Kindergarten & Care

Welcome to Scallywaggs Junior Kindergarten


  • This information sheet will ensure your time in Junior Kindergarten is positive and runs smoothly.  Please keep it handy as it may be useful to refer to from time to time.


  • To enable a positive transition into Junior Kindergarten, we feel it is important to visit a couple of times before your child’s official date of entry.


  • Please sign your child in and out each day.  If your child is absent or going to be away, please let the office know.  This is important as it ensures all children are able to be accounted for during the day and in the event of an emergency


  • Please supply nappies and wipes for your child.  If your child is toilet learning please supply sufficient changes of clothing for toileting mishaps.


  • Please provide lunch and a named drink bottle for your child.  Please pack a healthy selection of food. 


  • Scallywaggs provides morning and afternoon tea consisting of sandwiches,  fruit and sometimes baking.


  • For your child’s comfort at sleep time please provide a familiar blanket.


  • Please pack a change of clothes and a plastic bag as the children often get wet or muddy.


  • All medication is to be signed in on the medicine folder, as we are unable to administer medicine unless it is signed in.


  • Please name all of your child’s clothing and belongings.



  • While your child is at the Junior Kindergarten the teachers will take photos, write learning stories, gather artwork and capture magic moments in their play.  This will be recorded in a profile which we encourage families to contribute to and look through whenever you choose.


  • We have an open door communication ‘policy’.  Our teaching team welcomes parents, caregivers, families/whānau to chat and share information about your child’s learning and development any time.


  • Formal information sharing time can be arranged with the Head Teacher if you have any queries and/or concerns. 


  • We welcome and value your support sharing knowledge and working together with us in partnership to enhance your child’s holistic learning and development.


  • Please write any special daily requirements on the sign-in sheet or let the teachers know on the day.


  • Please ensure written permission in our medication folder is given for us to give any medicine your child requires while at the kindergarten.  This is a legal requirement that we must have on our records.


  • We undertake self review on a regular basis to ensure we are meeting the needs of children, families, and the community as well as regulation requirements.  We invite and encourage you to be actively involved in this process so your needs are met. 


  • We invite you to participate and contribute in our policy review process. We review different policies monthly. The policies due for review are listed in the monthly newsletter and are available at the office.


  • The Junior Kindergarten surveys will be sent home with your child from time to time.

  • Scallywaggs receives funding from the Ministry of Education and the record of spending is displayed on the parent notice board.


Junior Kindergarten Fees  

-  Booked hours - $5.60 per hour

                                                 - Casual hours - $7.50 per hour



Daily Programme


 9:00am                        Welcome, greetings and settling.

                                        Explorative play


9:30-10:15am             Rolling morning tea

10:00am                       Explorative play inside/ outside

                                        (Opportunities for transition visits to Middle

                                        Kindergarten, Fun gym, Orchard, Meadow,

                                        Paddock, Adventure Playground and

                                        Community walks     


11:00am                         Prepare sleep room and dining room.


11.20am-12.00             Lunchtime


12:00-12:30pm             Rest and relax/ reading

                                           Preparing children for their resting and sleeping



1:00pm-2pm                Individual and group play


2:00pm-2:30pm          Rolling afternoon tea


2:20- 2:30pm                Sleeping children gently woken


2:45pm                           Group-time/Story /Music/Farewell


2:55pm                           Teachers and Children pack bags


3:00pm                           Junior Kindergarten session ends.



Our toileting learning programme is a consistent and regular routine,

guided throughout the day.



Opportunities to learn at Junior Kindergarten are:

  • I learn that my health and well-being is nurtured and protected;

  • I learn to develop a sense of responsibility for my own well-being and that of others;

  • I learn to develop confidence and trust with my teachers and people outside my family;

  • I learn to develop a sense of self worth;


  • I learn to develop the ability to identify my own emotional responses and those of others


  • I learn to explore in an environment that is consistent and continual

  • I learn to develop my self-help and self-care skills for eating, drinking, food preparation, toileting, resting, sleeping, washing and dressing;


  • I learn to maintain concentration and be involved;

  • I learn a positive attitude towards sharing and turn-taking with my peers;

  • I learn that my parents and teachers are in partnership together for the benefit of my well-being.