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Discovery Kindergarten

3 Pullen Lane, Whitby, Porirua 04 234 8186
ABOVE: Amy, Lauren, Wendy, Nikki, Sarah (Head Teacher) and Amy.

About Us and Our Programme

Discovery Kindergarten in Whitby, Porirua, has an attractive environment of mature native plants, gently sloping grounds, a large all-weather sandpit and covered decks. We are a well-resourced kindergarten and provide a variety of equipment to foster learning in all curriculum areas.

We have a close reciprocal relationship with Discovery School and the Associate Principal visits the children once a week.


We use a picture of Captain Cook’s ship “Discovery’ to represents the journey we are all on together. The eight sails represent what we actively value and teach: courage and perseverance, learning to be learners, fun, caring and kindness, respect, positivity, creativity and responsibility.


The children at Discovery understand they and their whānau are important to us. We work to develop good relationships with whanau to achieve their aspirations for their children. We want children to grow up to be life-long learners who are self-motivated and caring individuals.


The programme is soundly based on the children’s interests.  When children identify interests, teachers support them by providing resources and engaging children in conversation to extend their learning and deepen their developing understanding. The progression and development of these interests are reflected on our planning walls in the centre.  Stories are also placed in the children’s profile books, which are available at all times for the whānau to read.



Monday to Friday: 8:45am - 2:45pm



Ngahere Tamariki

Our Bush Kindy programme is almost at the end of its 3rd successful term, and it continues to be a valuable and much enjoyed part of our programme.


The cooler term has brought with it new weather for us to adventure in, with the tamariki noticing and talking about the difference in the bush when it is wet. We have welcomed several new families to our programme this term, with each child fitting in well.


We have found that there is something different in Ngahere Tamariki for each child, each directing their own learning and following their own interests when in the bush. This can be seen with the chidlrne who choose to explore and climb, the children who chose to find a quiet place to draw, children who like to find natural treasures and those who did a mix of everything.


We receive wonderful feedback often from our families and children, with children sharing in-depth information with their families of their adventures and some taking their families on their own bush kindy’s in the weekend.


Thank you to all for your ongoing support with this programme, we appreciate this and cannot run this without you.


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