Tāhunanui Kindergarten offers education and care for tamariki/children from the ages of 2-6 years across two buildings. Te Rito is for our younger tamariki and Harakeke for our older ones.
The large outdoor environment enables us to offer a wide range of activities for children to develop their physical skills and confidence; this has a direct correlation to brain development and their academic learning.
Flexible, moveable equipment ensures we provide appropriate physical challenges for children from the day they start Kindergarten to the day they leave.
We underpin our programme with clear and positive expectations that help develop social competence in children.
During their time at kindergarten children build positive relationships with each other and are encouraged to consider others in their play.
We provide a comprehensive transition to school programme and work closely with Tahunanui School to achieve this.
Children leave kindergarten having become very familiar with the school environment and the new entrant teacher.
At Tahunanui Kindergarten we believe sustainability is important. Children see and participate in practices which promote caring for the environment, ranging from recycling and worm farming to re-using rainwater.
Teachers recognise children’s individual interests and foster these in a variety of ways.
As teachers, we are passionate about developing social and physical competence in young children. We will support your child to learn many of the skills which are essential for academic learning. We call these ‘foundation skills.’ Skills such as persisting, problem solving, trying out ideas, how to get along with others.