|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 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 that reflects our commitment to Te Tiriti o Waitangi.
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.
2019/2020 Term Dates
End of year closure: Friday 20 December
Open: Monday 6 January