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Heretaunga Kindergarten

9a Ruru Crescent, Heretaunga, Upper Hutt 04 528 3418
ABOVE: Back Row: Saskia, Emily, Ceri
              Front Row: Carolyn (Head Teacher), Jo, Penny 

About Us and Our Programme

At Heretaunga Kindergarten the teaching team has six priorities for children’s learning:

  • Building relationships
  • Social and emotional competency
  • Children’s strengths and interests
  • Bicultural practice
  • Whanau aspirations
  • Sustainable practice. 


As teachers we believe that these priorities give children a strong foundation to be life long learners.


We are part of the EnviroSchool programme which promotes sustainable practices. 



Monday to Friday:  8:30am - 2:30pm



Our programme is child led and follows both our curriculum Te Whariki and the EnviroSchool’s Kaupapa.  There are many opportunities for children to take on leadership roles within the kindergarten with our daily Rangatira role.  With our mixed age setting, support for younger children through Tuakana/Teina relationships with older children helps to embed our three simple rules of being respectful, being responsible and being safe. 


Our small afternoon session with 18 older children gives opportunities for focussed intentional teaching based on children’s interests. 


At Heretaunga we provide positive transition experiences for children moving onto school and we have strong links with our local primary schools Silverstream, Pinehaven and St Brendan’s.



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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