The years of discovery…

What happens in kindergarten, matters for a lifetime

“Play is the highest expression of human development in childhood for it alone is the free expression of what is in a child’s soul.” – Fredrick Froebel, founder of kindergarten

Children are innovators, problem solvers, communicators and leaders. At kindergarten, they learn about science, mathematics, technology, language and literacy, music and art. Teachers create learning environments where children are valued, happy and safe, where their identity and culture is celebrated, and where children can explore and learn about the world around them, developing skills and growing knowledge and understanding. Together with families and whānau, qualified teachers extend and progress children’s learning, supporting every child to be competent and confident in their world.

New Zealand Kindergartens is the organisation  that represents regional kindergarten associations and its purpose is to grow and strengthen the kindergarten movement.

Kia ora, talofa lava, malo e lelei, bula vinaka, fakaalofa lahi atu, kia orana, fakatalofa atu, malo ni, mauri – welcome to kindergarten.

Latest News

Kindy party to mark 100th – Southland Express

The oldest kindergarten in Invercargill is celebrating its 100th birthday this weekend.

Ranui Kindergarten head teacher Carey Corkery said all past, present and future whanau who had been involved with the kindergarten were welcome to come along to the open day on Sunday to celebrate.

Although the party had to be put on hold due to Covid-19, Ms Corkery said now was the perfect time to mark the occasion.

First time author writes about 75 years of South Canterbury kindergartens – Timaru Herald

This year kindergartens in the region celebrate 75 years. Reporter Esther Ashby-Coventry spoke to the woman behind the book which celebrates the milestone.

After writing her first book about the history of South Canterbury’s kindergartens, Marie Rapley is itching to write more.

The mother-of-one volunteered for the project after discovering a wealth of historical information in the basement of Hanan Kindergarten where her daughter had previously attended.

The result is Consistency and Change – 75 years of South Canterbury Kindergartens.

Kerikeri Kindergarten a finalist in national biosecurity awards – The Northern Advocate

Kerikeri Kindergarten is thrilled to have been named a finalist in this year’s New Zealand Biosecurity Awards for an initiative which teaches pupils to become guardians of the forest.

The kindy is among 27 finalists named from a pool of 70 entries for the awards which recognise biosecurity champions making a difference to protect New Zealand’s unique environment from pests and diseases.

Story of region’s kindies to be told – The Courier

People wanting to learn more of the history of kindergartens in South Canterbury now have the opportunity to do so.

The South Canterbury Museum will open a new exhibition on Saturday celebrating the story of South Canterbury Kindergartens, which is marking its 75th anniversary.

The entire history is covered in the exhibition, from small beginnings in a church hall to the present day, where the association runs 12 kindergartens and plays a vital role in the lives of nearly 500 children.

Delight at Extra Funding for Early Childhood Education

Jill Bond, CEO of New Zealand Kindergartens (NZK) said their members were thrilled with the news the government will restore funding for qualified and registered early childhood teachers to 100%.

The National government reduced the funding to 80 % in 2010 which meant many kindergartens ended up in deficit and had to use financial reserves.

Jill says the funding is so welcome and will give local Associations much needed financial certainty.

“This is just so exciting for us and has been a long time coming. It’s such good news on the back of what we’ve been going through with Covid-19 and a great boost and recognition for our staff who have been working so hard during this time to support our tamariki and our community.”

“It also means we can now start to plan to do some things at our kindergartens which have been deferred because we just couldn’t afford them.”

Many Kindergartens Open on Thursday May 14th in Level 2

Girl playing aeroplanes in the garden

Member Associations of New Zealand Kindergartens say they want to support parents returning to work this Thursday with the move to Level 2 and have had time to thoroughly prepare.

“Our teachers over the past couple of weeks have had time to get everything ready on site and have been practicing new hygiene routines. We’ve been extremely careful to wipe down all surfaces and in Level 2 we will be cleaning outside surfaces daily as well.” Said Jill Bond, CEO of New Zealand Kindergartens (NZK).

“One thing that the children will love being able to do is get outside on the play equipment and let off some steam. They have really enjoyed coming back under Level 3 and while we can still provide on-line support for those at home, we want to encourage all children to return to our kindergartens to reunite with their friends and teachers.”