"As parents of twins starting kindergarten, we had concerns about our children being treated as individuals, whilst still having the bond between twins fostered. It was immediately apparent to us that we had no cause for concern at Eskview Kindergarten, as the dedication and professionalism of the teachers made sure our children were cared for in every way. We have been amazed at the commitment and genuine love that comes from the teachers at Eskview. Our children settled quickly at kindergarten, and not only enjoy going but have flourished and grown in so many ways. The teachers at Eskview seem to enjoy teaching and it is a great relief as a parent to leave your children somewhere that you feel they will be not only looked after, but cared for and loved. The Kindergarten has great facilities allowing children to learn and develop at a speed that suits them, whilst being encouraged along the way. It caters for a huge range of different interests that the children may have, and our children have come home at times as little barrels of information! We feel part of the community of Eskview Kindergarten, and can not recommend it highly enough to anyone considering sending their child there." Duane and Niki Knowles (Parent, November 2009)
"Children are able to make choices. The teachers set limits within which children feel safe and able to explore and achieve whatever they set their mind to. They are genuinely loved. The individual personalities of my children are celebrated and nurtured. The teachers encourage my children to think humanely, to consider others, to consider the world around them and to consider our community and tangata whenua.My children's worlds are enriched with experiences that extend beyond the kindergarten boundaries.Each night when I turn on the news, I am reminded how critical the emotional, physical and spiritual safety of my children is. When my children come to Eskveiw Kindergarten I know they are cared for in each of these ways.I trust the teachers explicitly and feel grateful that our family is so woven into the Kindergarten fabric."
We are so glad we chose Marewa Kindergarten. The teachers seem to know our daughter so well and really encourage her development as an individual and as a social being within a group. Our daughter is very imaginative, lively and sensitive and her ‘fantasies’ are always embraced and extended with genuine enthusiasm and there are plenty of wonderful resources to stimulate her inquisitive mind! We love seeing her grow in confidence and relish sharing her many kindy experiences with us. We believe the teachers’ wealth of experience, in particular, their calm, considered and genuine modelling of positive relationships in which each person (including us as parents) feels valued, is the key to the emotionally stable environment the kindy provides - the kind of environment which promotes a great base for lifelong learning! The best reward for us is having a happy, engaged and confident girl who looks forward to going to ‘her kindy’ every day. P. Robertshaw and M.Bucheler, parents, June 2012
I love Marewa Kindergarten. Teachers are truly lovely, caring, considerate, and have a wealth of expertise and experience in early childhood development and education. My son, who is now four and a half years old, has benefited enormously by attending Marewa Kindergarten. He started a month before he turned three, settling in quickly, and truly loves coming to kindy to play with his friends, have fun and learn. Marewa Kindergarten offers a very positive, philosophically sound play and learning environment for children. It is also multicultural, which has manifested itself in my son singing ‘twinkle twinkle little star” in Japanese, and our national anthem in te reo Maori, and can even practice his German with one of the teachers.
My daughter, who turns three in one month’s time has just started kindy, loves to come and has fitted in very quickly. Teachers have been very accommodating towards my individual situation, tailoring a programme of attendance for my daughter based on my needs as a single father, who does not drive, and with two children in two different age groups.
I can only speak very highly of Anne, Kay, Madoka, Karen, Tash and Tangi. They do an awesome job, and this shows in the children they teach and care for. David Jujnovich, parent, June 2012
I have 4 children, all went to Marewa Kindy. In this time I have found the knowledge that they have gained has been outstanding. My oldest Zane, now 19years, learnt to stop look and listen -he so needed to know these as he was a full on child! My second son Zak, was a shy cuddly boy Kindy taught him to have pride in what he does and gave him the most amazing self-confidence, to now seek the highest in all he does. My 3rd boy Toby, learnt how to climb and take turns, he learnt his abc’s and to count 1 to 10 before he started school. It also taught him trust, rules an guidelines and this skill has taken him a long way, as now shop owners want to hire him to work at age 12 due to this skill. Wonderfully now my wee girl, number 4, Lillyapple is there. Wow she has learnt to walk not run, take turns, painting, rainbows, reading, talking, learnt to make her own sandwich, pour her own drink, how to say hi and bye, how to ask for things, even how to do things safely. I have noticed a huge change in my wee girl since she started Kindy but this is only thanks to the outstanding teachers and their wonderful time, skill and patience they have, you can really see the care and love for the children. Thanks heaps, Blue Tiger. Parent, June 2012
To Anne and Team,
There are not enough words to thank you and the team, for all the kindness and consideration and support you have shown at a very vulnerable stage in Sophia's development. I always felt that I had backup when I found myself in an unexpected position of caring for my granddaughter after the death of her mother. Even though it was expected, it still came as a shock.
