the joy of teaching, the love of learning

the joy of teaching, the love of learning

Riversdale Kindergarten

Welcome To Riversdale Kindergarten

‘Our Kindergarten has been providing high quality teaching and education for over 40 years in the suburb of Taradale, Napier. We are easily found in a quiet cul-de-sac, just a hop, skip and jump away from Taradale High School and Taradale Intermediate. We are conveniently located near EIT in Gloucester Street, and primary schools aplenty such as Bledisloe, Arthur Miller, Taradale, Meeanee, Reigner, and Greenmeadows Schools.

We pride ourselves in having 100% qualified teachers representing some of the most up-to-date teaching practices. We have a wonderfully designed purpose built facility which boasts park-like play areas where your child can run, jump and explore to their heart's content.

The teachers of Riversdale Kindergarten have created strong relationships with neighbouring primary schools which include regular visits. All of our children have a good understanding of how they fit within their wider community and where they will be heading. School readiness is not only about numbers and letters. For your child, it is about feeling confident about his/her future and being a lifelong learner.

Our kindergarten community is made up of families from around the world. We celebrate New Zealand’s rich bi-cultural tradition by weaving te reo and tikanga Maori into learning and teaching; joining all of the strands of our many cultures into a place that is safe, nurturing and fun for all.

We are proud to have achieved Bronze Reflection as an Enviroschool. Our children are actively engaged with sustainable practices in our learning environment including gardening, composting, and worm farming. We also have 3 resident chickens who need daily feeding and watering and in return provide us with eggs. We cook many different foods using our garden produce and fresh eggs, from apple muffins to basil pesto pasta. We also sell our famous worm tea as a fundraiser.’

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.

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 non teaching support.

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Riversdale Philosophy:

We support children to be active participants on their journey as lifelong learners.  
We are sensitive to the diverse needs of our community.
We value meaningful and respectful relationships with the world around us.

Our Favourite 2015 ERO Comment:
Children learn in an environment where they are valued and affirmed for who they are and what they bring to their learning.  A sense of belonging is promoted through strong, respectful relationships with families and whanau.  Children lead their own learning.  They engage in cooperative play for sustained periods of time.  Access to a good range of resources and activities promotes their curiosity and discovery.  There is an increased focus on integrating natural and open-ended resources.  This is supporting the development of early literacy and mathematics understanding.  Routines are responsive to children's needs and promote their independence and social skills.

View full 2015 ERO report here.
Meet The Staff:

Left to Right:  Anne Middleton, Debby Jarvis-Penn, Lyndal Baker (HT), Louis Kittleson
Riversdale staff Oct 2017

Head Teacher  Lyndal Baker
  • B Ed ECE , Post Grad Cert Ed & current first aid
Teacher  (Relieving) Kelly Olsen
  • B Teach ECE, current first aid
Teacher  Debby Jarvis-Penn
  • B Teach ECE & Dip Teach ECE + current first aid
Teacher  Louis Kittleson
  • B. Arts. B Fine Arts, Post Grad Dip ECE & current first aid
Kindergarten Support Worker  Anastasia Oliver


We are so thankful for all you have provided for L and taught him. I had looked at many ECE providers before choosing Riversdale – they all seem so great but we choose Riversdale because of the atmosphere and the people – you guys! What a team.

Riversdale has been everything we’ve wanted it to be – I feel as though L has discovered and identified his marae.

You have been his safe place, his environment to learn and grow, to question, to explore, make mistakes, make discoveries and many special relationships.

Riversdale is a really special community and we’ve learnt heaps from you as parents too.

Thanks for supporting L to discover himself more and encouraging him to be his awesome self.

‘A candle loses nothing by lighting another candle.’

L Curtis (parent,2018)

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  

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Contact Us:  
Phone:       06 844 8525
Cellphone: 027 244 8525
Address:   11 Cooke Place, Taradale, 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