Welcome To Riversdale Kindergarten
Riversdale Kindergarten is set in spacious park like grounds in Taradale, where children have the opportunity to explore and learn in the natural environment. Several large mature trees provide natural shade as well as the opportunity to learn about the natural rhythms of the seasons. We are proud to be an enviro-school. This allows the children to grow vegetables in our gardens, learn about waste reduction, composting and to tend for the worm farm and our pet chickens.
A playgroup operates every Wednesday morning from 9:00 – 11:00am. Children who have not yet started kindergarten can come along with their parent/caregiver and join in all the fun of our kindergarten session, at no cost. This enables children and their families to have a smooth transition into kindergarten.
Head Teacher Lyndal Baker
Teacher Louis Kittleson
I want to thank you for the work you do with the children to prepare them for starting school. My daughter was excited about starting school but also a little nervous. Her transition to school was smooth largely because kindy had paved the way by practicing similar routines and encouraging independence. She was already in the habit of putting away her own bag, lunch box and drink bottle as well as signing her name when she arrived. When she had to do all these things and put her name up when she arrived at school, it was easy.
Having two visits to her classroom before starting was also helpful so she knew what to expect and was familiar with her teacher and the environment.
My daughters are very fond of their time at kindy and even asked to go back once school had started. They often happily reminisce about their kindergarten days: friends, games, activities, teachers and the chickens. Any opportunity to revisit Riversdale such as Matariki and they are keen to go. Thank you for all your wonderful care and support of my family and giving my children a safe, happy, open and fun place to play, develop and express themselves. We are very grateful.
N Fenwick (parent 2018).
"My family have been involved with Riversdale Kindy since February 2013. It's been lovely to see the growth and changes that have happened in the last few years. With lovely caring teachers I have seen my kids develop and learn so much. The outdoor exploring and learning opportunities along side the inside play and crafts, it truely captures all kids interests. Fantastic community kindy, lovely families and many activities to keep my little ones happy and entertained. I'm looking forward to see my son develop more skills over the next few years. I highly recommend Riversdale kindy" Parent L Somervell
"My third child has recently started Riversdale Kindergarten, following in the footsteps of her two elder brothers. The transition to kindy was made easy with a weekly playgroup to familarise her with the kindy environment before she started daily kindy. The kind and welcoming teachers made sure that she felt happy to come to kindy each morning and she has quickly settled into a routine.
Riversdale Kindergarten has a very happy and fun feel, with encouraging teachers that have helped each of my children to develop immensely over their two years at kindy. The immaculate and spacious grounds mean there is plenty of running around and I am always impressed by how the children are encouraged to be outside playing and trying new things. The addition of the new Archgola outdoor classroom has been great for allowing these outside activities to continue rain or shine, and has made the kindergarten feel fresh, modern and spacious." Parent A Botha