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 Fiordland Kindergarten and Ranui Kindergarten

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


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


Teachers: Paula Smith, Jocelyn Hinton, Shelley Matheson

Play Group: Thursday 10am - 11.30am

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

Lindisfarne Kindergarten is in a long-established residential area which is centrally located to the city. Our kindergarten consists of a rich, diverse multi-cultural blend of tamariki and whānau.

We strive to encompass and reflect the importance and care of each other through respect and kindness. Valuing our environment and learning ways in which we can all collectively care for Papatūānuku (Mother earth). As an Enviroschool we respect the kaupapa that goes with this, learning for sustainability, empowering our tamariki, and encouraging sustainable communities.

We have a large spacious outside play area/environment providing ample space to explore, be involved and engage with nature. Our indoor area offers many different spaces of play including a project room which is themed to represent our latest project of interest or focus learning.

We have a PMP (Perceptual Movement Programme) which supports and encourages nga tamariki to build confidence and strength in their own physical capabilities, this takes place weekly.

We provide a range of opportunities for families and the wider community to be involved, including themed family nights (with themes such as PJs, fish and chips, multi-cultural dinner, mid-winter outings), a termly Saturday craft day and an annual market day, sharing our whānau and community craft/art talents.

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


Teachers: Tessa McCosh, Elaine Goodsir, Rebecca Hansen, Ilana Edlin

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


Teachers: Janine Templeton, 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


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.