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Discovery Kindergarten

3 Pullen Lane, Whitby, Porirua 04 234 8186
ABOVE: Wendy, Karen, Amy R, Amy P (Head Teacher), Erin and Louisa.

About Us and Our Programme

 

We believe in fostering a love of learning in an inclusive environment. We value kindness, respect, confidence, leadership and enthusiasm.  We also value family, community and reciprocal relationships.

 

The children at Discovery understand they and their whānau are important to us. We develop relationships with whānau to support achieving aspirations for their children. We want children to grow up to be self-motivated, caring and life-long learners.

 

We are a well-resourced kindergarten and we provide equipment to foster learning in all curriculum areas. We have a close relationship with Discovery School and have regular visits.  We also have links to our other surrounding schools.

 

Our curriculum is based on the children’s interests.  The teaching team works hard to identify interests, and support them by providing resources and engaging children in conversation to extend their learning and to deepen understanding. Our planning wall reflects this development.     

 

SESSION TIMES

 

Monday to Friday: 8:45am - 2:45pm

 

 

We use Storypark, an online portfolio system, to engage with whānau about children’s learning. Stories are also in profile books, which are available for children and their whānau to read.

 

Ngahere Tamariki is our Bush Kindergarten Programme for our oldest children. Once a week, a small group of children take charge of their learning in the outdoors.  We explore, climb, slide, play, read, listen, create.  We are lucky to have a stunning and enriching natural environment on our doorstep.

 

We have five qualified, registered teachers, and children can start with us from two years of age – depending on space.

 

 

 

 

2021 Term Dates

 

Term 1: Thursday 21 January - Friday 16 April  Term 2: Monday 3 May - Friday 9 July

Term 3: Monday 26 July - Friday 1 October  Term 4: Monday 18 October - Wednesday 22 December

 

 

 

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