the joy of teaching, the love of learning

Pirimai Kindergarten


Welcome To Pirimai Kindergarten

Haere Mai
Pirimai Kindergarten welcomes you to our whanau
Enrolment forms can be downloaded here or you can call into the kindergarten.  We have an open door policy and would love to show you around our award winning playground
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Please view our Testimonials here 

Teachers take great care in setting up a beautiful environment that invites wonder and joy as your child explores. A key feature of our kindergarten is the warm and inclusive environment we have created for families. We support parents and invite you to stay and enjoy time with your child, help yourself to the kitchen facilities and sit down and browse our extensive lending library. We actively encourage children to take responsibility for a sustainable future and help us with gardening, a worm farm, and recycling. Together we are creating a community with a lifelong passion for learning that will make a better world for us all.


Our Session Times Are:
Monday to Friday:    8:30am to 12:45pm
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 kindergarten support worker as well.
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Pirimai Philosophy:
Our kindergarten philosophy is founded in respectful and nurturing relationships where children, families and teachers are valued and welcomed.  We believe that socialisation is a vital part of teaching and learning and children learn best through play that is joyful and fun.

We acknowledge Mâori as Tangata Whenua and we are committed to  being a kindergarten that reflects that responsibility while also committing to providing an inclusive environment for all cultures and abilities.

We embrace our beautiful natural environment and strive to teach our children about environmental sustainability and taking responsibility for Papatuanuki, our planet Earth.  We will strive to teach the values and morals of our society including love, kindness and respect for each other.

We will do our utmost to provide an environment rich in literacy and numeracy, foster independence and provide a level of challenge that encourages growth and development in children so that they develop the resilience needed to succeed in today's world.

Our Favourite 2015 ERO Comment:
The kindergarten curriculum successfully responds to each child’s interests and learning needs. A greater emphasis on values-based education in the kindergarten philosophy reflects the wishes of children and their families. Children display caring, respectful and trusting relationships with staff and each other. They are empowered to self manage and lead their learning.

View full 2015 ERO report here.

Meet The Staff:

Left to Right (Standing): Jo, Julie, Kelly, Rachel
Left to right (Seated): Michelle, Karen Callaghan

Pirimai staff Apr 2015-972

Head Teacher Jo Cox Dip. ECE, B.Tch (ECE) & current first aid
Teacher Michelle Cherry Dip. ECE, B.Tch (ECE) & current first aid
Teacher Kelly Elder Dip ECE, B Tch (ECE) & current first aid
Teacher Karen Callaghan B Ed. (ECE) & current first aid
Teacher Cathy Alexander


Kindergarten Support Worker Karen James  


“What a wonderful two years we have had at Pirimai Kindergarten. Thank you for the exceptional hard work, dedication and love that the teachers have all shown Millie and us as a family throughout her time at Pirimai Kindergarten. When Millie first started, she was having trouble with speech, could be very anxious at times and found interacting with others sometimes a challenge. Wow what a difference you all have made! Millie is now a confident young girl who has developed so much and that is mainly due to the dedication that you have all put in. As a family we will really miss the warm welcomes that you give each morning when we walk through the gate and the positive environment that you have at Pirimai Kindergarten. Pirimai Kindergarten will also hold a special place in our hearts.” Kerry (parent) March 2015

We are so happy with Pirimai Kindergarten, with being new to Napier I felt I should check out a few kindys in the area before we made a decision on where to send our daughter, although they were all nice, Pirimai stood out initially because of the first conversation I had with Jo about her views and values within the kindy. She and the other staff are fantastic and my daughter loves it. Claire (parent) April 2015

Pirimai Kindergarten was a wonderful learning environment for our boys, both of whom enjoyed their time there immensely. The teaching staff were always friendly and approachable, and kept us included in the kids' kindy experiences. I always felt listened to when I had questions or concerns, or when I wanted to contribute. The afternoon program provided a great launchpad for our children as they entered school and they were more than ready when the time came for them to move to primary education. David (parent) 2014

My daughter attended Pirimai kindergarten for two and a half years and has recently started school and I credit her easy intergration into school life with the fantastic start she received at kindy. Fantastic friendly, enthusiastic teachers help the children to become independent and confident. Of particular note are the fantastic outings that the children are involved with giving them a wide range of experiences. I can highly recommend Pirimai kindy to any parent or caregiver. E Clark (parent)

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Contact Us:
Phone: 06 843 5051
Fax: 06 843 0578
Cellphone: 027 243 5051
Address: 17 Allen Berry Avenue, Pirimai, Napier

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Contact Us


Phone:  06 835 7890


66 Kennedy Road, Napier

PO Box 4298, Marewa, Napier

New Zealand

Mission and Vision Statements

Our Vision
Our Association provides flourishing environments where learning is child’s play and teaching is a passion.

Our Mission:
Providing a quality foundation education that is professional, accessible and excellent.