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.

Bluff Kindergarten

Open: Monday, Tuesday and Friday 8.30am – 4.30pm; Wednesday and Thursday 8.30am – 3.45pm

Session times: Monday to Friday 8.45am – 1.45pm

Address: 144 Foyle Street, Bluff 9814

Phone: (03) 212 8674

Email: bluffk@ska.co.nz

Teachers: Jasmine Heads, Jenna Horrell

Play Group: Thursday 9am – 11.30am

Number of children: 20

Bluff Kindergarten is located at the heart of our port town, in close proximity to both local schools. Our catchment area also includes children from the rural surrounds of Bluff.

We pride ourselves in the maori concept of Whanaungatangata (relationships), creating a warm, comfortable environment and mauri for everyone who comes to our kindergarten.

We strive to instil a sense of mana and pride in our tamariki, supporting them to create a sense of wellbeing and identify within the community and whanau, as well as a sense of belonging to their kindergarten.

Whanau and community are central to our philosophy and the programme that we offer.

We believe learning should be an adventure and we strive to provide our tamariki with quality resources and an ever-changing stimulating environment to learn in. We also incorporate current technology to guide and support our practice.

We run a playgroup on Thursday mornings which is open to all families with pre-schoolers.

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

Drummond Kindergarten

Open: Monday to Friday 9.00am – 4.45pm

Session times: Monday to Friday 9.00am – 2.00pm

Address: Domain Road, Drummond RD3, Otautau 9683

Phone: (03) 236 2828

Email: drummondk@ska.co.nz

Teachers: Ginny Cowie, Rachel Adam, Tania Radka, Bridget Robinson

Number of children: 30

At Drummond Kindergarten we embrace our rural location and embrace our natural environment in all areas of our programme.

Our teaching team are committed to providing a welcoming, fun, relaxed and nurturing environment rich in positive interactions.

We encourage children to have fun and to be socially competent, independent and capable decision makers confident in their abilities to communicate and interact with others. Children are empowered to have a positive attitude towards learning; they are challenged to think creatively, ask questions and make decisions that will promote learning and provoke enquiry.

Our art room is a dedicated creative space where children can be creative, hands-on learners. In the art room children have the opportunity to express themselves, take risks, problem solve and to create and revisit their creations with the support and encouragement of teachers, following the Reggio Emilia approach.

We value the input of our community and offer many opportunities for families and whanau to contribute to their child’s learning.

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

Fiordland Kindergarten

Open: Monday to Friday 8.30am – 4.30pm

Session times: Monday to Friday 8.45am – 2.45pm

Address: 9 Gunn Street, Te Anau 9600

Phone: (03) 249 7585

Email: fiordland@ska.co.nz

Teachers: Tracey Braven, Claire Maley-Shaw, John Carter, Jenny Tapsell

Fiordland Kindergarten is an integral part of the Te Anau community. We provide a friendly, relaxed and welcoming meeting place for families to establish relationships, have a voice and be involved.

Our aim is to develop happy, social, enquiring, empathetic children who are motivated to learn.

Our indoor and outdoor environments are places for exploration and learning, incorporating natural materials reflective of where we live.

We teach children to value and respect To Matou Wahi Ahi Kaa/Our Special Place including its people, its history and the natural environment. Through this they develop a sense of pride and belonging.

We use the wider community to help implement this learning, inviting members of the community to visit us and getting out into the community to interact and explore outside the classroom.

We encourage children to express the knowledge they have gained through dramatic play and artwork.

Technology is integrated within our programmes, and used to link children with their families and the wider world through blogging, skyping and emails.

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

Longbush Rural Kindergarten

Open: Monday to Friday 8.15am - 4.15pm

Session times: Monday to Friday 8.30am – 2.30pm

Address: Longbush Road, RD1, Invercargill 9871

Phone: (03) 231 3148

Email: longbush@ska.co.nz

Teachers: Jo Wilks, Sarah-Lee Bragg, Jim O'Hara

Number of children: 30

Longbush Kindergarten is situated 10 minutes from Invercargill in a rural setting.

We are fortunate to have land with trees and grassy areas attached to our kindergarten where tamariki / children are able to build strong ecological identities and are able to make connections from home.

Tamariki and kaiako / teachers are intentionally unhurried and are given time to notice, marvel, question and wonder about their world especially in nature. Tamariki are viewed as kaitiaki / guardians of the kindergarten and are supported to carry out this role. Tamariki show genuine empathy for the living world, each other and all animals in their care.

Tamariki have access to materials that support deeper thinking and expression of ideas. All cultures of our kindergarten are celebrated and shared.

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

Riverton Kindergarten

Open: Monday to Friday 8.30am – 4.30pm

Session times: Monday to Friday 8.30am – 1.30pm

Address: 120 Havelock Street, Riverton 9822

Phone: (03) 234 8224

Email: rivertonkindy@ska.co.nz

Teachers: Kathy Hollings, Marie Leti, Carey Fraser

Play Group: Monday 9.30am - 11.30am

Number of children: 20

At Riverton Kindergarten we value relationships, learning together and using conversations to connect us. We encourage children to be active, confident explorers, solve problems and make decisions.

Our smaller group size of just 20 children ensures all children have space and time for exploration.

Community involvement is important to us; we encourage our community to be involved with the kindergarten and we involve our children with the wider community.

We use local resources such as the museum and seashore within our programme. Wherever possible we incorporate what is happening in the community with our learning.

Parents and visitors are welcome to join in with us at kindergarten and on excursions. We also offer a playgroup on Mondays where parents and children who are looking to join us can come along to be part of the kindergarten in action.

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