Read what people have to say about our kindergartens:
Bette Christie Kindergarten:
I just felt the need to send you a personal comment on my 2 visits to Bette Christie Kindergarten this term.
I have not been to Bette Christie before (despite visiting centres over the past ten years in my role as lecturer on the DipTeach ECE and BTECE at EIT Hawkes Bay).
I have had the privilege of watching many ECE centres evolve, change and grow in this time, so it was interesting to go into a well-established kindergarten with no idea of what to expect.
On my first visit I commented to Head Teacher, Kerry Hansen, what a warm and welcoming atmosphere the kindergarten had as I walked in. Its one of those intangible things that some centres have, and Bette Christie is one of these. As I observed the student I was there to visit, I couldn't help but notice the calmness of the children, the teachers and the environment in general - and I could see this was a busy place which was presenting its own unique challenges.
On my second visit to observe another student about a week or so later, I had the same sense of welcome and warmth when I came through the gates, and a quietness and calmness in the general runnning of the morning experiences and routines. It is easy, with roles of 30-plus to have noisy and hectic sessions. Despite the weather and the range of experiences and play the children were involved in, there were no loud voices or other overpowering sounds. Environments like these are to be commended.
This is a credit to Kerry and her team who obviously work well with each other, and centre whanau and children, as well as incorporating student teachers well into centre life. Helen Stewart MacKenzie, June 2011
"Many of my clients who have children at your kindergarten are singing your praises. They have seen the difference in their children's behaviour towards others and are loving the peacefulness they are sensing around their tamariki when they get home. Those clients whose children are not attending your kindergarten are wanting their tamariki to go to Bette Christie Kindergarten. Keep up the good work Bette Christie Kindergarten Team. You are creating an excellent name for yourselves in the community." Dorothy Waitoa Kaiawhina - Whanau Toko I Te Ora, Maori Women's Welfare League, Oct 2010
"We are proud parents of 2 lovely daughters attending Bette Christie kindergarten, it took us awhile to find the right place for our children but when meeting with the teachers we knew this was the place. We have had the honor not only knowing our children are in a safe and caring environment but getting to know the teachers, children and parents has been rewarding. There is much respect for all children who attend and ourselves, we see it as a great learning place for our girls." M.N, Parent, March 2010
Carlyle Kindergarten has provided both my daughter Olivia and my son Thomas with an amazing start to their education. From the moment you walk in the gate you feel welcome and part of the caring and nurturing atmosphere. The staff are enthusiastic, dedicated and passionate about the learning opportunities they provide and most importantly the children they teach. They are very approachable and always had time to discuss the progress of my child and any concerns I had. The programme they offer is motivating, engaging and challenging. It caters for the wide range of children that attend and is always evolving around the children's interests and inquiry. During the sessions the children are taught values which are important in preparing them for being a part of the world. These are modeled through the staff's actions and words everyday. Carlyle Kindergarten has been part of a technology contract so the staff are highly skilled in this area and the children are able to work with the most up to date technology to create movies and e books. Olivia and Thomas have had so many opportunities which has seen them grow in confidence and the skills they needed to be ready for school. Most of all my children have loved going to Carlyle Kindergarten. Thank you for all the time and effort you have put into my children!!" Leigh Golding, parent, March 2010
“At Eskview Kindergarten I find all the staff loving towards all the children, caring not only towards the children but for all the extended families as well. They all get involved in the day to day play with the children, and enjoy creating new and wonderful ways for children to learn through play. My son just loves attending there every day and thinks of all the teachers as personal friends which as a family we do as well. I highly recommend this kindergarten to anyone as it has made a huge difference in our lives. They have accepted my son as the unique little man that he is and have encouraged him to further develop the certain interests and abilities that he has. Debbie, Parent, November 2009
"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)
To the team at Greenmeadows Kindergarten, thanks for being so enthusiastic, innovative, approachable, fun, adventurous, inclusive and educational! Ellie has adored her time here. Chris & Emma M, March 2012
Words don't really seen enough! We are so grateful to you all for absolutely everything you have done for our girls! We kmow just how lucky we have been to have the knowledge, skills and caring of such a brilliant team. We will miss you (but will come back to visit).
