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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

At Discovery Kindergarten we believe in fostering a love of learning, in an inclusive environment that encompasses, but is not limited to: kindness, respect, confidence, leadership and enthusiasm for learning. We value family, community and reciprocal relationships.


The children at Discovery understand they, and their whānau, are important to us. We work to develop good relationships with whānau 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.


Our teaching philosophy combines our value and belief’s that the bonds between community, tamariki, whānau and kaiako, are valuable and everlasting.


We are a well-resourced kindergarten and we 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 also have links to our other surrounding schools, including, Postgate, Adventure, St. Theresa’s. Paremata and Pauatahanui.


Our curriculum is soundly based on the children’s interests.  The teaching team work hard to identify our children’s interests, and support them by intentionally providing resources and engaging children in conversation to extend their learning and to deepen their developing understanding. 

The progression and development of these interests are reflected on our planning walls in the Kindergarten.  




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



We use Storypark, an online portfolio system, to capture, document and engage with whānau regarding their child’s learning. Stories are also placed in the children’s profile books, which are available at all times for children and their whānau to read.


Ngahere Tamariki is our innovative and unique Bush Kindergarten Programme. It is for the 8 oldest children who attend kindergarten on a Wednesday.


Children go into the bush with a teacher, and a parent helper, once a week every Wednesday. Here, the children direct their learning. We explore, climb, slide, play, read, listen, create - the options are endless. We are very lucky to have such a stunning and enriching natural environment on our doorstep.


We offer mixed aged sessions from 8.45am – 2.45 am, 5 days, with 5 qualified, registered teachers, and we are licensed for 40 children. Children can start with us from 2years of age – waitlist permitting.



Term 1 Tuesday 23 January - Friday 13 April   Term 2 Monday 30 April - Friday 6 July

Term 3 Monday 23 July - Friday 28 September   Term 4 Monday 15 October - Friday 21 December



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