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.

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.

Lindisfarne Kindergarten

Open: Monday to Friday 8.00am – 4.00pm

Session times: Monday to Friday 8.30am – 2.30pm

Address: 34 Mitchell Street, Invercargill 9810

Phone: (03) 217 9467

Email: lindis@ska.co.nz

Teachers: Jocelyn Hinton, Gil Berg, Paula Smith

Play Group: Thursday 10am - 11.30am

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

Lindisfarne Kindergarten has been a focal point of the local community since 1939. We consider ourselves lucky to be part of a wonderfully supportive and diverse community, with many different nationalities represented.

We have a fantastic outdoor environment with room to run, scoot, bike and climb, a wilderness area for imaginative play, and native bush area next door which invites a range of native bird life for children to see and hear.

Our indoor space includes a project room which is themed to represent our latest project of interest, such as an undersea world or a whare with native vegetation.

We regularly get out for walks in the community to explore and observe our wider world.

Our passion for the arts means we offer a broad range of art activities and regularly invite artists and dramatists to share their talents with our children. We also utilise the facilities of the Southland Museum and the City Art Gallery for this.

We provide a range of opportunities for families and the wider community to be involved, including a themed family night each term (with themes such as PJs, fish and chips, multi-cultural dinner, mid-winter outing and hangi), a monthly Saturday craft day and shared lunch and an annual market day. We also apply to the ILT for funding to run a first aid course every second year for families, in partnership with Newfield Kindergarten.

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

Newfield Kindergarten

Open: 8.15am – 4.15pm Monday to Friday

Session times: 8.30am – 2.30pm Monday to Friday

Address: 150 Centre Street, Invercargill 9812

Phone: (03) 216 8743

Email: newfieldk@ska.co.nz

Teachers: Tessa Purdue, Elaine Goodsir, Casey Nelson, Rebecca Hansen

Play Group: Wednesday 1pm – 2.30pm

At Newfield Kindergarten we treasure our children and the families they belong to. We call ourselves a kindergarten family and focus on creating a warm and nurturing environment, with love and care shown in our teaching.

We focus on building a close relationship with each child so that we can find the right paths to excite them about their learning. We specialise in social and emotional competence learning.

Our large, exciting native outdoor playground presents lots of challenges for children in their play. We focus on play that leads children to be challenged, creative, innovative, socially skilled and happy individuals.

As an Enviroschools and Healthy Heart kindergarten, we promote sustainable living practices and environmental education.

Our family whanau room is a hub for connecting families and sharing the journey of being parents of pre-schoolers. It is used for coffee mornings and afernoons, social gatherings, guest speakers and just generally catching up.

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

Otatara Kindergarten

Open: Monday to Friday 8.15am – 4.15pm

Session times: Monday to Friday 8.40am – 2.40pm

Address: 140 Dunns Road, RD9, Invercargill 9879

Phone: (03) 213 0737

Email: otatarak@ska.co.nz

Teachers: Shelley Matheson, Kim Hansen, Anna-Leigh Duncan, Sarah Hamilton

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

Otatara Kindergarten is located in the heart of the community, situated on-site at the local primary school.

This close proximity means we have a strong relationship with the school and get involved in weekly kapa haka sessions with the new entrant class and Jump Jam in the community hall with the whole school. We also offer an excellent transition to school programme.

We are fortunate to have a unique environment with a backdrop of native bush and we use this for our Nature Discovery Programme where children learn and play in nature.

Our teachers are passionate about research on children’s brain development and we align ourselves to the philosophy of Reggio Emilia and the 100 languages of children.

We encourage and welcome whanau participation in daily active movement sessions and frequent family evenings.

Share places are available on our roll, which give families the opportunity to choose the hours at kindergarten that best suit them.

We also run a playgroup on Wednesday mornings, where children and whanau can come along and get to know us before they start kindergarten.

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

Ranui Kindergarten

Open: Monday to Friday 8.15am – 4.15pm

Session times: Monday to Friday 8.30am – 2.30pm

Address: 288 Nelson Street, Invercargill 9812

Phone: (03) 216 9355

Email: ranuik@ska.co.nz

Teachers: Carey Corkery, Bevan Simpson, Mel McKerchar

Play Group: Friday 9.30am - 11.30am

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

The Ranui Kindergarten philosophy is built on the Maori concepts of manaakitanga (care) and whanaungatanga (family relationships). We are passionate about creating a sense of community where everyone knows and supports each other. We strive to make everyone feel welcome as soon as they walk through the gate.

Our large, safe outdoor area provides space for tamariki to play and explore.

We have a strong focus on the health and wellbeing of tamariki and whanau. We have a Healthy Heart award and promote healthy kai in children’s lunch boxes. All tamariki brush their teeth after lunch. On Wednesday mornings we hold a circuit session so children can get active and moving.

Whanau are an important part of our kindergarten community and are encouraged to take part in experiences with their tamariki. We host a playgroup/coffee group on Friday mornings where anyone in our community who has pre-schoolers or children currently enrolled can come along and spend time getting to know each other and the kindergarten. We have an open door policy for pre-entry visits where you can come as often as suits you and your child.

On Fridays the ten eldest tamariki “go bush” with the Nature Discovery programme at Myross Road, which is a privilege they thoroughly enjoy. We are also working towards becoming an Enviroschool, demonstrating our commitment to sustainable practices and nurturing our land.

To find out more about us and to arrange a time to meet our friendly team please contact us or pop in.