Many many thanks. Gorringe Family May 2012
We could not have asked for a more nurturing, warm and friendly environment. You are a vibrant and enthusiastic team who has both fostered Vincent's interests, and challenged him. Most of all, you have made Greemeadows Kindergarten a fun place to be. Nicole B (Parent, June 2010)
On behalf of Jorja, Grant, Ang, Maddi and Rylee we would like to thank you for being a big part of our lives over the last six years. All three girls have been through Greenmeadows Kindergarten and have grown and learnt and we have all found wonderful friends from our time here. McIntyre Family (October 2010)
My first experience with Greenmeadows Kindergarten was when my eldest son began when he was 3. I found the staff approachable and welcoming, who put me at ease instantly, as I had concerns about putting my son into the right environment as he was excruciatingly shy and had become distressed with his previous early childhood centre. As well as putting me at ease they welcomed Theo enthusiastically and showed great awareness to his shyness but also gently encouraged him to participate and cope on his own and with his peers. He was speaking to staff within the second visit (a highly unusual thing for him) and developed wonderful relationships with staff and formed lasting friendships. The staff also nurtured his close relationship with his cousin while extending his interaction with other children. The opportunities and activities the Greenmeadows Kindergarten supplied helped develop Theo's curiousity, skills and thirst for knowledge so that timing for beginning school was perfect. Theo finished kindergarten (which was quite an emotional time for him and I) as a very confident, out-going, curious, gentle, kind soul - with a great sense of humour which I feel the staff at Greenmeadows Kindergarten had helped nurture and made his transition to school a very easy, enjoyable experience. I was so thrilled with our time at Greenmeadows that I enrolled my youngest son and waited on the waiting list, without going elsewhere, till he got in. I have the same good feelings about the staff and environment at Greenmeadows Kindergarten this time even though this son has a completely different personality. Finally as a primary school teacher, I realise the importance of great early childhood care, to set our children up for positive, fun learning leading into their school years, and feel Greenmeadows Kindergarten have all the right attributes needed. Thank you for the wonderful job you all do in caring, nurturing and enjoying my children. Donna B (Parent, Nov 2010)
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.
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
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 2011
Olivah has been attending Mary Richmond kindergarten since 2008. From the first moment I walked into the kindergarten the lovely ladies have done everything they can to help Olivah grow and be the little boy he has become. Ollie needed to have speech lessons outside of kindergarten time, when the ladies were informed they were very helpful in wanting to learn and listen to what Ollie was doing and his hand signals (cued articulation). He and everyone had to learn to help Ollie with his speech the ladies took time out during their own time. Ollie loves it here so much he had loads of fun he has never come home and said he hasn’t had a good day. Mary Richmond has so much to offer for the children, so much to do each and every day. Ollie is now five and will be leaving Mary Richmond Kindergarten and I know he will miss this place with all his heart.” Sharlene Needham (Parent, November 2009).
‘Our girls have had the best start to their schooling lives at Onekawa Kindy. We have experienced something really special and will remember it forever’. Nat and family, Sept 2012
Thank you to the teachers for what you have done for my son, making his kindergarten experience enjoyable and he had the greatest trust in all of you. Our family thanks you, all our children have passed through your kindy and you have given them the greatest start to life. Rachel and family, July 2012
Tena koutou katoa. Thank you for the tumeke care that you have given our son throughout the year. It has been an amazing rerenga (journey) and we can’t thank the teachers enough. To the tamariki o te Onekawa Kindergarten- it was a pleasure to meet awesome tamariki, ka mau te wehi!! Kia ora kaiako. Kia ora to everyone at Onekawa Kindergarten. Jimima and Robert, April 2012
Thank you for all of the wonderful days that our daughter has had at kindy. She has had a really positive experience at Onekawa Kindy and know she will treasure those memories and look back in years to come with a smile. She will miss you all very much now she is off to school. The Bryant Family, April 2012
"Onekawa Kindergarten has been such a warm and wonderful learning experience for my son Kayden. He has shown significant impovements in his social and behavioural skills (after a short period of time) and is enjoying the abundance of creative and outdoor activities. The teachers have been fantastic, reliable and informative - and have shown a genuine interest in my sons wellbeing. I would highly recommend Onekawa Kindergarten to any family considering early childhood education, and would like to thank the staff for their hospitality, flexibility, kindness and support. Many Thanks." Jessica Walsh, parent, Nov 2011
“Thank you so much for the love, learning, and kind attention given to my child. She has been so happy at her kindy, and enjoyed her time with you all and her friends”. Tanya, parent., July 2011
“Thank you for all your kindness to my children over their years at Onekawa Kindergarten. You made my job easy when I walked out the gate because I knew in my heart my children were safe and had caring passionate teachers looking after them. They both had fun, amazing times and lots of sharing with staff and their friends.” Anna B, Parent, February 2010.
"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
"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."I was so thankful to find Pirimai Kindergarten when we moved to Napier. Pirimai Kindergarten has a very friendly atmosphere which is great for Parents and children to be part of. The outdoor space is excellent for my boys to run around in and the teachers put in a lot of effort to keep play fresh and interesting. Dylan was sold on the place when he saw the boat and jetty, but I was won over by the wonderful staff.” Jessica Sandbrook, parent , 20 Nov 2009.
"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 provides a safe, friendly and positive enviroment for pre-school children. My daughter loves coming here and enjoys all the creative, imaginative and challenging opportunites provided for her. I love watching her social skills and confidence grow. The teachers are very encouraging and always open and available to talk. We also enjoy the way the children are encouraged to participate in nature based play and time outdoors". Andrea H (Parent, 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.
