Kindergartens

We have 23 kindergartens throughout Southland placed at the heart of rural and urban communities.

We work hard to ensure all children at every kindergarten experience the best teaching and learning environments.

Our kindergarten locations are listed below.

Spaces available now at Bluff, Clarendon, Grasmere, Kew, Newfield, Ranui, Rockdale, The Cottage, Waikiwi

Northern Southland Kindergarten

Open: Monday to Friday 8.15am – 4.45pm

Session times: Monday to Friday 8.45am – 2.45pm

Address: 4 Helena Street, Lumsden

Phone: 0272975929

Email: northern.southland@ska.co.nz

Teachers: Sarah Nicholson, Aroha Rogerson, Loren Miller

Number of children: 30/20

Northern Southland Kindergarten is our newest kindergarten opened January 2022, situated in Lumsden, the heart of Northern Southland.

Our fully trained ECE teachers/kaiako deliver Early Child Education to rural and urban children/tamariki and their families/whanau in an attractive, well resourced environment.

Our kindergarten operates a full year model and we only close for an extended break over the Christmas/New Year period.

To find out more and arrange a time to meet our friendly team, please contact us.

Otatara Kindergarten

Open: Monday to Friday 8.15am – 4.15pm

Session times: Monday to Friday 8.40am – 2.40pm

Address: 140 Dunns Road, RD9, Invercargill 9879

Phone: (03) 213 0737

Email: otatarak@ska.co.nz

Teachers: Janine Templeton, Anna-Leigh Duncan, Jena Pearson, Sarah Hamilton

Play Group: Wednesday 9am - 11.30am

Number of children: 30 in the morning, 20 in the afternoon

Kia Ora Koutou, Otatara Kindergarten is located on-site at the local primary school, which means we have a strong relationship and get involved in weekly kapa haka sessions with the new entrant class and Jump Jam in the community hall with the whole school. We have an excellent transition to school process as the majority of our tamariki go to Otatara School next door.

As we are an Enviroschool kindergarten, we believe in promoting sustainable environmental practices. We value manaakitanga, which is the ways we care for people, places and things, in a nurturing, caring, friendly, environmentally aware manner.

We respect both parties of Ti Tiriti o Waitangi and we include te reo, waiata, and tikanga within our environment and practices.

We also run a playgroup on Wednesday mornings, where children and whanau can come along and get to know us before they start kindergarten.

Our kindergarten operates a full year model and only closes for three weeks over the Christmas/New Year period.

To find out more and arrange a time to meet our friendly team, please contact us.

Our own Place for Discovering Nature – Taiao Tuhura

Address: Myross Road, Myross Bush, Invercargill

Email: myrossroad@ska.co.nz

Teachers: Kevin Lacey

Aligned to our strategic goals, we have an emphasis on nature and have programmes within our kindergarten days called Nature Discovery. In these programmes, small groups of children/tamariki go out on a regular basis to play in and with nature at local parks and reserves.

Our Board of Governors is committed to providing these programmes for our tamariki and to further enhance this we have recently purchased our own section of land. We are really pleased to have found our own place for Nature Discovery in Myross Bush, which includes part of the Kerr’s Bush native reserve.

Doing what kids have done for centuries – playing with nature, climbing trees, splashing in puddles, making mud cakes and caring for one another – builds resilience, cooperation, perseverance, playfulness and risk taking.

Our Nature Discovery programmes require whanau involvement for tamariki to participate and parents love it, especially the Dads.

We believe this is the very best use of our resources and that we are preparing our tamariki to become the citizens of the future, who will help protect the environment and our communities for healthy, happy tamariki and whanau of the future.

Oxford Kindergarten

Open: Monday to Friday 8.15am – 4.15pm

Session times: Monday to Friday 8.30am – 2.30pm

Address: 16 Oxford Street, Gore 9710

Phone: (03) 208 4147

Email: oxford.kindy@ska.co.nz

Teachers: Katrina Blondell, Sarah Barclay, Hayley MacMillan

Number of children: 30 in the morning, 20 in the afternoon

At Oxford Kindergarten we love to have fun! We offer interesting, natural spaces for children to explore and investigate, providing an unhurried and relaxed environment for them to develop confident and competent learners.

We are passionate about the community of Gore and regularly plan excursions to provide opportunities for learning outside the classroom. Recent outings have included visiting the Windsor Park Rest Home, attending a basketball game, taking part in the Christmas Parade and visiting local primary schools.

We also make annual trips to visit Dolamore Park and the Mataura River where children can make connections with their everyday learning within the natural environment.

Relationships with whanau/family are integral to our kindergarten. We are lucky to have a diverse range of urban and rural families attending, and their identities and culture are reflected throughout the kindergarten. We love to involve families in our programme and hold family nights each term, regular family excursions and informal chats on a daily basis.

Flexible spaces for attendance are available, with options for children to be at kindergarten all day or just for the morning.

To find out more and arrange a time to meet our friendly team, please contact us.

Ranui Kindergarten

Open: Monday to Friday 8.15am – 4.15pm

Session times: Monday to Friday 8.30am – 2.45pm

Address: 288 Nelson Street, Invercargill 9812

Phone: (03) 216 9355

Email: ranuik@ska.co.nz

Teachers: Pagan Sullivan, Carey Corkery, Bevan Simpson

Play Group: Friday 9.30am - 11.30am

Number of children: 30 in the morning, 20 in the afternoon

The Ranui Kindergarten philosophy is built on the Maori concepts of manaakitanga (care) and whanaungatanga (family relationships). We are passionate about creating a sense of community where everyone knows and supports each other. We strive to make everyone feel welcome as soon as they walk through the gate.

Our large, safe outdoor area provides space for tamariki to play and explore.

We have a strong focus on the health and wellbeing of tamariki and whanau. We have a Healthy Heart award and promote healthy kai in children’s lunch boxes. All tamariki brush their teeth after lunch. On Wednesday mornings we hold a circuit session so children can get active and moving.

Whanau are an important part of our kindergarten community and are encouraged to take part in experiences with their tamariki. We host a playgroup/coffee group on Friday mornings where anyone in our community who has pre-schoolers or children currently enrolled can come along and spend time getting to know each other and the kindergarten. We have an open door policy for pre-entry visits where you can come as often as suits you and your child.

On Fridays the ten eldest tamariki “go bush” with the Nature Discovery programme at Myross Road, which is a privilege they thoroughly enjoy. We are also working towards becoming an Enviroschool, demonstrating our commitment to sustainable practices and nurturing our land.

Our kindergarten operates a full year model and only closes for an extended break over the Christmas/New Year period.

To find out more about us and to arrange a time to meet our friendly team please contact us or pop in.