Kia ora and welcome to Grey Lynn Kindergarten

Grey Lynn Kindergarten is based within a beautiful, heritage building that is surrounded by mature and well established gardens, simply an oasis in Central Auckland.

Grey Lynn Kindergarten, previously St James Kindergarten, was established in 1913 and is a huge part of the history of Grey Lynn and surrounding areas.

We have been part of the Enviroschools Programme since 2006. This philosophy is strongly embedded into the culture here at kindergarten. Our commitment to environmental sustainability runs through everything we do. We encourage children to develop a close connection with nature through the emphasis placed on sustaining and protecting Papatūānuku.

Our passionate and qualified teaching team are committed to deepening children’s learning through play. Children are encouraged to follow their interests, develop a sense of wonder and foster a view of themselves as learners.

Come and visit Grey Lynn Kindergarten. See this unique environment and spend some time with us. We look forward to meeting you.

What parents are saying…

  • Since being at the kindergarten I have seen Arlo thrive and grow in confidence. His initial separation anxiety was managed so beautifully by each of you and it made me feel at ease seeing the care and time you took to make him feel comfortable when I had to leave. The kindergarten is one of the most beautiful spaces I have seen and I honestly wish I was the one spending all day there. The calm energy you all bring to the kindergarten can be felt by everyone who visits. Your approach to the children’s learning is thoughtful and intentional. I love the updates on the app of the child-led learning experiences that you as teachers have encouraged and furthered. We feel so blessed that Arlo gets to go to Grey Lynn Kindergarten and we could not have dreamed of such a beautiful space and such wonderful caring teachers for him. You have made us feel so welcomed and part of the kindergarten community.


From the ERO Reports…

  • Positive and sensitive relationships help families and children to feel a sense of belonging in the kindergarten. Teachers welcome parents and children on arrival, and engage them in conversation to help them reconnect with the kindergarten.

    Grey Lynn Kindergarten 2018 ERO Report

  • They skilfully encourage children to think for themselves and to make decisions in their play, supporting them to take risks and to solve problems.

    Grey Lynn Kindergarten 2018 ERO Report