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Tai Tamariki Kindergarten

55 Cable Street, Wellington 04 802 4041
About Us and Our Programme

We are a mixed aged kindergarten on the ground floor of Te Papa Tongarewa that opened in 2010.  We provide a caring and nurturing place where everyone feels a sense of well-being.


The concept of whanaungatanga - forming strong relationships through shared experiences and working together - is fundamental to our whānau-based model. We recognise that we are part of a wider whānau group that nurtures and fosters a sense of belonging at Tai Tamariki.


Our tamariki contribute to our programme and are empowered to set and achieve goals.  They view themselves as learners, using the language of learning and making plans for future learning.   


Our learning environment fosters creativity, fun and positive social interactions.  We are committed to bicultural practice, recognising and supporting Te Tiriti o Waitangi and weaving aspects of tikanga and te reo Māori into our programme.


Tamariki of all ages learn and play in an open plan environment. We create deliberate spaces within this environment that respond to changing needs and emerging interests, to provide a range of challenges, developmentally-appropriate activities and quiet retreats.



Monday to Friday:   8.00am - 6.00pm




Our community is part of our curriculum. We make trips to Te Papa Tongarewa and wharenui, local galleries, parks, the library, and the Sustainability Trust.


We value reciprocal learning opportunities and treasure tuakana-teina and ako principles of learning.  We plan for and respond to tamariki learning collectively.


Tamariki creativity and learning is visible in our kindergarten, their work is valued and they see themselves as learners and contributors.


Tino rangatiratanga - we support tamariki to take a leadership role in their learning and we encourage them to set and achieve goals.


We value whānau contribution. This is reflected in our open door policy and in the many ways our whānau participate.







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