the joy of teaching, the love of learning

the joy of teaching, the love of learning

Wharerangi Kindergarten

Welcome To Wharerangi Kindergarten

Our kindergarten is renowned for the warm, friendly and welcoming environment set in lush green surroundings, where teachers provide a haven for spontaneous self directed learning.  We value and promote close working relationships with our families and community. the work of children.
Come and join us on your child’s journey of discovery.
Spread the word loud and clear -  amazing early childhood experiences to be had here.
Teachers with passion, teachers who care.
Welcoming new families into our kindergarten whanau is a two way enrichment we embrace

We are accepting enrolments for 2023 please encourage your friends to bring their children here. 
We are open for up to 50 weeks per annum.


Our Session Times Are:
Monday to Friday:  8:30am to 12:00pm
Monday to Friday:  8:30am to 2:30pm

Our Staff to Child Ratio:
We have a ratio of 1 teacher to 10 children, with additional non teaching support as well.
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Wharerangi Philosophy
Our children and whānau will belong to a calm, engaging and colourful community where children learn through play supported by teachers who are nurturing and passionate.

Calm is a mindful atmosphere that nurtures the senses.

Engaging is the freedom to interact with people, places and things.

A colourful community is connecting with others: a place for all.

A nurturing teacher builds intimate relationships while holding the space.

A passionate teacher is an evolving teacher.


Play is Learning

Play is the work of children which nurtures and grows the whole child.

Play is an essential part of a child's social, emotional, physical and cognitive development.  At Wharerangi Kindergarten play is a vital part of every child's development.  It allows them to test ideas, work through uncertainties, explore social interactions and make sense of the world around them.

Play has no predetermined outcome or time limit.  It is not about an end product but about a process.  It's the exploration of ideas that is crucial.

Play is children's work.

View full 2019 ERO report here.
Meet The Staff:
Left to Right : Angels Mills, Katie Matson, Kirstie Osgood (Head Teacher), Keely Foley, Fiona Hewetson (KSW)
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Head Teacher  Kirstie Osgood
  • ECE Bachelor of Teaching and Learning (Early Childhood). National Certificate in Maori, current First Aid
Teacher  Keely Foley
  • Bachelor of teaching ECE & current first aid
Teacher  Angela Mills
  • Bachelor of Education & current first aid
Teacher  Katie Matson
  • B. Ed Tch ECE & current first aid
Kindergarten Support Worker  Fiona Hewetson

To Ang, Tina, Kirstie, Keely and Fiona,

Thank you for all of your time, attention, kindness, love and care that you have spent, given and taken to my children over the last 5 years.  Because of you my girls are ready for school, they are independent, confident children.Thank you
Love Nicky & Karl.2019

To the team of Wharerangi Kindergarten,
Thank you all so much for the wonderful love and support you all gave to both our children.
Our whanau will miss you all so much. Thank you for the lovely bright smiles we were greeted with everyday.
With so much love Amanda & David 2019

“ thank you so for guiding and loving our boys while they attended Wharerangi Kindy. You all have the biggest hearts and were so welcoming to our family. Love the Moores.

“what a wonderful group of teachers you are that create such a warm, welcoming and fun space at Wharerangi. Thank you for all the love support and learning you have provided our whole family. We go on to this next adventure knowing our son is ready – socially, mentally and physically - a HUGE part of which is down to you all.
Love the Hutchings”.

“the staff and students thank you very much for all your support. You help us to achieve our vision of “Growing good people for a changing world” . Tamatea High School.

'I would like to say an enormous thank you to the amazing teachers at Wharerangi Kindergarten. They organised a wonderful excursion for our children today - a bus ride to the marine parade for morning tea, a tour of the city in the Hawkes Bay Express (road train) and returned us all safe and sound to the kindy in time for lunch - all this was done whilst dressed in the beautiful art deco's clothes that they supplied for the children. Our children (and parents) had a fantastic morning - all thanks to the hard work of the kindy staff Kirstie, Marg, Tina, Estelle and Fiona. We are extremely fortunate to have such caring, fun loving teachers educating and nurturing our wee ones.' D Pollard, 

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Contact Us:
Phone:       06 844 4113
Cellphone: 027 644 4035
Address:   13 Essex Street, Tamatea, Napier


Contact Us


Phone:  06 835 7890


66 Kennedy Road, Napier

PO Box 4298, Marewa, Napier

New Zealand

Mission and Vision Statements

Our Vision
Together we nurture your child and their identity as a learner

Our Mission:
To inspire tamariki to be competent and confident learners