Ruahine Kindergartens

Te Whāriki

Kindergarten learning is child initiated, supported by the teacher. The Ministry of Education’s curriculum, Te Whāriki, underpins a wide range of educational experiences and opportunities. This early childhood curriculum has been specifically designed for children from the time of birth to school entry, providing direct links to learning in school settings.

Te Whāriki is founded on the following aspirations for children:

To grow up as competent and confident learners and communicators, healthy in mind, body and spirit, secure in their sense of belonging and in the knowledge that they make a valued contribution to society.

The woven mat of Te Whāriki has four principles and five curriculum strands that weave a programme of learning for children. Learning outcomes have been developed for each goal in each of the strands, forming an integrated foundation for every child’s development.

Holiday Programme - places available
Holiday Programme - places available - Campbell Street Kindergarten

Do you want to continue your child's Kindergarten experience with an exceptional educational programme during the holidays?  Campbell Street Kindergarten is hosting another succesful Holiday Programme for 3 - 5 year olds with a fully trained, vibrant teaching team.  Children may attend for all days or a selection of days at a minimum of 6 hours per day (8.30am - 2.

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Makino Kindergarten Philosophy Tamariki - Makino Kindergarten

He Whakatauki Ko au ki tenei - I will carry this handle Ko koe ki tena - and you carry this handle Kiwai o te kete - carrying the woven bag together.

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Victoria Esplanade visit
Victoria Esplanade visit - Makino Kindergarten

To support an ongoing interest many tamariki had in nature and insects, we embarked on our adventure to the Victoria Esplanade in Palmerston North. After an exciting bus ride spotting farm animals, aeroplanes, construction workers and the bustle of the city along the way, we arrived at the peaceful and tranquil Esplanade.

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Spaces available at Campbell Street Kindergarten Play-group
Spaces available at Campbell Street Kindergarten Play-group - Campbell Street Kindergarten

Do you have a child 18 months or older?  Would you like to meet other whanau in your community?  Then join our Play-group every Thursday during term from 9am - 11am.  Adult's morning tea supplied, just bring a snack and some spare clothes for your child.

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The whole world's a stage
The whole world's a stage

While our young children enjoyed the recent term break, over 100 Ruahine Kindergarten Association teachers were engaged in professional development, honing their skills in dance and drama.

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Art teaches life skills in full colour
Art teaches life skills in full colour

Children love to paint, and will come back to painting activities again and again to revisit its countless forms. At kindergarten we can provide the resources and dedicate time to helping your young one discover their internal Picasso.

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Question of cognitive development
Question of cognitive development

If you’ve ever been at the receiving end of a seemingly endless barrage of questions from a preschooler, or group of curious children, you have experienced first-hand an important stage of cognitive development.

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Water Play
Water Play

With the weather getting warmer, water play activities are gaining increasing popularity with our kindergarten children. Water entices and encourages exploratory play, where children can work at any level, whether it’s alone or alongside others. Water troughs under sheltered decks and shade sails are filled with containers, funnels, sieves, plastic bottles and watering cans.

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Building sustainable communities
Building sustainable communities

Our natural surroundings provide an abundance of learning opportunities on a daily basis. Exploring the environment through natural science not only extends physical development; it provides hands on opportunities to create healthy, resilient and sustainable kindergarten communities. Bulls, Linton and Roslyn Kindergartens recently joined the Enviroschools programme.

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Playing with dough
Playing with dough

Without a doubt, a popular early childhood activity that has stood the test of time is playdough. Place some in front of a young child and you’ll quickly see that the play is purposeful and the learning is child initiated. What might start as a simple smooth and colourful ball may soon become a cake, crocodile, or car. Children develop their ideas as they play.

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