Kindergartens

We have 23 locations 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.

Elsie Street Kindergarten

Open: Monday to Friday 8.15am – 4.15pm

Session times: Monday to Friday 8.45am – 2.45pm

Address: 6 Elsie Street, Gore 9710

Phone: (03) 208 6575

Email: elsiestreet@ska.co.nz

Teachers: Katrina Blondell, Melissa Rodgers, Shelley Craig, Marcia Adams, Hayley Ebbett

Number of children: 40

Elsie Street Kindergarten is the largest kindergarten in Gore. Our philosophy is to support children with a fun and play-based programme which encourages tuakana-teina (buddy) relationships.

Our natural outdoor environment enables children to explore and challenge themselves. We also have a special focus on active movement and offer planned activities for this.

We have a nature education programme called Nui Ferns, where we take our eldest ten children to Dolamore Park on Tuesdays and Thursdays for exploration and adventures in nature.

We have strong connections and involvement with the local community. Members of the Lions Club visit weekly to read stories to our children and help them look after our vegetable garden. We get involved in community events and are also lucky to receive support from parents, whanau and the local business community for our events, as well as donations of materials and resources.

We also provide support to students studying towards a degree in Early Childhood Teaching.

If you are interested in enrolling your child in Elsie Street Kindergarten, please contact us to make a time to come along to meet our team and see our kindergarten in action. Due to our long waiting list, we recommend you enrol your child on their second birthday.

Longford Kindergarten

Open: Monday to Friday 8.15am – 4.15pm

Session times: Monday to Friday 8.30am – 2.30pm

Address: 11 Vera Street, Gore 9710

Phone: (03) 208 9203

Email: longford@ska.co.nz

Teachers: Megan Hunter, Mandy Tisdall, Alison Brown, Amy Barnett

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

Longford Kindergarten is situated on the same site as Longford Intermediate School.

Our award winning playground features natural environments specifically designed to invite children to make discoveries, provoke wonder, inspire curiosity and to engage them in developing working theories of the world they live in.

Our new building provides a well-designed, well-resourced and inviting indoor environment; our teachers have deliberately arranged the spaces to encourage small and large-group activities.

We value responsive and reciprocal relationships between children, families, teachers and the wider community. We welcome parents and whanau to come along to see what the children are doing and join in with activities at any time.

We offer flexible hours; children can attend for up to six hours a day or just the morning.

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

Oxford Kindergarten

Open: Monday to Friday 8.15am – 4.15pm

Session times: Monday to Friday 8.30am – 2.30pm

Address: 11 Oxford Street, Gore 9710

Phone: (03) 208 4147

Email: oxford.kindy@ska.co.nz

Teachers: Cara Sharp, Sarah Barclay, Jude George

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 Dolomore 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.