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Welcome to Junior Kindergarten
Our programme operates between 9:00am and 3:00pm, Monday to Friday catering for up to 17 preschool aged children.
Junior Kindergarten Philosophy
Mission Statement: ‘Providing Quality Education and Care’
We embed the concept of our cultural heritages gifted through Te Tiriti o Waitangi.
For us, it is essential to respect and value the diversity of families. We believe that respectful relationships and communication between children, families, teachers and communities is the foundation of building trusting and secure partnerships and friendships. The contribution of parents and whānau is vital to guide our practice for the development and happiness of our children. Our aim is for parents to see ourselves as part of their extended families.
We recognize the importance of a warm, safe, nurturing and equitable environment for children’s learning and development. We provide opportunities for free play, contact with the natural world and active exploration, enhancing individual interests and wonder. We believe in regular routines for children, helping to build their sense of trust, confidence, self-esteem and a sense of belonging. Through positive guidance we promote children’s independence encouraging their self-help and self-care skills. We are passionate and committed in working with children and view their interrelationships holistically. The first years of children’s lives are crucial in their development and early foundations. Loving, caring and being attentive to their needs, we support children’s learning through positive and meaningful relationships.
“Our Children: Our Taonga”
ERO Review, August 2014,
Junior Kindergarten children have a play space that provides well for the specific needs of infants and toddlers. They enjoy a calm and settled environment. Responsive caregiving supports their need for strong and secure attachments. They develop close bonds with their primary caregivers, who know them and their families well.
Children have a learning environment which reflects their culture and identity. Resources that affirm Māori children’s sense of belonging are visible and accessible. Te ao Māori is reflected in the environment and in routines.