Manaia Kindergarten is set overlooking the picturesque inlet of Parua Bay on the Whangarei Heads.
Children at Manaia Kindergarten explore their interests with support from enthusiastic teachers who encourage and challenge their learning. Learning portfolios with stories of children’s learning and development are valued parts of our curriculum.
Our kindergarten blog celebrates children’s learning, ako, building friendships, sharing stories, and relationships with our community. We aim to build whanaungatanga – relationships with the whole family in the interest of nurturing children and their individual and community learning opportunities.
Through our community vegetable garden our tamariki learn where food comes from, and how delicious fresh home-grown food can be. Thanks to whanau involvement new vegetables and plants are added to this garden throughout the seasons.
Collecting eggs from our hei hei and harvesting vegetables is a part of our everyday programme. Our emphasis on the natural environment is further supported by our Nature Programme which is run for our 10 oldest children, who visit our local reserve and mudflats every week throughout the year. You can find out more about our Nature Programme on our blog.
Children explore the world of bugs and grubs in our bushland environment, vegetable garden, indoor terrarium and under the digital microscope.
Our children enjoy the outdoors and teachers professional learning has supported the development of the playground to ensure opportunities for children to explore and develop essential gross motor and fine motor skills. Monkey-bars, swings, trucks and our sandpit all support children’s physical development whilst laying the foundations for key numeracy and literacy skills.
We strongly encourage new families to come in for a visit a few times before starting at Kindergarten. Let’s spend some time getting to know each other, and encouraging the children to find their place in this wonderful community.