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Helping Children Settle in...


Young children react in different ways to starting kindergarten or with a home based carer. Even the most confident child may take a while to become accustomed to the new environment. These notes are a guide to provide some ideas that may help the settling in process go smoothly.


On the first day:

  • Be prepared to stay and help your child settle in. Some children take several days before they are comfortable enough to stay on their own. You are welcome to stay and to visit after your child has settled in. This can be a good time for us to get to know each other and for you to get to know what goes on in your child’s day.


When it is time to leave your child:


  • It is best to make the decision about leaving in consultation with us. This decision is too big for young children to make, and so although there is some room for negotiation, it is important that you, as the adult, make the final decision.


  • Tell us when you are leaving so we can be there to support and comfort your child if this is needed. Let us know when you will be back.


  • Always say goodbye to your child. Although sneaking away may seem the easiest option at the time, leaving without saying goodbye can be distressing and create problems in the future. By saying goodbye, you will be helping to build a trusting relationship which helps children to feel secure. Your child may cry when you say goodbye, but they will learn to trust that you will come back and to trust us to look after them.


  • The first time you leave, go for a short time. You may need to start by going for 10 minutes and to gradually stay away for longer. We recommend that you arrive and stay for about 10 minutes, do an activity with your child, then go. Always tell your child the plan so they know what to expect. If you say 10 minutes – keep to that time.


  • If you say you are going, you need to go. Although it can be distressing to leave your child crying, delaying your departure can make it harder for them. They may not settle until you have gone. We will always phone you if they are too distressed and of course you are welcome to phone the kindergarten to see how they are.


These suggestions are some of the ideas we have found to be successful in many situations. However, every child is different and we will be flexible and discuss with you what approaches to try. You know your child best and it is important that we work together to make settling in as smooth and happy a process as possible.


You are welcome to stay for as long and often as you like and also to visit after your child has settled in. We're always pleased to see you.

2019 Term Dates

and Public Holidays


Full  Year, Full Day Kindergartens and Etu Ao


OPEN: Wednesday, 3 January 


Part-day (6-hour) Full Year Kindergartens

OPEN: Monday, 7 January


Full Year & Full Day Kindergartens CLOSED Monday 8 July – Friday 12 July


End of Year closure: Friday, 20 December


Part Year Kindergartens 


Term 1  Wednesday 23 January - Friday 12 April


Term 2  Monday 29 April - Friday 5 July


Term 3  Monday 22 July - Friday 27 September


Term 4  Monday 14 October - Thursday 19 December


Statutory Holidays (for all Kindergartens and Etu Ao):

     Wellington Anniversary Day: Monday, 21 January

     Waitangi Day: Wednesday, 6  February

     Good Friday: Friday,19 April

     Easter Monday: Monday, 22 April

     ANZAC Day: Thursday, 25 April

     Queen’s Birthday: Monday, 3 June

     Labour Day: Monday, 21 October


Queries and Concerns


At Whānau Manaaki we have a big emphasis on quality.

Parents put an enormous amount of trust in us, and we do our best for your children.


However, from time to time, concerns do arise.


We are looking to do better every day, and to foster a culture of continual learning, so if you have a concern or query that you don’t feel is able to be dealt with by your child's teacher or educator, we want to hear from you.


Please email us here in the first instance, and we will assist you from there.



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