the joy of teaching, the love of learning

the joy of teaching, the love of learning

Mary Richmond Kindergarten


Welcome To Mary Richmond Kindergarten

At Mary Richmond Kindergarten we are committed to providing a warm and welcoming environment for all children and family/whanau. We offer wonderful educational opportunities for forty children aged two years and over each day, as well as providing six hour sessions four times a week for the twenty oldest children attending kindergarten.

We have a limited number of places coming up shortly, please contact Liz to arrange enrolment.


Our Session Times Are:
Monday to Friday                 8:45am to 1:00pm
Monday to Friday                 8:45am to 2:45pm


Our Staff To Child Ratio:
We have a ratio of 1 teacher to 10 children, however we have additional non teaching support as well.

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Mary Richmond Philosophy:

Belonging, respect and tuakana teina are values and guiding principles of the Mary Richmond Kindergarten community. These are the foundations that will support and foster our children's passion for learning. We empower children's cultural identity and heritage. Kotahitanga - We are all untied

Our Favourite 2015 ERO Comment:

Positive relationships are a strength of the kindergarten. Children confidently participate in learning. Their cooperative play and choices are well supported. The centre philosophy highlights Kotahitanga. This principle of oneness is enacted through practices that promote belonging, respect and tuakana teina, and reflect parent and whānau aspirations for their children. Manaakitanga and high levels of care for children are evident.

View full 2015 ERO report here.

Our Kindergarten is featured in the ERO Review Report on Success for Maori Children in Early Childhood Services (May 2010). View the report here


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Meet The Staff:
Left to Right: Linaire McGregor, Liz Schimanski, Kathleen Graham, Tabatha Pryce


Head Teacher  Liz Schimanski
  • Dip. ECE & current first aid
Teacher  Linaire McGregor
  • Dip. ECE & current first aid
Teacher  Tabatha Pryce
  • B Ed. & current first aid
Teacher  Kathleen Graham
  • Dip. ECE & current first aid
Kindergarten Support Worker  Dorothy Pye


Mary Richmond Kindergarten is a hidden gem, tucked away at the end of a driveway in Maraenui.  It has beautifully landscaped gardens with every play thing imaginable, and a resident rabbit called Stuart that hops freely around looking for pats.
The teachers Liz, Tabatha, Linaire and Kathleen are all very special ladies that have a genuine love for teaching children.  They provide a wonderfully nurturing and calm environment where amongst other things they practice Mindfulness, which helps kids to understand and process their feelings.
All three of my children have been lucky enough to attend Mary Richmond Kindy and I couldn't hope for a better place for them to begin their education.
Not only is it a lovely environment, but the fees are just $10 per week from the age of 3 and they are always looking for more children to fill their roll.  My daughter, Anika who has just turned 3 is now on full days (8:45-2:45) which is great for helping preparing her for school.
I wouldn't hesitate to recommend Mary Richmond Kindergarten to anyone for quality childcare.
Kirsty BP

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Contact Us:

Phone:       06 843 8514
Cellphone: 027 643 8514
Address:   6 Lister Crescent, Maraenui, Napier


Contact Us


Phone:  06 835 7890


66 Kennedy Road, Napier

PO Box 4298, Marewa, Napier

New Zealand

Mission and Vision Statements

Our Vision
Learning is child's play and teaching is a passion.

Our Mission:
Children and parents look forward to their kindergarten experience