“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
"The staff and facilities at Te Awanga Kindergarten are fabulous. My son loves going there. The ladies are very warm and caring; the resources and equipment available to the kids are outstanding; and overall it is a fantastic kindergarten which provides a very nurturing and stimulating environment. Thanks so much.Jacqui, Parent, March 2012
"When our son first started attending Te Awanga Kindy there were a lot of changes going on in his life, in that he was leaving his previous daycare and friends of 3 years and we were expecting our 2nd baby the same week he started kindy. So we as parents wanted a place where he would feel secure, have a stable environment and develop his confidence and experiences. We couldn't have asked for a better transition for him - we started with 2 days and before we knew it he was asking to go along every day (incl weekends!). As a new mum at the kindy when initially entering the kindy the teachers made me feel very welcome and reassured me of how they intended on making our son's time at Te Awanga kindy a positive one. I am always kept informed about what the children are learning about whether it be the worm farm, planting herbs or building paper mache volcanoes. It's a great kindy and I definitely recommend it to other families". A Quinlivan, Parent, June 2011.
" Our child has been at Te Awanga Kindergarten for a few months now nad she has settled in so well, she really looks forward to kindy days with anticipation and always has lots to say about her busy mornings there. The staff are great, very friendly and approachable and we are really looking forward to our future involvement with the kindy." The Robinson Family, June 2011.
"Te Awanga Kindergarten is a high efficient, well managed kindergarten.The staff display great skills and knowledge which is vital for the development of pre school children. My two children have benefited greatly from the kindergarten, they have become confident and excited about learning new skills and are made to feel safe and listened to by the dedicated teachers. Te Awanga Kindergarten is a positive learning environment." Parent, Aug 2010.
"Our son has developed and improved in his confidence,social skills and personality so much which is due to the Te Awanga kindergartens teachers, skills and caring. All the children are like a big happy family in the environment created for them by their parents and the teachers.Our son is very fortunate to be a part of this family and to be looked after and learn from such caring and dedicated teachers;we thank you sincerely." P & P Batchelor, parents, Aug 2010.
"Our family has been with Te Awanga Kindergarten for six years. During this time our children have enjoyed many fun hours there. Some of the wonderful things they have done include learning about dinosaurs, about camping, baking and playing librarians, visiting maraes and other kindergartens. Te Awanga Kindergarten has plenty of indoor space and outdoor space for a child to zoom around, especailly great for boys who need that physical play."
"What can we say....it has a lovely relaxed atmosphere, is set in vineyards with beautiful ocean views and the longer hours make an easy transistion for school." S & D FosterTheir daughter Bramble says "My kindy is special because it has a cottage and a bench and a swing and sandpit and lots of puzzles."
"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.
"There is such a wide range of possibilites available for early childhood education. We love the choice we made in having our daughter attend Te Awanga Kindergarten and the fantastic learning through play." Kate & Richard Holland, Aug 2010
"The session times really suit me as a mum, fitting around sleeps and meal times of the rest of the family." Kate Holland, Aug 2010
"As a family we have felt fully supported during the process of settling into kindergarten late last year. We are very much looking forward to continuing the kindergarten experience with our second child when she is ready." Kate & Richard Holland, Aug 2010
"At Te Awanga Kindergarten we feel a sense of belonging." The Holland family, Aug 2010
My name is Trish, and my daughter Ruby is in her last week with Wharerangi Kindergarten.
As we approach our last days with the kindy, I thought I’d take the opportunity to let you know how pleased we’ve been with her early childhood education experience there.
Teachers Kirsty, Ange, Marg and Tina have been fabulous educators to all the children. They’re patient, caring, funny and creative. We’ve had lots of laughs and all enjoyed Ruby’s development over the past couple of years. Each of the teachers have treated Ruby with respect and empowered her to learn so much through their guidance and the environment they have created. They’ve nurtured her personality and, like us, enjoyed her sense of humour and enthusiasm for life. She has loved the phonics programme and we’ve found it excellent, as she learns to recognise letters and sound out words to spell - we look forward to her joining Year 0 at Arthur Miller School with all these new skills.
Ruby really wears her heart on her sleeve so I know how much she loves her teachers and how much she will miss them. We will miss them too! We wish them all the very best and know that the parents sending their children to Wharerangi are leaving them in excellent hands. T Scott & C Sidoruk, Parents, September 2011.
We have seen our child go from strength to strength at Wharerangi. It is always a welcoming and friendly atmosphere and completely child focused. The children are taught to care about one another and play nicely together. As a parent it is nice to feel that you don’t have to rush away when you drop your child off, so you are able to see for yourself how things operate. It has been a nice way to introduce our children to kindergarten. It is also great to see the teaching aspects at Wharerangi, especially phonics. Thank you for your support and family friendly kindergarten. Tony and Lisa Harrington, parents, Aug 2011
I have had two of my children that have attended Wharerangi Kindergarten, and I am glad I chose this Kindergarten. The teachers are passionate about the children and they are always caring and welcoming new families. Thank you Wharerangi Kindergarten.
Bernadette Lawrence, parent, Aug 2011
Wharerangi Kindergarten is a positive, happy and friendly learning environment. The teachers are an amazing team of educators, with individual personalities and strengths that combined make a very successful teaching team. My children have flourish in this wonderful early childhood centre and have grown both socially and educationally! I am very proud to be part of this kindergarten. Thanks so much. Katrina Lee, parent, Aug 2011
We love the teachers and the garden (anon, 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, creatuive 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.