Kia ora and welcome to Yendarra Kindergarten
Nau mai, Haere Mai. Afio Mai, Susu mai , Maliu Mai. Malo e lelei, Kia orana, Fakaalofa lahi atu. Welcome! We are proud of the strong sense of whanaungatanga offered at our kindergarten in Yendarra. Everyone belongs, and children (tamariki) and their families (whãnau) are valued.
Our diverse team of teachers embrace the rich multicultural nature of New Zealand and our local area, and we work alongside family and whanau to ensure we deliver top notch early childhood education in Yendarra. Our garden environment provides opportunities for tamariki to learn about the value of growing our own kai, from seed to table. This is a creative, sustainable process where children become competent gardeners and chefs – important life skills, and some of the many that are taught here.
We follow the New Zealand Early Childhood Curriculum, Te Whāriki. This is based around five principles of learning: wellbeing (mana atua) belonging (mana whenua), contribution (mana tangata), communication (mana reo) and exploration (mana aoturoa). We are proud of our latest Education Review Office Report which says our ‘learning programme has a special sense of wairua and respect for the mana of children and their whanau’. Our centre is more than just another Yendarra daycare facility, it’s a place to belong.
There are plenty of options for daycare in Yendarra, but a kindergarten which belongs to the Auckland Kindergarten Association offers something a little different. The charitable organisation has been integral in educating children for more than a century, and we are happy to be a part of that legacy.
A community and family focus is one special part of the kindergarten experience, as well as smooth transitions to school for our older tamariki. Along with providing top quality, innovative academic teaching, we help to grow well-rounded little ones who can confidently interact with the wider world.
Our team at Yendarra Kindergarten works closely together like a family. We are very passionate about our community. We have a lot of alofa and aroha (love) for our children and families.
We have one Samoan teacher who speaks fluent Samoan and a Cook Island teacher aide who speaks Cook Island Maori. Our head teacher is from the UK and of British/Jamaican descent, our third full time teacher is Maori and we all speak some Te Reo Maori. We love working in partnership with our tamariki and whanau – our children and families – and learning is alway full of laughter and fun.
From the ERO Reports…
Teachers maintain close partnerships with parents/whānau, helping them to support their children’s learning.
Children work alongside teachers, identify topics that they want to learn more about, and use computer tools and resource books to gather in-depth information of interest.
Teachers respect children’s capability and independence. They listen to children and extend conversations to promote children’s language development and thinking skills.