Our culturally diverse and inclusive kindergarten in Papatoetoe encourages social interaction in a multicultural environment to provide a foundation of respect, uniqueness and community. We follow the New Zealand Early Childhood Curriculum, Te Whāriki. This is based around five principles of learning: wellbeing (mana atua) belonging (mana whenua), contribution (mana tangata), communication (mana reo) and exploration (mana aoturoa). By using these principles in our programmes, we nurture and teach each little learner in a way that responds to their individual needs.
Creative and innovative teaching is key in our kindergarten, and we endeavour to provide a top quality early childhood education in Papatoetoe. Part of that is our learning environment – and a great feature of our kindergarten is the exceptionally large outdoor area which provides opportunities for the children to explore all areas of the curriculum in new and different ways.
Our kindergarten offers so much more than just Papatoetoe childcare – it is a community-based centre of learning, helping to produce well-rounded Kiwi kids. We are part of the Auckland Kindergarten Association which has a well-established reputation for early childhood education. It has been around for more than a century, and we are proud to belong to this charitable organisation.
As part of the community focus, each kindergarten in the AKA is closely linked to nearby schools, facilitating an easy transition to the next stage. We also encourage families to be a part of their child’s learning as much as possible.
High quality learning environments and innovative teaching also set us apart from other Papatoetoe daycare options. Being a kindergarten, we are part of a long-standing tradition of teaching little ones and preparing them for life.
The passionate and purposeful team at Papatoetoe Kindergarten is committed to providing an environment where children are encouraged to make their own choices and are supported to experiment, explore and extend their skills and knowledge to realise their full potential. The teachers are all registered and qualified early childhood teachers.