At Glendowie Kindergarten we value tamariki as unique individuals and embrace the diverse cultures and experiences that they bring to our learning community. We believe that relationships form a vital foundation in creating a welcoming, caring and safe learning environment where all tamariki and their whānau develop a sense of belonging.
We value and foster an awareness of sustainable practices within our kindergarten environment and wider community. We are proud to have achieved both Bronze and Silver Enviroschool status and are currently working towards our Green/Gold. Our tamariki participate in weekly walks to the park across the road to extend their awareness and appreciation of the natural environment. Walks to our local maunga and continued connections with our local Iwi and Marae develop an understanding of our bicultural heritage.
Glendowie Kindergarten was awarded the Healthy Heart Rito Award by the Heart Foundation to assist early learning services in creating an environment that promotes healthy eating and physical activity to children and families. Learn more about the Healthy Heart Award here.
Glendowie Kindergarten’s passionate and qualified teachers work with children to develop and sustain their interests. We encourage our tamariki to have inquiring minds and use a range of strategies to deepen their learning. Teachers foster tamariki holistic development and sense of self by nurturing their independence and social competence.
Our kindergarten has four fully qualified and registered early childhood teachers. The teachers are dedicated to, and passionate about early childhood education and actively engaging in passionate and reciprocal relationships that foster a sense of belonging for all tamariki and their whanau.
Glendowie Kindergarten is an inclusive kindergarten with a learning philosophy based on free play through te New Zealand Early Childhood Curriculum, Te Whāriki.
We are also joined and supported by our wonderful support staff, who are a dedicated members of our kindergarten family and community.