Nga Mihi Mahana Kia Koutou - A warm welcome to everyone!

Oaktree Kindergarten is situated in Browns Bay. We are a public early childhood educational service and offer a high quality educational programme for 3-5year olds. At Oaktree Kindergarten we have an open door policy and welcome families/whanau in for a visit. Please drop in and have a look around. We look forward to getting to know you and your child.

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A Beautiful Playground!

Our Philosophy

At Oaktree Kindergarten our practice is underpinned by the founding principles of Te Whariki, the Early Childhood Curriculum guidelines for Aotearoa/New Zealand.

Relationships - Nga Hononga

We believe that authentic, meaningful and reciprocal relationships between teachers (kaiako), children (tamariki), families (whanau) and the wider community are an integral basis for teaching and learning. We embrace respect, understanding, open communication, honesty, harmony and integrity. These values underpin our role as teachers within our learning community.

Empowerment - Whakamana

We aim to provide a beautiful, joyful and stimulating environment that nurtures and empowers children to become confident, capable learners. We value children as actively contributing members of our learning community. All children are supported to learn with and alongside their peers, teachers and other adults to become socially competent citizens.

Our environment reflects the uniqueness of Aotearoa New Zealand. We strive to provide a natural environment that supports environmentally sustainable practices and entices children’s natural curiosity and desire to explore.

Holistic Development - Kotahitanga

We believe that children learn best through a play-based curriculum that provides opportunities for discovery, wonder, exploration and interaction. We are skilled practitioners who support children’s developing working theories, and emergent literacy and numeracy development, within a social context. We use conversations and provocations to extend and enrich each child’s learning journey.

Family and Community - Whanau Tangata

We recognise that children’s learning and development extends beyond the walls of our kindergarten. We value the contributions from parents, whanau, fellow teachers and the wider commu- nity. We acknowledge that these contributions help to shape our curriculum and enhance our as- sessment, creating a community of learners approach.

We recognize the Treaty of Waitangi/te Tiriti o Waitangi as a living and relevant document and the unique place of Maori as Tangata Whenua of Aotearoa New Zealand. We are committed to working in partnership with Tangata Whenua to develop our knowledge of Maori language and culture/te reo me ona tikanga Maori, and to incorporating these as an integral part of our curriculum.

We celebrate the diverse make up of our kindergarten community, and strive to reflect this in our environment and practices. Every person, irrespective of difference in ability, gender and cultural background, is warmly welcomed here. Oaktree Kindergarten is a place where a sense of belonging and security is fostered for all.

Welcome one and all - Nau mai, Haere mai

Jane Clark (Head Teacher), Tui Skelton, Lucy Harrod, Amy Guan, Rhea Taylor, Dianne Williams (Administrator), Lucy Brady (T.Aide)

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Oaktree Kindergarten is a kindergarten day model.   The kindergarten is open for the following hours:    

Monday to Friday: 8.30am – 2.30pm

Administrator Hours: 8am - 12pm

Please contact us if you would like any further information about hours and current starting age

Our Team

From left: Dianne (Admin), Rhea (Teacher), Debbie (since left), Lucy (Teacher), Tui (Teacher), Jane (Head Teacher)

Absent:  Amy Guan (Teacher) & Lucy Brady (T.Aide) 

What Parents say....

"Oaktree kindy has a variety of outdoor and indoor activities for kids to learn and play with."

"Absolutly love this kindy! cant see myself sending her anywhere else"

"The team at Oaktree are AMAZING!! The exciting, varied and educationally rich experiences are fabulous!!!"

"Beautiful play based environment with very engaged and motivated teachers."

Our Parent Committee

The committee consists of parents (Mums and Dads) and is a great way to meet new families in the area.  They are responsible for organising regular fundraising  and social activities and events throughout the year. All money raised benefits your child.  Fundraising is organised for the purpose of covering shortfalls in running costs and for the purchasing of equipment and resources for the children.    

The committee meet monthly, all are welcome to attend. Please check out the committee notice board at kindergarten for a copy of the previous minutes and other information. Our committee is made up of a great bunch of parents and they have some great things planned for this year. We would love to have you on board.

Get in Touch

1 Palliser Lane

Browns Bay


P: (09) 479 5979