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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 we have a strong emphasis on empowering children as learners which assists with their transition times through life, particularly moving on to school. We strive for every child to believe in themselves and leave kindergarten as responsible citizens with a life-long love of learning.


At our place children are encouraged to be a confident, independent and motivated learners supported by qualified teachers, specialising in early childhood education and registered under the Education Council of Aotearoa New Zealand.  We engage in ongoing professional learning, to keep abreast of current theory and practises so we can best support your child’s learning.


We have been a part of the Enviro-Schools programme since 2010 and hold a Silver award.  The programme encourages children to think and act in sustainable ways and to foster environmental sustainability within the local community.


Three values underpin everything we do at Heretaunga Kindergarten; for all children to be safe and keep each other safe, to be responsible for themselves, their belongings and the world around them and to be respectful of each other and the environment.


Our kindergarten philosophy was developed in collaboration with whānau and reflects our teaching pedagogy, goals and priorities for learning we strive to imbed in our curriculum.




Monday to Friday:  8:30am - 2:30pm


 Our philosophy promotes

  • Whanaungatanga/extended relationships
  • Ako/teaching & learning, interests of tamariki
  • Manaakitanga/kindness, respect and generosity
  • Tuakana/teina, Contribution, leadership
  • Mana/pride, sense of belonging and well-being
  • Manaaki whenua/ sustainability and care of the environment,
  • Hauora/ spiritual, emotional, physical and intellectual well-being
  • Auahatanga/creativity, progressive thinking
  • Wānanga/ Communication, problem solving and innovation

Our vision is to provide quality, inclusive and accessible Early Childhood Education to our community with a welcoming environment, and to foster a culture of whanaungatanga and manaakitanga.



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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