Haere Mai, Nau Mai - Welcome to our Kindergarten

We opened in the early 1970’s and maintained traditional morning and afternoon sessions until recently when we changed to the Kindergarten Day Model (KDM).

Orewa Beach kindergarten provides an environment for children and their families/whanau which is safe, happy, stimulating and challenging. The programme allows uninterrupted time for children to play, interact, socialise, experience, explore and initiate their own learning and share their knowledge, culture, skills and interests facilitated and supported by qualified teachers.

Our Philosophy

At Orewa Beach Kindergarten we believe and work by the following values:

Whanaungatanga Family/Community Connections:
– Everyone should feel welcomed, wanted, accepted and informed
– All contributions and involvement are valued
– Authentic links between family/whanau and kindergarten
– The importance of community involvement and the richness this brings to our kindergarten

Manaakitanga Respect:
– We recognise the importance of the Treaty of Waitangi – Te Tiriti o Waitangi and commit ourselves to its principles by acknowledging New Zealand’s bi-cultural heritage
– Mutual respect between children, parents/whanau, teachers, and community
– Acknowledgement of the diverse nature of our families
– Respect for our environment, encouraging sustainability and acknowledging our responsibility as kaitiakitanga (caretakers) of our earth

Ako Learning:
– The importance of play and supporting children’s interests
– Teaching and learning is guided by the Principles of Te Whariki the Early Childhood

– Children are competent and capable learners developing skills for life
– Encourage each child to reach their full potential in accordance with their individual ability
– Learning, leadership and responsibility should be shared amongst teachers, parents, whanau and children
– Providing a stimulating kindergarten environment that supports learning