the joy of teaching, the love of learning

the joy of teaching, the love of learning

Tamatea Kindergarten


Welcome To Tamatea Kindergarten

We aspire for children to be confident explorers, keen inquirers, creative thinkers, active learners and sharers of knowledge. Our learning environment will nurture, empower, promote and foster independence, social relationships and life skills to create resilience and a social responsibility.  

                                Limited places available right now, please contact Rachel to enrol

                                                                                     Enrolment Form


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 as well.

Tamatea Philosophy:
Tamatea Kindergarten has an inclusive, enthusiastic, caring, peaceful and joyful culture for learning.
We engage and encourage  children to;
•    explore
•    develop positive relationships
•    be an active learner
•    be independent
•    take responsible risks
while responding with laughter and wonderment.

Our Vision
We encourage families to be involved in the kindergarten’s culture for learning, which incorporates the habits of mind and virtues programme.

Our Mâori Vision:
To inspire Maori children to Tû Tangata, stand tall with Mana and the freedom to live as Tangata Whenua in Hauora, wellness to achieve high hopes and aspirations.

Our Favourite 2015 ERO Comment:

Children and parents are warmly welcomed on arrival. Children are familiar with the routine and settle quickly. Warm, mutually respectful relationships are evident and reflect the kindergarten’s philosophy.  Teachers support children in engaged, sustained, child-led play. They access a good range of activities and resources which encourage exploration, investigation and creativity. Teachers foster language development through their conversations with children. Literacy and mathematics are well integrated throughout the daily programme. Routines are responsive to the children’s needs and promote independence and self-help skills.

View full 2015 ERO report here.
Meet The Staff:

Front Row (Left to Right) : Nicky Nicholls, Amelia Moorhead,
Back Row (Left to Right): Rachel Murray, Nadine Exeter, Abbey Lee

Tamatea staff May 2015-963
Head Teacher
  • Rachel Murray
  • Dip. Teaching ECE & current first aid
  • Kelly Olsen
  • Amelia
  • Dip. Teaching ECE, Bachelor of Education & current first aid
  • Moorhead
  • Dip.Teaching ECE & current First Aid
Kindergarten Support Worker
  • Nicky Nicholls
  • Nadine Exeter


To all the great staff at “Kindy” Aroha-tino-nui. D, Neera  

'There are few and far between teachers such as yourselves that are as motivated stimulating and special. Thank you for creating and maintaining the most amazing, inclusive and caring early learning environment for both of our girls. They have enjoyed every moment at Tamatea Kindergarten, and we will all miss you dearly.'

Thanks for another AMAZING year! From the Gray family, 

See more testimonials

Contact Us:
Phone:       06 843 4655
Fax:           06 843 1267
Cellphone: 27 243 4655
Address:   3 Norfolk Street, Tamatea, 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.