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.
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.
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 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.
Former NZ Kindergarten (NZK) President Frank Bourgeois has been awarded a life membership for his service to the kindergarten movement.
Current President James Patea presented the honour to Frank today at the NZK’s Annual General Meeting.
Napier woman Helen McNaughten has been recognised for her contribution to the NZ Kindergarten (NZK) Board at today’s annual general meeting.
The Education Minister’s announcement about a package to support early childhood education teacher supply was a good signal, NZ Kindergartens Chief Executive Jill Bond said today.