E nga Iwi, E nga Whanau

Nau mai, haere mai ki te pae tukutuku (website) o Northern Auckland Kindergarten Association.

 

People and Whanau

Welcome, welcome to the Northern Auckland Kindergarten Association website.

** A PASSION FOR LEARNING & LIFE **

Looking for early childhood education for your child? Look no further.

STORIES FROM OUR KINDERGARTEN WORLD...

The post below from Rangitoto Kindergarten recently attracted over 500,000 Facebook user views from around the world.

"THE WORLD IS MUD-LUSCIOUS AND PUDDLE-WONDERFUL" -E.E. Cumming

While the gorgeous summer days provided us with endless opportunities to explore the natural environment, the recent rain has added an element of delicious fun! The joy of exploring, puddles, rain dripping from trees, the smell of wet earth, worms vacating their tunnels for us to observe and above all the feeling of freedom and the raw elements of nature is something we all hopefully remember from our own childhoods!

As Ranulph, Fiennes a famous explorer quoted "there is no bad weather, only inappropriate clothing," we have a "whatever the weather" approach to outdoor play at kindergarten.

Recent rain falling into our Mud-pit had provided us with squelching, oozing, wonderful mud where there learning opportunities go hand in hand with sensational fun and if you are not quite convinced check out the findings of some recent research below! (who would have thought there was so much information available on the internet relating to the benefits of mud play! (Jenny Kable - Let the Children Play)

1. Playing in the mud can make you happier.
Scientists have discovered something that children have always known - playing in the mud can lift your mood. Research has revealed that dirt contains a microsopic bacteria called Mycobacterium vaccae which increases the levels of seratonin in our brains which soothes and calms us.

2. Playing in the mud connects you with nature:
Being outside in the elements of nature creates happy memories with the one most primal element in our world: nature.

3. Playing in the mud can make you healthier.
Playing in the dirt - including very wet dirt - is good for a child's immune system.

4. Playing in the mud can make you smarter. 
Studies have found that playing in the dirt can make you smarter. The same release of serotonin that occurs when playing in M. vaccae dirt has also been shown to improve cognitive function.

5. Playing in the mud helps children to learn and develop.
Sensory, hands-on play feeds children's brains.

7. Mud encourages children to think creatively - it might become a tasty mud pie, a swamp for dinosaurs or a construction site! It is an opened material that engages thinking and inspires the imagination. It also provides rich opportunity for co-operating, communicating, negotiating and sharing with others.



A little about our kindergartens....

Kindergarten is a service offering early childhood education. Our kindergartens have traditionally provided sessional hours. The staff to child ratio for kindergarten is 1 teacher : 10 children. Kindergarten caters for children between 2 and a half and 5 years of age.

One of the biggest differences to other early childhood providers is that our Association employs only registered teachers to deliver the curriculum. A registered teacher in NZ holds a Diploma in Teaching (ECE) or similar qualification, with a minimum of three years training.

A little about our early learning centres....

Our early learning centres are all day services catering for children from 6 months to 5 years of age.  The staff to child ratio for over 2 year olds  is 1 teacher : 10 children and in the infant and toddler area 1 teacher : 4 children.

Our early learning centres are open from early morning to early evening and often accommodate parents who have long work hours and/or lengthy commutes .

Our Early Learning Centres incorporate the philosophies of kindergarten, including employing all registered teachers and focusing on early childhood education.


Annual report 2015

The Association's Annual Report is available to downlaod.

From the GM's desk

Fees and ECE Funding

The primary form of government funding for our kindergartens and early learning centres is the ECE funding subsidy. This contributes to our costs by paying for part of each hour each child spends in our care to a maximum of 6 hours per day/30 hours per week. This subsidy does not meet the full cost of our kindergartens and early learning centres as the government expects the costs to be shared with parents.

All our kindergartens and early learning centres offer 20 Hours ECE funding. 

The hours that your child attends may also be subject to a fees payment should you not qualify for the Government's "20 Hours" ECE or in the event your child attends longer than 20 hours per week. For more information please see the fees policies for kindergartens and early learning centres.

Work and Income make quality childcare more affordable for families -especially if you need a bit of extra help so you can work and prepare for a working future. If approved, they grant you financial assistance from the date you first contact them, if you complete your application within 20 working days of that date. Work and Income for more information on Work  and Income.

Promoting sustainable environments

We support sustainability across our organisation from teaching and educational practices to building design and maintenance. 

Many of our services are Enviroschools participants. Check out our Parent Information page for more details about what we're doing or the Enviroschools website on the link below.

Our Philosophy on Education

We believe that all children and their families/whanau are unique and reject a 'one size fits all' approach to education, believing instead that a child's individual learning plan should be tailored to the child's individual needs. Parents, as experts on their child, work with teachers, the experts on education to assess each child and ensure programme design provides opportunities for the child to extend their existing knowledge and skill and develop attributes such as perseverance, resilience and curiosity that are critical to learning*. We believe that children deserve nothing less than the best qualified, most competent teachers available. We know that the quality of interactions between children and our highly skilled teachers is one of the most important factors in a childs learning and furture educational development.

Your child will experience a range of stimulating, challenging and  learning environments and learn a range of life skills including:

* Taking responsiblilty, developing independence and confidence

* Being involved in groups with other learners and teachers

* Sharing and exploring their understanding of people, places and things

* Expressing ideas and feeling and having theses acknowledged and extended

* Early reading, writing, science, maths and social studies

* Social skills - negotiating, turn taking, co-operation, conflict resolution

* Respect for other cultures, languages and traditions

* Research shows that active adult participation in ECE enhances child-learning outcomes. 

In a study carried out from 2010 to 2012 in Whanganui by a partnership between the Whanganui Central Baptist Kindergarten and Early Learning Centres, and researchers, Judith Duncan (University of Canterbury) and Sarah Te One (Victoria University of Wellington) and funded by the NZ Teaching and Learning Research Initiative (NZCER) a new way of accessing learning outcomes in early childhood education that includes families, parents and community was discussed.



We are a member of New Zealand Kindergartens Incorporated, the umbrella body organisation representing 25 regional kindergarten associations nation-wide.