Hei Hei

10 Wycola Ave, Hei Hei, Christchurch
8:30am to 2:30pm,
Monday to Friday.
2 years to school age

You’ll find our kindergarten right next to the wide open spaces of Wycola Park – across the road from the Hei Hei Community Centre.  We’re proud to be part of the Hei Hei community. As you walk into our kindergarten, you’ll see our waharoa (gateway), proudly telling our story.

Our teaching team

Greta Vincent
Head Teacher
NZ Free Kindergarten Union Diploma
Niki Maritz
Teacher
Graduate Diploma of Teaching (ECE)
Jane Taleni
Teacher
Bachelor of Teaching and Learning (ECE)
Ngam Brown
Teacher
Bachelor of Teaching and Learning
Diploma of Teaching (ECE)

Indoors, tamariki aged 2 – 5 years can access a range of resources that are carefully and intentionally presented to evoke thinking and exploration.  Learning occurs in all spaces at the child’s pace.   This is an environment supportive of the mana, wairua and mauri our tamariki bring when they come to us. Tamariki are encouraged to be mindful and in awe of the world around them, and respectful of the environment they play and learn in. You can feel the calm and friendly wairua (spirit) in our environment as you come in the door. Our kindergarten is light and warm, with children's work adorning the walls.

 

Outside, our playground provides a lush, green and natural landscape with physical challenges and activities that capture the imagination, providing endless opportunities for your child’s curiosity and exploration.  Our teachers and tamariki have built and grown our vegetable garden, and we enjoy cooking and tasting the food we harvest. We place a strong emphasis on sustainability, and our natural environment plays a large part in our daily programme – supporting the children to develop eco-awareness and to understand their role in it.

You're always welcome here!  We recognise and support parents and whānau as first teachers in the home, and we encourage family/ whānau to visit and take part in their child’s kindergarten day, sharing your skills, language and culture too.  Community and connectedness are at the heart of what we do, and we embrace the multiculturalism and diversity of our community. 

 

You will see us out and about visiting in our local area, supporting our tamariki to strengthen the connections they have within their local community and exploring their role as caretakers (kaitiaki) of our environment. Strong links with our local primary schools help to support the transition to school for you and your child, as he/she moves on from kindergarten.

 

We would recommend that you enrol initially for at least two full days – building up to five days at your child's pace.  This gives our teachers time to get to know your child and gives some consistency around supporting their learning.  

 

Nau mai, tauti mai - come in any time, we’ll show you around and make you welcome!

 

From time to time we have special offers, to enable more children to come to our not-for-profit, community kindergarten. But hurry, spaces are limited and these offers only apply for a limited time. Conditions apply.
 
 
 
 
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