Kindergarten & Care

Kia Ora and Welcome to Scallywaggs Senior Kindergarten

We extend an open invitation to parents, caregivers, families/whānau to visit us and spend as much time as they wish with their child/children in this stimulating and safe learning environment. 

Here are a few tips that will help you settle into our Kindergarten...

•    Our programme operates between 9.00am and 3.00pm, however Scallywaggs Kindergarten and Care is open from 7.50am – 5.15pm.

•    If your child’s booking is before 9.00am and/or after 3.00pm you must sign them in and out on the white sheet in the Main House outside the office door.   If your child’s booking is between 9.00am and 3.00pm, you need to come straight to the Senior Kindergarten and sign your child in and out on the green sheet.

•    We supply morning and afternoon tea.

•    Please supply your child’s lunch in a named lunchbox and a water filled, named drink bottle (children have access to drinking fountains).  We encourage healthy eating and children are asked to choose sandwiches or fruit from their lunch boxes first.  We are able to heat up food which has been brought in a microwave proof dish.  Yoghurts can be put in our fridge (please ensure they are named).  We appreciate your support by not sending lollies or chocolates in your child’s lunchbox.

•    Lunchboxes are stored in their bags.

•    Please send your child with an adequate amount of named spare clothing and a plastic bag.  Exploring with water, sand, clay, paint and messy play means clothing can often become wet or dirty.

•    Sometimes we go on spontaneous walks into the community so it is important that your child has shoes to wear, gumboots are recommended for the winter/wetter periods.

•    Toileting – we support children by reminding them about using the toilet if needed.  Please talk to the teachers if your child needs extra support with toileting.  (If your child is in nappies or undies and often has accidents, please supply a container of wet wipes.)

•    Your child’s bag must be visibly named (on outside).  We can provide you with a tag if needed.

•    Your child’s artwork will be sorted in our art box.  Please feel free to check our art box and take your child’s precious art home.

•    Your child’s profile book will be available for you and your family to share any time.  Children often like to share their ‘special books’ with their peers, teachers and family.  Please feel free to sit with your child and look at their ‘special book’ or take it home to share with families, however their ‘special book’ needs to be returned to the Centre to enable us to continue to add examples of your child’s learning while with us.   Please let us know if you are taking your child’s profile book home.

•    We have an ‘open door policy’.  Our teaching team welcomes parents, caregivers, families/whānau at any time to chat and share what is important for them and to ask questions or queries if they have any concerns.  It is also an opportunity for us to share your child’s learning experience at our Kindergarten.

•    Our teaching team values your support and knowledge of your child to assist us in our role as teachers, and together we can work in partnership to enhance your child’s holistic learning and development.

•    Please write any special requirements on the sign-in sheet or let any of 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 here with us.  This is a legal requirement that we must have on our records.

•    As a centre we undertake internal reviews on a regular basis to ensure we are meeting the needs of our children, families, the community and any legislative requirements.

•    We invite you to participate and contribute in our policy review process. We review different policies monthly. These policies will be available to read online.

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

•    Scallywaggs Kindergarten & Care receives funding from the Ministry of Education, details of this spending is displayed on the parent notice board.


•    In this pack there is a “Me and my whanau” sheet.  Please fill this in and return to our centre as soon as possible.  This information helps us to better understand your child as she/he enters into their new Kindergarten.

We are looking forward to having you and your child/ren in our Kindergarten

Senior Kindergarten Fees - Booked hours - $5.60 per hour
- Casual hours - $7.50 per hour
- 20 ECE hours - No Charge


Senior Kindergarten Programme


Senior Kindergarten Programme commences. Children and Parents/Whanau are greeted. Teachers are available to discuss with Parent/Whanau their aspirations and their child's needs for the day. Parents/Whanau are welcome to settle their child into an activity before departing. Children have the opportunity to participate in learning experiences already set up, based on their interests or choose from any of the resources available.


Morning Tea (provided) - children are asked to finish their activity then wash their hands for a group morning tea. This is a social time for the children as they learn to engage with others while partaking in a meal.


Clean up time – children are encouraged to work together and take some responsibilities to help tidy their centre environment.


Group Time – coming together in a group to share children's current interests, learning, share in group stories, singing and games.

12.00pm – Lunch Time.

Throughout the meal time children have the opportunity to develop reciprocal relationships and gain positive attitudes towards eating in a calm and relaxed environment.


Quiet Book Time – children quietly looking/sharing a book/s of their choice with a friend; and/or listen to a story on a tape/cd; or listen to a teacher quietly reading a story.


Children have the opportunity to participate in learning experiences of their choice inside and outside. Teachers support children's play by providing safe and appropriate resources to support meaningful and sustained experiences.


Clean up Time – children are encouraged to help tidy their centre environment.


Afternoon Tea.


Preparation for home time – children are supported to gather their belongings into their bags and put their shoes on.


Group Time – opportunity for children and teachers to reflect on the day, revisit learning and aspects that are of interest to them. Sometimes this is achieved through reading book/s of interest or songs/rhymes to finish the day.


Senior Kindergarten closes. Children with bookings after 3.00pm move into the main house.

Is My Child Ready For School

This is a question many parents ask us as their child is approaching school age.  Here is a brief list of things your child should be doing by the age of 5 ensuring they are prepared for their school years.  Please remember children develop at different rates so talk to one of our teachers if you have concerns or questions about your child’s development.

Self Help Skills

•    Recognise own clothing (named)
•    Dress himself/herself
•    Tie shoe laces or do up Velcro shoes
•    Be responsible for their belongings
•    Put things in their bags
•    Access resources and put them away
•    Tidy up after themselves
•    Use a toilet independently

Social Skills

Is your child able to:

•    Get on with others, co-operate, share, take turns, be persistent, work alone, follow instructions for example: boundaries, doing as he/she was asked or told.


Is your child remembering what is heard and seen?
Can your child …?
•    Follow simple directions
•    Remember simple rhymes
•    Remember a simple story that has been told or read


Is your child seeing, understanding and reacting appropriately?


Is your child hearing, understanding and reacting appropriately?

Reading Readiness

Children grow towards readiness for reading at different rates which vary widely in their abilities, skills and understanding.  A preschool child may not learn all these pre reading skills before five but will learn and understand some of them.

For example
•    What a book is?
•    Know that a book contains words and pictures
•    Know that words are what are read
•    Know that a book has a beginning, an end, a back and a front
•    Understand that reading is done from left to right, top to bottom
•    Understand that a printed word represents one spoken word
•    Children need to learn to love and care for books in order to want to read
•    Children have enough vocabulary to express what they want to say