Kia ora and welcome to Somerville Kindergarten

At Somerville Kindergarten we are passionate about providing tamariki (children) with a bi-cultural curriculum that recognises and celebrates that each person is unique and comes to us with a kete of knowledge, culture and experience.

Tamariki and whānau (family) are at the heart of what we do and our whanaungatanga (relationships) anchors their sense of belonging. With a culture of manaakitanga (kindness) and aroha (love) we fill our tamariki emotional and social kete which fosters meaningful play and enriches authentic learning.

We provide a beautiful homely environment that is welcoming, safe, secure, and purposely prepared for tamariki to have a home away from home. We believe that the environment is the third teacher, and we are passionate about fostering a warm and inviting environment that facilitates authentic play.

Our play based kindergarten is underpinned by Te Whāriki (2017), an emergent curriculum with open ended resources that empowers tamariki and gives them the opportunity to immerse themselves in rich play experiences. When tamariki have autonomy over their play they become the creators and contributors of their own learning journeys.

We support tamariki to engage and become kaitiaki (leaders) of papatuānuku (earth) and develop sustainable practices. We strive to embed Tikanga values throughout the programme to uphold the principles of Te Tiriti o Waitangi. We work alongside tamariki to increase our proficiency in the use of te reo throughout the programme.

From the ERO Reports…

  • Teachers provide a stimulating, challenging learning environment that inspires and supports children to respect and care for natural resources.

    Somerville Kindergarten 2015 ERO Report

  • Children choose from exciting and well resourced areas that provoke child-initiated learning and support sustained play.

    Somerville Kindergarten 2015 ERO Report

  • Teachers view all children as competent and capable.

    Somerville Kindergarten 2015 ERO Report