|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.