It was a bit like getting back on a bike again, with your team as the training wheels.
I would recommend the Marewa Kindy to everyone, especially Grandparents dropped in the deep-end. June 2012
Our son transferred from another kindergaten at the beginning of this year and has settled in very well. The staff have been very welcoming and friendly. Their caring nature has made the transition smooth and our child continues to enjoy his kindergarten experience at Marewa. It has been great to see his confidence grow and we look forward to our second child starting soon. L Beale, Parent, May 2011Marewa Kindergarten has provided my 3 year old Ryan with more than enough to satisfy a curious mind. There’s a broad range of activities which helps pre-schoolers to build confidence and develop skills allowing an easier transition into primary school.The environment is happy and welcoming with a real feeling of community spirit. I have watched my son gain confidence during the time he has been there. Thanks to the teachers for nurturing the children and helping them feel valued. My 2 year old son also seems very enthusiastic to start kindy. Therefore I’m positive he will settle in as easily as his Brother did. S Gilbert, Parent, April 2011
My three year old son (William) has recently transferred to Marewa Kindergarten and he’s loving it. The teachers are great; really helpful and encouraging. The grounds and buildings are well kept so you know the kids have a safe place in which to have fun, burn energy and learn. My daughter is a few years away from kindy age but she will definitely be going to Marewa kindy.S Higginson, Parent, April 2011Mary Richmond Kindergarten:
"My daughter LOVED her two years at kindy. You all taught her the tools she needs for school and life!" Maryse M, parent, February 2010.
" Thank you for the nurturing and educating of our 3rd child. He has had two fabulous years and will miss kindergarten immensely. He is well prepared for school." Heidi (parent), Feb 2012
"Pirimai Kindy was recommended to us by a friend who had her son there. We are so impressed with Pirimai Kindy. Our son absolutely loves going there. The staff are amazing, they go the extra mile to support our son (and all the children). They are professional, approachable, kind wonderful teachers. I could not think of a better place for our son to start his education. The hours are great, facilities are fantastic with a great environment. The kids are happy and thriving."Rachel Berkhan (Parent), Nov 2012.
"I’ve had four children attend Pirimai kindy. The whanau program is such a wonderful environment; my grandson is now enrolled at Pirimai kindergarten.“ Ellen A ,parent, Feb 2010“My sometimes anxious son has progressively become more confident at Kindergarten thanks to the support and understanding of his teachers. Teachers have been creative in drawing out his personality and he feels a strong sense of pride in ‘his kindy”’. As I watch him play happily with his friends and teachers I could not be happier with our experience at Pirimai Kindergarten.” R Clark, Parent, February 2010
"I have been very happy with the wonderful program at Pirimai Kindergarten. I have sent both of our children and have found that is a comfortable environment, the materials are engaging, the curriculum is enriching, and most importantly, the teachers are outstanding. I highly recommend Pirimai Kindergarten to any family looking for a high-quality, friendly, Kindergarten." - Rochelle S parent Pirimai Kindergarten 19 Nov 2009.
"My child has learnt so much since joining Pirimai kindergarten. It’s such a happy and loving environment, even my two year old feels at home there. I can't speak more highly of the teachers, they are such wonderful loving caring people” L.J. Parent, 23 Nov 2009.
“Both my children love their time at Pirimai kindergarten. The wonderful teaching team are nurturing and provide rich learning experiences and a real sense of community. The kindergarten is a part of our extended family.” M. Bowie Parent, 5 May 2010
"Riversdale Kindergarten has been a great experience for our whole family. Both of my children have attended and have really enjoyed their experience. My daughter currently attends the kindy. One of her favourite things to do is play with her friends in the family corner where they have everything to play with from dress ups to cooking and setting the table. There is a wide variety of activities for the children to try, from woodwork, music, e - books and the everyday things sandpit, painting, swings, slides and much more. The teachers are friendly and approachable, they are happy to help you and your child however they can. One aspect of teaching that I really like is that they let the children learn at their own pace yet guide them with whatever they are doing encouraging them along the way. I am happy to recommend Riversdale Kindergarten to anyone that is looking for a great place to send their child." Andrea W (Parent, 2010).
“With my second son now attending Riversdale Kindy, again we see the friendliness and caring of the staff, an aspect that made it a memorable time for my first son.” Melanie Cole, parent, Feb 2010
'My son has been attending Tamatea Kindergarten since May of this year. First at the afternoon session, now at morning. Knowing he had never been left in a day care or any other form of care, other than family, he was a bit worried of being without Mum. But the teachers and staff are so caring and welcoming that from the first day of attending I knew I’d made the right choice of Kindy for my son. The staff are wonderful, the activities are fun, they have a great outdoor area and I feel secure knowing I’ve left my son in good care to grow, learn and achieve.
