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. We value social competency where children’s exploration of the natural environment encourages them to be active in their imagination, self- direction and explore and extend their strengths and interests.
Through good communication with parents/whanau and the local community, a strong partnership is developed.
We see the children as capable and competent. We are responsive to diversity. All children are valued and supported in their unique learning journey, where their potential is recognised and responded to as individuals and 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 opportunities and possibilities to promote children’s interests and learning dispositions. We see ourselves as leaders within our learning community, where we take responsibility, acting as role models for citizenship. We draw on each other’s strengths (both children’s and teachers) to promote the best learning outcomes for all children.
Our curriculum is woven through our everyday experiences, reflects the principles of Te Whariki and our commitment to creating and maintaining a unique bi-cultural, sustainable environment that reflects Aotearoa New Zealand.
Our Mission Statement
Nurturing a passion for lifelong discovery and learning.
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 2015
TERM 1 22nd January - 2nd April
TERM 2 20th April - 3rd July
TERM 3 20th July - 25th September
TERM 4 12th October - 21st 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)
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.