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

Clarendon Kindergarten

Open: Monday - Thursday 8.15am - 4.15pm, Friday 8.15am - 2.45pm

Session times: Monday to Friday 8.30am – 1.30pm

Address: 30 Waiau Place, Invercargill 9812

Phone: (03) 216 9664

Email: clarendonk@ska.co.nz

Teachers: Theresa Lavelle, Colleen Peterson

Number of children: 20

Clarendon Kindergarten is situated south of Southland Hospital bordering on the old Clarendon School site.

We pride ourselves on offering a warm, welcoming environment where cultural diversity is celebrated. Whanau are encouraged to come along and join in our sessions at any time.

We have a large, exciting outdoor play area for tamariki to play in and explore.

Our daily session also includes a supplied morning tea and lunch for the tamariki each day, paid for out of our targeted funding. This fund also pays the fees for all excursions we go on and the purchase of extra equipment for our kindergarten.

We have no waiting list and have spaces available now.

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

Elston Lea Kindergarten

Open: Monday to Friday 8.15am – 4.15pm

Session times: Monday to Friday 8.30am – 2.30pm

Address: 40 Iona Court, Invercargill 9812

Phone: (03) 216 8801

Email: elstonleak@ska.co.nz

Teachers: Amanda Bardel, Michelle Carroll, Catherine Carroll

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

Elston Lea Kindergarten has a large park-like playground which encourages children’s imaginations, physical fitness and social skills. Being surrounded in beautiful plants and native birds helps them to learn about nature and how to care for it.

We have a strong focus on healthy eating. Children grow vegetables in our veggie garden and tunnel house, and then make their own food each day as part of our baking programme. These initiatives have seen us awarded the highest level of the Healthy Heart Award.

We also provide an art-rich programme where all children are encouraged to extend their creativity through both visual arts and music.

Our teachers have all participated in the Incredible Years programme and use the philosophies from this to ensure the best possible outcomes for all our tamariki. We are inspired by the preschools of Reggio Emilia and see children as competent, confident learners who explore and discover the world in groups.

We have families/whanau from many different cultures and are passionate about making these cultures part of our place.

Parents and whanau are most welcome to visit at any time and see what happens at our kindergarten.

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

Glengarry Kindergarten

Open: 8.15am - 4.15pm

Session times: 8.30am – 2.30pm Monday to Friday

Address: 116 Derwent Crescent, Invercargill 9810

Phone: (03) 217 4461

Email: glengarryk@ska.co.nz

Teachers: Carly Ashford, Sonia Leonard, Kristy Forsyth

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

Whanaungatanga and Manaakitanga are an integral part of Glengarry Kindergarten. Our vision is of Mahi Tahi where together we learn, we move forward collaboratively and can become more powerful together.

Glengarry Kindergarten is a silver award Enviroschool. We place a sustainable lens over our learning and teaching and have an orchard, vegetable gardens, tunnel house, hens and leaf-cutter bees.

We are involved in the Nature Discovery programme at Myross Bush where tamariki enjoy an unhurried time learning in nature.

We also plan regular visits for small groups of tamariki within the community and aim to be an active part of our neighbourhood.

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

Grasmere Kindergarten

Open: Monday to Friday 8.15am – 4.15pm

Session times: Monday to Friday 8.30am – 2.30pm

Address: 90 Heywood Street, Invercargill 9810

Phone: (03) 215 9292

Email: grasmerek@ska.co.nz

Teachers: Marie Millar, Tania Niven, Tracey Harris

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

The kaiako/teachers see the learning of the tamariki/children as a collective effort between the kindergarten, the whānau and the community. We understand it takes a village to “raise” a child and truly value all the input our ngā whanau/families put into the kindergarten and their tamaiti/child’s learning.

Our outdoor environment is large, spacious, and natural enabling opportunities of endless learning. A relaxed but fun and engaging place where tamariki are encouraged to take risks and challenge themselves building their resilience, co-construction and problem-solving learning. Our indoor environment is warm and inviting with plenty of space for tamariki to learn, imagine, wonder, and create. We have up to 30 tamariki in a large space with 3 fully qualified kaiako providing quality education. We are well resourced and take pride in purchasing high quality resources for tamariki to experience and learn, making life-long memories. We are part of the Taiao Tuhura/Discovering Nature programme which sees children exploring and learning in nature.

Our Learning environment is fun, engaging and fosters respectful relationships through a sense of aroha. A place where culture and language are valued, and self-identity is enhanced for all. A diverse range of cultures within our kindergarten enriches the learning for everyone. We embrace diversity and the uniqueness that comes with it. We want our tamariki to leave kindergarten with a very strong positive view of themselves as learners and a person. Someone who shows kindness and compassion to others and has a good understanding of their own and others social and emotional well-being.

We invite you to pop in at any time so you get a true sense of who we are and what we can offer or if you prefer you can also ring or email to ask any questions you may have.

Kew Kindergarten

Open: Monday to Friday 8.15am – 4.15pm

Session times: Monday to Friday 8.30am – 2.30pm

Address: 51 Selwyn Street, Invercargill 9812

Phone: (03) 218 4243

Email: kewk@ska.co.nz

Teachers: Alana Beckett, Tammy Acason, Mel McKerchar

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

Kawa is the routine, rituals & protocols that makes Kew Kindergarten Kew. It is our Bucket Filling - kind things we say, kind things we do. It is Mana reo/communication – expressing ourselves using all our senses as well as the arts & active movement. It is enviro-school kaupapa - looking after ourselves, each other & our kindergarten.

Kew Kawa is about learning & having fun together. It is laughing, being helpful if someone is hurt & keeping our kindy ataahua. It is about being kind & welcoming, ensuring that everyone has a great time at Kew & can be the best they can be. Kew Kawa is about social & emotional competencies, we want everyone to see, hear & feel kindness with the highest learning potential.

That’s the Kew Kawa.

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