So thank you Tamatea Kindy for making me and my son and family ‘happy little campers’. M. Dallimore, Parent, December 2010.
'My son Devon loves attending Tamatea Kindergarten. The teachers have always made us feel welcome. Tamatea Kindergarten provides a safe and fun environment for all children to learn and grow. I would recommend Tamatea Kindergarten to any parent and with young children.'
T. Williams, Parent December 2010.
'Tamatea Kindergarten is a warm, caring environment for children to grow and explore life. An excellent place for kids to be kids and learn along the way. The teachers make everyone feel welcome, like you are part of a big family, and the children thrive in the environment. No one can ask for more. Thank you Tamatea Kindy for giving my children the best possible start to their preschool learning. It’s much appreciated.'
S. Anderson, Parent, December 2010.
“Thank you so much for giving my child so many wonderful experiences at you Kindergarten. He has loved it.” Kaleigh S, parent, Tamatea Kindergarten. Nov 2009.
“Thank you for the love and support that you have shown us over the time we have been here. Heather G, parent, Nov 2009.
“Thank you so much for all the love, care and encouragement you have given Emily during her time at kindy. She has learnt and developed so much through her learning and role playing at kindy” Sandra D, parent, Nov 2009.
“Thank you for helping to build her confidence, for your inspired teaching, the sound morals and the fun and nurturing environment you provide” Sarah C, parent, Nov 2009
Dear Karen and Team
I sit here and try to put my thoughts of gratitude into words and it just seems like it is not enough. We dropped Febe off almost 2 years ago, uncertain of how it all would go, today we look back and want to say thank you for the amazing role that you played in developing our confident little girl. You helped develop her curiosity, embraced her uniqueness - especially appreciating her one of a kind sense of humour. Her language and vocabulary are fantastic which were big concerns for us being 2nd language English speakers - we know you played a big role in that. She can play in fantasy worlds in which she finds bizarre uses for regular items in the house. You have created a whole new world in her imagination. Thank you, thank you, thank you for the love, the learning, the laughter and the support you have given Febe. The memories made at Taradale kindergarten will stay with us all forever. All the best for the future, we will see you soon. "The Oppermans" May 2015
"You are such an amazing team, combining so well to create this truly fantastic learning environment. You all seem so genuinely interested in the children and in ensuring that their days are fun, focused and full of challenges." Annie, Kindergarten mother Nov 2009
"I am so thankful for Te Awanga kindergarten giving my daughter such a fabulous start in her years of education. The skills that she has learnt from kindy and the experiences that she has been given have been such a huge help to her in the few weeks that she has now been at school. It has been such a lovely experience for us all being involved in such a loving and caring centre and we are now very much looking forward to our next daughter starting there in the near future." N Peacocke, parent, Aug 2010.
Te Awanga Kindergarten is situated in an area with beautiful surroundings.A relaxed atmosphere where staff and parents mingle together and children interact together. The staff are very nice and work hard at their jobs and different activities within the kindy.The day to day set up is easy for children to find which activity they prefer to play at. Having an older child and one at Te Awanga Kindergarten now I would not hesitate to inform new parents about Te Awanga Kindergarten." A very satisfied parent, Aug 2010.
We love the teachers and the garden (anon, Nov 2009).
The caring and support you show to the children and the parents- W Morris, parent Nov 2009.
Awesome teacher, A Stoney, parent Nov 2009.
The lovely, warm feeling walking into kindy, Anon Nov 2009.
Its a FUN place to come to every time, J Pilmer, parent Nov 2009.
The teachers are so passionate towrads the children, Bernie, parent Nov 2009.
Smiley faces - Calebs Family, Nov 2009.
Every child is respected and celebrated. The teaching staff are enthusiastic, creative and professional. What's not to love? Mary-Anne and Ruby, Nov 2009.
We love your nurturing ways and loving manner towards our Benny and of course everything else - especially the beautiful grounds, L Campbell, parent Nov 2009.
Such a wonderful, friendly environment for our children - Mel and Huinter Nov 2009.
How friendly everyone is and how welcoming, J Taylor, parent Nov 2009.
Wycliffe Nga Tamariki Kindergarten:
Thank you Wycliffe Kindy for the awesome learning environment you provided for my son Ryley in the past couple of years. Ry started off elsewhere, where he was not so happy so we made the switch to Nga Tamariki where he thrived and has loved his kindy days. I have no doubt it is because the lovely relaxed atmosphere created by the wonderful staff and he is going ahead in leaps and bounds at school. S Barr, Parent, Sept 2012