These walks allow children opportunities to discover, learn, and explore this natural environment in their own time and at their own pace. We also take the ten oldest children to the Glenbervie Adventure Ropes Course each term. This is a favourite excursion and our children are developing awesome confidence, leadership skills as well as building on their climbing, jumping, balancing and gross motor skills.
Our Kindergarten has a strong Active Movement focus. Being attached to the Matarau Community tennis courts we have regular access to this sports facility. This is a great space, newly surfaced, which provides a large area for running, ball skills, hockey, or free play.
We have developed and maintain a close relationship with local schools and the Matarau community. We have a wonderful Tuakana/Teina programme with the Senior students at Matarau School where one day each week some of the seniors come down and play with our children at Kindergarten. The seniors are awesome role models and our children are developing important transitioning relationships as well as building self-esteem, confidence and friendships. We also regularly visit the new entrants classroom and take part in School wide events (cross country, calf club etc).
We strive to provide a welcoming environment which encourages the community and our whanau to spend time with us here. As a teaching team we strongly believe in the importance of adults and children working and learning alongside each other. As members of Enviro Schools in the Early Years our programme is strongly influenced by nature, natural resources, enviro-friendly practices and sustainability. Our gardens and orchard are establishing well and are kept healthy through sustainable methods such as our worm farm and compost bins. We are striving for Zero Waste and really working on reducing plastic rubbish in our lunches. We also look at ways we can reuse items such as yoghurt pots. We have recently installed a new shade sail which fits in with our natural surroundings and we are planting natives and edibles to make our environment more green, living and sustainable. We now are a Silver Enviroschool, the first kindergarten in the Northland Kindergarten Association to reach this level on our Enviroschools journey and our next step is working towards the Gold.
Children at Comrie Park Kindergarten have the opportunity to:
We love our Natural Outdoor Playground and look forward to its continuing development with plans for a mud kitchen and much more natural/native plantings and landscaping…..watch this space…..
This Kindergarten is a home away from home!
Comrie Park Info
Start & Finish Times
Monday to Friday 8.45am to 2.45pm
Term Dates for 2018 are:
Term 1 – Wednesday 24th January – Friday 13th April
Term 2 – Monday 30th April – Friday 6th July
Term 3 – Monday 23rd July – Friday 28th September
Term 4 – Monday 15th October – Thursday 20th December
We offer 20 free hours for all children over 3.
Phone: (09) 433 5045
Mobile: (021) 178 7310
Comrie Park Kindergarten
109 Matarau Road
RD1, Kamo 0112