At Glen Eden West Kindergarten we foster a strong sense of belonging in all our children. It’s an inclusive and caring environment with teachers who support children to learn and develop skills in communication, literacy, mathematics, science, technology and other areas. This comes through directed and independent play as well as teaching which is adapted to the individual needs of each little person. The transition to school is also a focus for our centre, and we aim to make the next step as smooth as possible. We are closely tied in with the neighbouring primary school.
We follow the Te Whāriki teaching philosophy, an official New Zealand Early Childhood Curriculum. This is based around five principles of learning: wellbeing (mana atua) belonging (mana whenua), contribution (mana tangata), communication (mana reo) and exploration (mana aoturoa). Each of these principles is, we believe, important in growing confident young learners.
The centre has recently been renovated to provide a modern setting for a top quality early childhood education in Glen Eden West.
There are many ways that our centre differs from the many other Glen Eden childcare options. Our kindergarten in Glen Eden is part of the Auckland Kindergarten Association, a longstanding organisation that has shaped the early education of many Kiwis. Kindergartens are family focused and community-based, ensuring that learners feel a sense of belonging in the wider world and encouraging whanau to be an integral part of their child’s learning.
Kindergartens also have strong links with local schools, and a focus on ensuring that children handle the transition well. Our centre will help to grow and prepare your child for life not just at preschool age, but into the years beyond.