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.

Our own Place for Discovering Nature – Taiao Tuhura

Address: Myross Road, Myross Bush, Invercargill

Email: myrossroad@ska.co.nz

Teachers: Kevin Lacey

Aligned to our strategic goals, we have an emphasis on nature and have programmes within our kindergarten days called Nature Discovery. In these programmes, small groups of children go out on a weekly basis to play in and with nature at local parks and reserves.

Our Board of Governors is committed to providing these programmes for our children and to further enhance this we have recently purchased our own section of land. We are really pleased to have found our own place for Nature Discovery in Myross Bush, which includes part of the Kerr’s Bush native reserve.

Doing what kids have done for centuries – playing with nature, climbing trees, splashing in puddles, making mud cakes and caring for one another – builds resilience, cooperation, perseverance, playfulness and risk taking.

Our Nature Discovery programmes require whanau involvement for children to participate and parents love it, especially the Dads.

We believe this is the very best use of our resources and that we are preparing our children to become the citizens of the future, who will help protect the environment and our communities for healthy, happy children and families of the future.

Oxford Kindergarten

Open: Monday to Friday 8.15am – 4.15pm

Session times: Monday to Friday 8.30am – 2.30pm

Address: 16 Oxford Street, Gore 9710

Phone: (03) 208 4147

Email: oxford.kindy@ska.co.nz

Teachers: Katrina Blondell, Sarah Barclay, Hayley MacMillan

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

At Oxford Kindergarten we love to have fun! We offer interesting, natural spaces for children to explore and investigate, providing an unhurried and relaxed environment for them to develop confident and competent learners.

We are passionate about the community of Gore and regularly plan excursions to provide opportunities for learning outside the classroom. Recent outings have included visiting the Windsor Park Rest Home, attending a basketball game, taking part in the Christmas Parade and visiting local primary schools.

We also make annual trips to visit Dolomore Park and the Mataura River where children can make connections with their everyday learning within the natural environment.

Relationships with whanau/family are integral to our kindergarten. We are lucky to have a diverse range of urban and rural families attending, and their identities and culture are reflected throughout the kindergarten. We love to involve families in our programme and hold family nights each term, regular family excursions and informal chats on a daily basis.

Flexible spaces for attendance are available, with options for children to be at kindergarten all day or just for the morning.

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.

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 Millar

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.

Rockdale Park Kindergarten

Open: Monday to Friday 8.15am – 4.15pm

Session times: Monday to Friday 8.30am – 2.30pm

Address: 18 Farrar Street, Invercargill 9812

Phone: (03) 216 0011

Email: rockdale@ska.co.nz

Teachers: Tracey Blackburn, Leonelle Springford, Alli Hickey

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

At Rockdale Park Kindergarten we endeavour to help children/tamariki to develop a true sense of belonging and ownership through respecting diversity and fostering relationships with each other.

In partnership with whanau, we aspire for akonga/learners to develop a strong sense of mana and become confident, competent explorers, problem solvers, decision makers and creators. Children’s sense of wonder, curiosity and creativity is fostered so they can explore and question their world safely and confidently.

We run an AWOL (Away Walking our Land) programme every Thursday, where two teachers and eight children venture out into the community. AWOL trips include exploring a local forest, trips to the local Four Square for supplies or Diacks for plants and visits to local primary and secondary schools.

We are passionate about our community and we enjoy getting everyone together for special events. We often participate in local cultural events such as Polyfest and value the contribution families and community make towards these occasions.

Our Wednesday morning playgroup is a great opportunity for children and whanau to come along and get to know us before they start kindergarten. We also encourage whanau and friends of current kindergarten children to visit and join in our activities at any time.

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