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.

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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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.

Southland Kindergarten Association wins cultural award

Southland Kindergarten Association has been recognised as the national winner of the New Zealand Kindergartens’ (NZK) cultural award through its inspiring work to help children learn most effectively.

NZK President James Patea said the Southland team had put huge effort into learning about and observing the best way to inspire children to develop their academic and social potential. They did this through activities in and outside of the classroom, various art forms, including classical and other music, an outdoor art installation, nature discovery and use of reflective journals.

Marlborough Association takes out NZ Kindergartens’ President’s Trophy

An impressive conservation focus by a little kindergarten in Picton has been recognised nationally by the NZ Kindergartens Association (NZK).

The kindergarten, which is part of the Marlborough Association, was awarded the President’s Trophy by NZK President James Patea. This is the first year the trophy has been awarded since 2017 and it was a privilege to find such a worthy recipient, he said.

Three new NZ Kindergarten Association Board Members announced

Three new members have been elected on to the NZ Kindergartens Board to ensure representation from local associations, Board President James Patea said today.

Mr Patea, who has been reappointed for another two years, said he was delighted to announce Becky Walker from Westport Kindergarten Association, Kaye Heasman from Heretaunga Free Kindergarten Association and Julie Craig from Oamaru Free Kindergarten Association were joining the board.