What parents are saying…
Waitakere kindy is a special place indeed. The large outdoor space with mature planting really sets it apart, it is a magical space for the children to explore or simply find a quiet moment. We also love the care, enthusiasm and endless creativity shown by the teachers along with the continuity of staff, two of the teachers also taught our 13 year old! We feel very lucky that all three of our children were able to attend Waitakere kindy, our older children have nothing but happy memories of their time there and love to visit their younger sibling at kindy. Waitakere kindy did a wonderful job of preparing our children for school, they were curious, confident and excited with great gross and fine motor skills developed in a fun way through play, their learning took off upon reaching school.
We moved our 4 year old from another amazing kindy to Waitakere Kindy this year and so had pretty high expectations and I have to say we have been nothing more than thrilled with it. The teachers are amazing, always coming up with new fun and creative ways to engage the kids. They are given so many opportunities to explore and try new things. My daughter has immediately felt accepted, supported and at home at Waitakere kindy and started asking for more days after a few weeks!
We are so lucky to have been involved with Waitakere Kindy with our two boys. The varied playtime activities - both indoor and out, coupled with the gentle structured learning techniques from all of the staff who work there have made this an extremely enjoyable experience for both boys, and us parents. There always seems to be a different fun thing taught each day which shows how much thought and effort has gone in to the planning. The daily updates and photos of the daily events are so good at involving me, and I am confident, and have seen the amazing transition in our boys, that they have the skills and mentality required for the next level of learning. Parent involvement is highly recommended and we love being a part of an establishment who takes obvious pleasure in nurturing and developing our children. Thanks Mel and the rest of your highly skilled and dedicated team. Our youngest boy will be the next in rank to be lucky enough to continue his learning through Waitakere Kindy when he is of age.
We are so happy that our son has been able to attend Waitakere Kindy. We knew it had a great reputation but we are so impressed with all the many different activities and messy play the children get to do. There is obviously a lot of time and energy poured in by the skilled teachers as, despite all the many changing activities, the kindy always seemed to be organised and tidy each day. I love how the parents are kept up to date with everything. Our son is excited every day that he gets to go and we love how he is constantly being challenged and encouraged to learn through exploration.
From the ERO Reports…
Teachers foster strong partnerships with children, parents and whānau. The kindergarten listens to its community and strives to meet its needs.
Processes for supporting children's transition to school are well established. Teachers maintain and promote a very good relationship with the local school.
Children play collaboratively in a rich, stimulating and well-resourced environment. They are capable negotiators, engage in sustained play, and show independence.