Your Friendly Neighbourhood Kindergarten
Welcome to Torbay Kindergarten. We welcome you to browse our site or come into our centre and have a look round, meet the teachers and enjoy our warm and friendly environment.
Torbay Kindergarten is the oldest kindergarten in the East Coast Bays, officially opening on Saturday 31st May 1969 by Mrs P. Dalton, the president of the East Coast Bays Free Kindergarten Association. However Torbay Kindergarten started long before then... In 1947 a private kindergarten was started in the new hall by Miss Wiseman and with her sister, Miss Enid, as a helper. After much fundraising the site and building that is Torbay Kindergarten today was built.
Visit our kindergarten blog to discover current teaching and learning at Torbay Kindergarten: http://torbaykindergarten.blogspot.co.nz
We provide a welcoming, safe, caring and fun environment where families and whanau belong and learning, play and well-being are promoted. Through this, respect and reciprocal relationships are fostered. Through good communication with parents/whanau and the local community, a strong partnership is developed.
We see the children as capable and competent. They are unique individuals in the way they learn and are nourished by their relationships with others. As teachers, we see ourselves as facilitators, observers, scaffolders and provocateurs. Inspired by relationships. research and reflection, we work co-constructively providing opportunties and possibilities to promote children's interests and learning dispositions.
Our curriculum is woven through our everyday experiences, reflects the principals of Te Whariki and our commitment to creating and maintaining a unique bi-cultural environment that reflects New Zealand
ERO Report 2012
To view our latest report please follow this link to the ERO Website
Torbay Kindergarten operates a kindergarten day model. Our children are split into two groups of 40 based on age; older children attend three 6 hour days per week, and younger group attend two 4.5 hour days per week.
Older Group Children:
Mon, Tues, Wed 8:30am - 2:30pm
Younger Group Children:
Thur, Fri 8:30am - 1:00pm
We are a 'NUT FREE' Kindergarten
We are very mindful of children with food allergies and ask that you do not include any nuts or nut products (nutella, peanut butter) in your child's lunchbox.
Term Dates for 2014
TERM 1 23rd January - 17th April
TERM 2 5th May - 4th July
TERM 3 21st July - 26th September
TERM 4 13th October - 19th December
* Please note that kindergarten is closed on NZ Public Holidays
Meet our Team
(From top left) Sandy Baalham, Jackie Hansen-Smith, Tania Rogers, Rachel Pearce, Leanne McGhie, Annie Forbes (Head Teacher). Not in photo: Angela Rowe (Admin), Paula Stevenson (Aide)
Our Parent Committee
The committee consists of parents (Mums and Dads) and is a great way to meet new families in the area. The committee organises regular fundraising activities throughout the year. All money raised benefits your child. Fundraising is organised for the purpose of covering the shortfalls in running costs and for the purchasing of equipment and resources for the children.
The committee meet monthly at the Kindergarten, all are welcome to attend. Check out our notice board at the Kindergarten for a copy of the minutes and other useful information.