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.

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Children’s Day reminder of commitments made

New Zealand Kindergartens Association (NZK) says Children’s Day is the perfect day to remind the Government of its commitment to the early childhood sector.

NZK Chief Executive Jill Bond says Children’s Day recognises and celebrates children throughout Aotearoa New Zealand. “It is also a day to put the spotlight on why so many of our children continue to live in poverty and do not have the opportunity to realise their potential.

“We know that what happens in early childhood education makes a difference for a lifetime and the system needs to ensure seamless inclusion and transition for all children,” Ms Bond says.

Te Mata Kindergarten Triathlon: Kids bike, run and slide their way home – Hawkes Bay Today

The annual Te Mata Kindergarten Triathlon had its biggest turnout yet this weekend.

The triathlon saw 400 children sliding to victory at Hereworth School on Sunday.

Head teacher Fiona Francois said it was the 10th time the Havelock North community had rallied for the kindergarten’s main fundraiser.

“It was by far our biggest turnout,” she said.

“A visit from the Lowe Corporation Rescue Helicopter Service was a highlight, which couldn’t have happened without the help of the Havelock North Volunteer fire brigade.”

The far-reaching benefits of kindergarten –

Kindergarten is a fantastic early childhood education option. With flexible sessions for ages two to five, a strong focus on quality education, and 20 hours free care for ages three and up, this type of teacher-led service is the perfect fit for many whānau.

Depending on the kindergarten, children can be enrolled in morning, afternoon or six-hour sessions, up to five days a week during school term. Some kindergartens offer holiday programmes too, and there are bilingual kindergartens, home-based services, long day programmes, some services for under twos and even a hospital-based kindy in Nelson.

Quality experiences and enriching opportunities are at the heart of the kindergarten approach, and to learn more about kindergarten, we checked in with the Chief Executive of New Zealand Kindergartens, Jill Bond.