Kia ora and welcome to Botany Kindergarten

At Botany Downs Kindergarten we aim to build a community of resilient, risk taking, creative thinkers who inspire each other.  We aim to build inclusive relationships that nourish learning through inspiration, respect, role modelling and understanding.  We aim to nurture a welcoming environment that supports, challenges and provokes.  We aim to be inspired by children’s emerging ideas, language and working theories.

Our strengths lie in fostering oral literacies, risk taking, perceptual motor skills, divergent thinking, inclusive practices, digital media and extensive transitional actions.

Our pets have a pivotal role in our curriculum and embody the values we aim to develop in children.  Gandhi once said, “The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way it treats its animals.”  Ascione concurred, “humane treatment of animals leads people to treat others with greater civility, respect and kindness.”

We are a new teaching team full of enthusiasm and drive.  Here at Botany Downs Kindergarten we value our community and welcome their input into the curriculum.  The strength of the community keeps us energised.   We work together to provide a challenging, considered learning programme based on children’s interests and emerging theories.

From the ERO Reports…

  • The curriculum highly values children's identities, cultures and languages. These are visible in the learning resources, stories and displays around the centre.

    Botany Downs Kindergarten 2016 ERO Report

  • Children enjoy sustained, cooperative play with their peers. They display confidence in their own abilities, and in conversations with each other and adults.

    Botany Downs Kindergarten 2016 ERO Report