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Kindergarten for your child

Kindergartens are purpose built, age-appropriate learning environments for young children. All kindergarten teachers are trained and qualified as teachers, skilled in understanding how children develop and progress their learning. Teachers provide a rich learning environment within which children learn at their own pace, within the framework of the early childhood education curriculum Te Whāriki.

Children’s language, culture and identity is celebrated, fostered and nurtured at kindergarten. In experiencing and exploring their world at kindergarten, children are learning about science, mathematics, literacy and the arts. They are testing their physical boundaries, developing relationships, and building resilience as they learn how to manage diverse situations. And most of all, children have fun, are inspired, make friends, and are safe and happy at kindergarten.

Children, their parents and caregivers, families and whānau are what kindergarten is all about. You can talk with teachers about your child’s progress and read about their learning through ‘learning stories’ or in some kindergartens via their online portfolio for example Storypark. Talk with teachers about what happens at your local kindergarten.

We welcome the engagement of whānau – coming in for a quick chat in the morning, staying for a while and helping out, working with the children – cooking, doing a scientific experiment, teaching a dance, joining children on excursions, helping out with a fund-raiser, coming along to a shared meal, or being on the association governance board.

Find a kindergarten near you

Local kindergartens are operated by regional kindergarten associations. To enrol your child in a kindergarten please select the link below to the association responsible for the kindergartens in your area.

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Enrolment and costs

Most kindergartens operate a six hour ‘school-day’ offering places for children for that time with a number offering children morning or afternoon sessions. Children might attend kindergarten a few days a week or five days each week.

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Children’s learning

To grow up as competent and confident learners and communicators, healthy in mind, body, and spirit, secure in their sense of belonging and in the knowledge that they make a valued contribution to society.” – Aspirations for children, from Te Whāriki National Early Childhood Education Curriculum.

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Rules and regulations

Rules and regulations

As service providers, kindergarten associations meet all legislative and regulatory requirements relating to the health and safety of children and staff, receipt of government funding, employment practice, and curriculum and operational aspects of the service.

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