Kia ora and welcome to Henderson Kindergarten

Henderson Kindergarten provides a rich and stimulating learning environment and is a place where children can happily learn and thrive. We provide a large outdoor natural environment which fosters children’s curiosity and independence and is an area where children can explore a range of interests. We implement a play based approach to learning where children can explore, experiment, discover and solve problems in imaginative and playful ways.

We are located next to the Opanuku reserve and is a longstanding establishment with a well-established reputation for top quality, innovative teaching.

We cater to a range of age groups from 2 to 5 years where all children are encouraged to play and learn with and alongside each other. This fosters co-operation and the implementation of Māori concepts such as Ako and Tuakana-Teina.

We pride ourselves on offering a centre where everyone is welcome to learn confidently and at their own pace. Children here demonstrate a real sense of belonging. They settle quickly and establish effective relationships with each other and the teachers.

Children are able to pursue and develop their interests with the support of caring and capable teaching staff.

Our team values the input of family and whānau, and encourage regular involvement. We also ensure that we include family aspirations for their child in their documentation and ensure that these are encouraged throughout their learning journey. We also include family and whānau input in fundraising and other kindergarten events. We love to work collaboratively with each other and the families of our little ones to make sure they are being supported in ways which fit their unique needs.

We also help children with a smooth transition to school by ensuring that they have developed essential skills for life.

We feed into a range of local schools in our area and many of our children have gone on to attend these schools with confidence.

The teaching team all have a sound knowledge of Te Reo Maori to ensure that we deliver bicultural learning programmes based on the Te Whāriki curriculum.

What parents are saying…

  • To all the parents that are considering their kindergarten choices - rest assured, your children will be well taken care of at Henderson Kindergarten. The attention, love and care my kids (Daniel and, later, Phillip) have received is absolutely phenomenal, and we will be forever grateful. They thoroughly enjoyed each day at the kindy, loved their teachers, developed social skills and grew in confidence. Daniel transitioned to school perfectly and Phillip is looking forward to starting school after Xmas also.

    Yuri, Albina, Daniel, Phillip

From the ERO Reports…

  • Teachers use their knowledge of children's interests and parents' aspirations to develop a responsive curriculum. They encourage children to lead the exploration of resources and ideas, allowing group topics to evolve and diversify over time.

    Henderson Kindergarten 2017 ERO Report

  • Children can independently access a variety of resources and many have become competent with difficult tasks.

    Henderson Kindergarten 2017 ERO Report