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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Growing Independent Learners
Growing Independent Learners

As a parent it is only natural to want what we think is best for our child. We’ve all heard the term helicopter parenting, a name given to mums and dads who constantly ‘hover’ over their child.

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Young Explorers
Young Explorers - Roslyn Kindergarten

Place a child in a natural environment and the learning is limitless. Not only do outdoor spaces extend physical development, they can directly contribute to a child’s language and cognitive development.

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Settling your child into kindergarten
Settling your child into kindergarten

If your little one has, or is about to start kindergarten, then you both may be a little anxious. At Ruahine Kindergartens we know there’s a few things that can be done to lessen the stress and help your child to settle quickly. We welcome you to spend time visiting kindergarten prior to your child’s actual start date.

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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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