children grow plants and food, and learn about their environment and sustainability. Kindergartens also incorporate recycling, conservation and exploring the natural environment into the curriculum programme.

“The Enviroschools programme is a natural fit for kindergarten,” said Clare Wells, Chief Executive of New Zealand Kindergartens. “Kindergartens have strong connections with families and communities, and engaging in environmentally sustainable practices with children to make a positive different to our local environment fits well with our values and philosophy.”

A 2013 Enviroschools survey of kindergarten teaching teams and families shows that teachers believe the programme fits well with Te Whāriki, the national early childhood education curriculum, and that parents support the Enviroschools programme in kindergarten.

To date there are 80 kindergartens in the New Zealand Kindergartens network involved in the Enviroschools Initiative. Among these, 20 have achieved Bronze status, 4 have achieved Silver status and 6 have achieved Green Gold status. A list of kindergartens within the NZK network involved in Enviroschools is listed below.


New Zealand Kindergartens:  Clare Wells, Chief Executive, NZK m: 0272 955 044



Kindergartens in the NZK network participating in the Enviroschools programme


Comrie Park Kindergarten

Kerikeri Kindergarten

Portland kindergarten

Oaktree Kindergarten

Albany Kindergarten

Arataki Free Kindergarten - Bronze

Botanical Road Free Kindergarten - Bronze

Brookfield Free Kindergarten - Bronze

Gate Pa Kindergarten

Greerton Free Kindergarten - Bronze

Gwen Rogers Free Kindergarten  GreenGold

Maungaarangi Kindergarten

Maungatapu Free Kindergarten

Otumoetai Free Kindergarten

Papamoa Coast Kindergarten  GreenGold

Papamoa Free Kindergarten  GreenGold

Welcome Bay Free Kindergarten – Silver

Whangamata Free Kindergarten

Katikati Free Kindergarten  GreenGold

Paengaroa Free Kindergarten

Te Puke Free Kindergarten

Te Puna Community Kindergarten Bronze

Whakamarama & Districts Kindergarten

Karamuramu Kindergarten

Hunter Park Kindergarten

Lakeview Kindergarten

Waipawa Kindergarten Bronze

Camberley Kindergarten

Frimley Park Kindergarten

Havelock North Central Kindergarten

Mayfair Kindergarten

Te Awanga Kindergarten

Bette Christie Kindergarten

Carlyle Kindergarten

Eskview Kindergarten Bronze

Greenmeadows Kindergarten Bronze

Mary Richmond Kindergarten

Onekawa Kindergarten

Riversdale Kindergarten

Wairoa Kindergarten

Frankleigh Park Kindergarten

Kahikatea Kindergarten

Puketapu Kindergarten

Linton Kindergarten

Roslyn Kindergarten

Bulls Kindergarten

Raumati South Kindergarten Silver

Waikanae Kindergarten

Masterton West Kindergarten Bronze

Brown Owl Kindergarten Bronze

Cottle Kindergarten

Heretaunga Kindergarten Bronze

Brian Webb Kindergarten

Arakura Kindergarten

Boulcott Kindergarten

Kelson Kindergarten

Naenae Kindergarten

Waiwhetu Kindergarten

Mayfield Kindergarten (Blenheim) Bronze

Seymour Kindergarten Bronze

Auckland Point Kindergarten Bronze

Birchwood Kindergarten

Grove Street Kindergarten Bronze

Hira Rural Kindergarten Bronze

Nayland Kindergarten Bronze

Nelson South Kindergarten

Stoke Kindergarten

Victory Square Kindergarten

Golden Bay Kindergarten Bronze

Greenwood Kindergarten  GreenGold

Henley Kindergarten Bronze

Pinegrove Kindergarten Silver

Waverley Street Kindergarten

Kidsfirst Kindergartens Karoro

Kidsfirst Kindergartens Lyttelton Bronze

Kidsfirst Kindergartens Opawa St Martins Silver

Kidsfirst Kindergartens Lincoln  GreenGold

Rhona Day Free Kindergarten

Lees Street Kindergarten

Waverley Kindergarten 


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