Tikipunga Kindergarten

Tikipunga Kindergarten is a purpose built facility with areas for both indoor and outdoor play.

Tikipunga Kindergarten is a well-resourced facility with ample areas for both indoor and outdoor play that is located next door to Tikipunga Primary School.

Our programme reflects whānau aspirations and the tenets of our philosophy where relationships with self, others, and our environment are central to our work and play. 

Assessment of learning is done in collaboration with whānau with the focus being on building a positive learner identity.

Tikipunga Kindergarten prides itself in having deep connections with the natural world with living play-spaces and a nature-based curriculum. We embrace the Enviroschools kaupapa where we empower children, learn for sustainability, honour Māori perspectives, show respect for diversity of people and cultures and nurture sustainable communities. We foster a deep respect for the natural environment and promote protection of Papatūānuku. We have a fantastic nature programme where our older tamariki are able to enjoy weekly excursions to a local bush area. We also grow our own fruits and vegetables, cook kai over the fire pit and, with raincoats supplied, we get to enjoy being outside experiencing all the elements!

Tikipunga Kindergarten is fees-free and all meals are provided free of charge.

Geoff, Fran, Christie and Sarah are all fully qualified and registered teachers with current First Aid Certificates. Holly is our awesome office administrator, and Selina is our cook!

Please feel free to drop in any time to say hello and have a look around.

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Tikipunga Kindergarten

Kindergarten Hours

Monday to Friday: 8.30am – 2.30pm

Childcare Fees

Our kindergarten is fees free – We believe that quality ECE should be accessible to everyone.

Kindergarten Dates

Opening Date
Monday 9 January 2023
Teacher Day 1
Tuesday 11 April 2023
Teacher Day 2
Thursday 13 July 2023
Week Closure
Monday 25 to Friday 29 September 2023
NKA Closure Date 1
Monday 24 April 2023
NKA Closure Date 2
Friday 13 October 2023
Closing Date
Wednesday 20 December 2023
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