Kia ora and welcome to Takapuna Kindergarten
Welcome to Takapuna Kindergarten. We have a large outdoor garden where children can play, a newly renovated building, and friendly, fully qualified staff dedicated to providing the best possible early childhood education in Takapuna. Our programmes respond to the individual needs of each child, in close consultation with parents and whanau. There is a strong focus on goal setting for children, and nurturing them to meet those goals.
We are very proud that our kindergarten in Takapuna has achieved Silver Enviroschools status and we continue to work with our community to build and maintain the sustainable practices that are important to us. The New Zealand Early Childhood Curriculum, Te Whāriki, guides our teaching and helps us to create a learning environment that embraces the diversity of New Zealand children. The curriculum is based around five principles of learning: wellbeing (mana atua) belonging (mana whenua), contribution (mana tangata), communication (mana reo) and exploration (mana aoturoa).
HOW WE DIFFER FROM OTHER TAKAPUNA CHILDCARE PROVIDERS
Unlike any other Takapuna childcare centre, we are part of a tradition of educating Kiwi kids that stretches back more than a century. The Auckland Kindergarten Association, of which our centre is a part, was established in 1908 and is a longstanding organisation with a charitable purpose, teaching children academic and life skills.
Kindergartens are set apart by many things, one of which is the integration into the community. Relationships within the local area are important to us, and we take a collaborative approach with families to ensure our children learn both at kindy and at home. The transition to school is a big focus for our older kids, and we work hard to prepare them for this big life change.
The teaching team behind our Kindergarten is passionate about providing an education that goes beyond what you’ll find at a typical Takapuna daycare provider. We have four early childhood qualified and registered teachers, a teacher support person and an administrator making up a dedicated staff.
From the ERO Reports…
Children are happy, engaged explorers and independent learners. They have a sense of ownership of the kindergarten environment and co-construct play areas with their teachers.
Parents and children are welcomed on arrival and many parents stay, invited by their children to play or to observe in different play areas.