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.

Spaces available now at Clarendon Kindergarten, Grasmere Kindergarten and Fiordland Kindergarten

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: Anna Sutherland, Amanda Bardel, Michelle 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.

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, Elaine Goodsir

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.

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 children in a large space with 3 fully qualified teachers 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

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, Cathy Puna 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.