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Doris Nicholson Kindergarten

1122 Fergusson Drive, Upper Hutt 04 526 9883
ABOVE: Dhanaye, Jane, Deb (Head Teacher), Janet and Soreen


About Us and Our Programme

Our Whakatauki:

Manaaki Whenua ... We look after the land and environment

Manaaki Tangata ...  We look after the people

Haere Whakamua ...We can all go forward in our learning


You will hear laughter from both adults and children as you come up our long driveway. We place great emphasis with our families and whanau that this is their place too. This is everyone’s place. The families and whanau are part of our philosophy river, nourishing and enabling our kindergarten community to move forward and grow stronger together.


We encourage all our children to be 21st Century Learners by supporting them to investigate the world around them. We celebrate with them taking risks and discovering self belief and confidence.


When you visit you will see a living philosophy in which Manaakitanga (respect for all things) is evident. Our children and teachers use philosophy language in natural play and learning.


New Zealand Sign Language and Te Reo Maori are used within our kindergarten alongside English naturally throughout both sessions.


We believe in an inclusive working environment supporting individual needs of children and whanau.

We view children as adventurers who teach and learn.


Our teachers thrive on a passion for learning, investigation and teaching. We make connections to our wider community and local iwi. We encourage the sharing of different cultures and their customs.

We celebrate difference and embrace fun



Monday to Friday:  8:30am - 2:30pm



Doris Nicholson Kindergarten was named after Doris Turner Nicholson, Upper Hutt City’s mayor from 1970 - 1977.


You will find us at: 1122 Fergusson Drive, Upper Hutt. We are located down a long driveway.


If you have a child you would like to enrol with us, there is no need to make an appointment to visit. Just pop along within session times and see us at “play”. We will be happy to answer any questions you may have.


We are also on Facebook, just type in Doris Nicholson Kindergarten and click ‘like’. You will receive updates and news as we post them.


Our programme is strongly linked to our Kindergarten philosophy. You will see this throughout all documentation such as in children’s portfolios, and wall stories etc.  We strongly focus on 21st Century learning, capturing various learning moments throughout the term for each child. These learning moments are documented and assessed every six months linking them to parent aspirations and philosophy.



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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