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Welcome to Waimauku Kindergarten

Waimauku Kindergarten was proudly opened in July 2003. Located in the rural township of Waimauku our kindergarten was a dream of a small dedicated group of women who volunteered their time, over 4 years to raise the funds to support the establishment of a community operated early childhood centre.

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Our Philosophy

The Teachers at Waimauku Kindergarten have 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"   We believe that it is essential that children have the right to be children this means we value play as a meaningful way of acquiring and developing knowledge.

We know that through play children are able to be active investigators: who explore, develop, test and articulate their theories, and learn through interacting with their environment. We believe children develop knowledge through play that stimulates a tremendous amount of learning. We will develop and work within an environment that is stimulating, inspiring and challenging for children. This environment will reflect the children's interests, allow for opportunities to re-visit experiences as well as provide times for sustained interactions and uninterrupted work.

“The most effective kind of education is that a child should play amongst lovely things” – Plato

Teachers believe that through assessment and documentation they will develop a deeper understanding of children's strengths and interests. Our programme will be guided by Te Whariki: 'Empowerment, Holistic Development, Family and Community' underline all assessment, documentation and planning. We strongly believe the implementation of these principals will be empowering for children and their families.

We will ensure that in this fast changing world of ICT that our children are given the opportunities to explore the use of ICT tools within a safe environment. This will enhance children's learning and play experiences and will involve children, parents/whanau, teachers and the wider community.

We value the relationships with children, family and whanau. We aim to extend our links within the wider community of learning. Waimauku Kindergarten will be a welcoming place for all children, families and whanau, where there are equitable learning opportunities and where diversity is valued and respected.

Education Review Office 

To view our latest report please follow this link ERO Report

Kindergarten Hours

Waimauku Kindergarten operates a Kindergarten day model. Our session times are either 4 hour mornings or 6 hour days or a mixture of both. 

The kindergarten is open Monday to Friday: 8.30am – 2.30pm

Administrator Hours:

Monday:        8:45am - 12:45pm

Tuesday:       10:30am - 2:00pm

Thursday:     8:45am - 2:00pm

Friday:  8:45am - 2:00pm

Meet our Team

From left:  Brodie Hirst, Jo Redman (since left), Alison McGarvey, Nicola Sherrock (Admin), Rachel Jackson, Shar Caitcheon (Head Teacher)

Absent: Delwynne Mansvelt-Wells (Teacher Support/ESW)

Parent Committee

To help run our wonderful Kindergarten we need the support from parents to join our committee. The committee meets once a month to organise fundraising events, and support the activities of the teaching team. Our committee is always fun to be part of and a great way to meet other parents. New members are always welcome

What Parents say about us...

"Waimauku has a huge range and area of indoor and outdoor activities. Even I discover new things when I am there and the teachers are always looking for ways to keep things interesting and putting new 'slants' on existing resources."

"Amazing resources!"

"Huge area to play in, lots of big toys (carts, trailors etc) to play with and a comprehensive sand pit. The resources are definately available and the teachers make it work wonderfully with new angles on how water play etc can be done."

"Such a beautiful learning facility"

Get in Touch

18 Freshfields Road



P: (09) 411 8890