We are Kindergarten, We are Community
Community has an essential role to play in the growth and development of its young people. Kindergarten not only brings tamariki together for set hours each weekday but also brings together families, sometimes for life. Community connects mātua, whānau, kaitiakitanga, tamariki and kaiako allowing all to share stories, ideas, wisdom, advice and form lifelong friendships and support networks. Children form their sense of identity by seeing themselves within the context of their whānau and community.
A powerful sense of community has a powerful and positive impact on tamariki. Community can provide them with a sense of belonging and connectedness vital to social development. When children have the opportunity took to and learn from their elders, they discover how they can make valuable contributions to and their self-confidence flourishes as they realise that they are treasured both as individuals and members of society. With role models to show them respect for iwi and their environment, tamariki are enabled to blossom into the capable, independent individuals we already know them to be.
Kaiako invite whānau to become involved in their children’s kindergarten experience, not only to enrich their child’s experience, but also to offer kaiako deeper opportunities to get to know the community and what is important to them. Giving is receiving is giving and this interexchange of ideas creates a vibrant community that enriches the lives tamariki, whānau and kaiako well beyond kindergarten hours.