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.

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, Casey Grubb, 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.

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, Shelley Robinson

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

Glengarry Kindergarten has a beautiful outdoor environment which physically challenges tamariki and offers opportunities for open ended play.

We are also involved in the nature discovery programme at the Kindergartens South block of land in Myross Bush. This provides an unhurried environment for tamariki to explore, challenge themselves, work as a team and just be in nature.

Relationships are at the core of the kindergarten, with every child and their whanau valued as part of our kindergarten community. We welcome whanau to take part in their child’s learning journey.

Our vision is to empower nga tamariki to become capable and independent learners who love coming to kindy every day.

Grasmere Kindergarten

Open: Monday to Friday 8.00am – 4.00pm

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: Megan Pearson, Tracey Harris, Tania Niven

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

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Grasmere Kindergarten is situated on the corner of Heywood and Paterson streets, just a short distance from Donovan Primary School.

At Grasmere Kindergarten we are proud of providing an inclusive, fun and relaxed environment for our children and families. Our vision is for all children to be encouraged and empowered to take risks and be confident and resilient learners.

Our large, well-resourced outdoor play area offers plenty of space and challenges to support children’s active exploration and physical development. Music, dance and drama are passions of our kaiako/teachers and tamariki and children enjoy engaging in the activities and experiences offered. Playing and learning in these areas supports children as they develop their social and emotional competencies.

We especially value whanaungatangata and the relationships we have with our children, whanau and wider surrounding community.

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

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 Glen, Tammy Acason, Sarah Tecofsky

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

At Kew Kindergarten we are passionate about our tamariki and their play. We believe that when you are having fun you are learning.

We have a spacious, stimulating outdoor environment where there are natural plantings and lots of places to explore. We commit time, resources and awhi/support for our tamariki in play and exploration to extend their ideas, foster their enthusiasm and curiosity, and find answers together.

We have a highly experienced teaching team of varying ages, experiences and knowledge. Our kaiako are dedicated to ensuring that all tamariki and their whanau feel safe, comfortable and valued in our family-friendly learning environment.

Whanau are encouraged to call in at any time and see what we are up to.

We value our community and regularly go for hikoi/walks around our neighbourhood, waving to our whanau, neighbours and their pets along the way. We have also adopted Panton Street Playground as part of the South Alive Clean Up programme.

We are also currently providing opportunities for our whanau and wider community to come and korero/talk with our family co-ordinator, Dot Macara about day to day parenting and how this fits into whanau life.

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

Lees Street Kindergarten

Open: Monday to Friday 8.15am – 4.15pm

Session times: Monday to Friday 8.30am – 2.30pm

Address: 75 Lees Street, Invercargill 9810

Phone: (03) 218 6680

Email: leesstreet@ska.co.nz

Teachers: Helen Jackson, Sally Bailey, Gemma Lynch

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

Lees Street Kindergarten is situated in the residential suburb of Gladstone. We are lucky to have an outside environment that is full of mature trees and exciting resources that challenge children’s imaginations and physical skills.

We recognise the vital role that active movement plays in children’s development and implement a weekly perceptual motor programme (PMP) giving children the opportunity to partake in a variety of physical activities that are vital for developing the brain. We also place importance on verbal communications and interactions.

We have a strong focus on the natural environment and sustainability, and take part in the Enviroschools programme. Children plan, plant, nuture, harvest and cook fresh fruit and vegetables, as well as learning about composting and recycling.

Our Taiao Tuhura/Discovering Nature programme sees children exploring and learning at Kindergartens South’s native bush property in Myross Bush one morning a week.

We are also beginning to implement a music component to our programme, which sees local musicians visiting and teaching us about a variety of different instruments.

Parents and whanau are invited to take part in our learning activities. Our kindergarten is also a great place for parents to meet and network, and we offer family nights and social evenings for parents to meet up.

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