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
  • Linaire McGregor
  • Dip. ECE & current first aid
  • Tabatha Pryce
  • B Ed. & current first aid
  • Kathleen Graham
  • Dip. ECE & current first aid
  • Connie O'Donoghue
  • BA Education & Psychology, Grad Dip ECE, First Aid
Kindergarten Support Worker
  • Dorothy Pye


“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)

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Contact Us:

Phone:       06 843 8514
Fax:           06 843 7038
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:
Providing flourishing environments where learning is child's play and teaching is a passion.