Enrolment

To enrol please contact us, or just come and talk to us. You can also fill in our pre-enrolment form Enrolment form

You will be given a “handbook” containing all the information about the facilities and our program and an enrolment form.

Sessions and Attendance

Kuaotunu Rudolf Steiner Kindergarten Sessions run from 8.30am-3.00pm, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday, Thursdays from 8.30am to 1.30pm. We ask that children attend a minimum of two days per week.

Settling In

Prior to a child’s enrolment, we encourage parents to spend time at our kindergarten with their child to assist the child in becoming familiar with our environment.

Settling new children into kindergarten is done according to the individual needs of children and parents. Your child’s happiness and security are the first consideration, and as much time is taken over settling new children as parents/caregivers and teachers, working together, consider necessary.

Fees

Free ECE is available for three, four and five-year olds.

Fees for younger children or those who have used their free ECE hours at another centre are $5 per hour.

Curriculum

Although no formal concepts are taught in the Kindergarten, the basic skills of numeracy and literacy are developed as a natural part of the daily activities. Solid foundations for language skills are laid in the daily story-telling, book reading, songs, rhymes, puppet stories and personal interaction with each child. Numeracy skills are developed in play as children engage themselves in stacking, measuring, sorting, collecting, gathering, counting, number rhymes, stamping, clapping and game playing. The curriculum broadly integrates all subject areas within a day to day rhythm. Each day has its own order, the children beginning with free play time and coming together for activities at various times.

Reciprocal communication with parents is supportive and we strive to work closely with Parents/Whanau of each child to provide a strong connection between home and the Kindergarten.

As well as providing a Rudolf Steiner early childhood educational environment, our Kindergartens also embrace the national early childhood curriculum Te Whariki.

We encourage an awareness and appreciation of the bicultural heritage of our country and opportunities are given to hear Te Reo Maori in Karakia before eating, in local stories and legends, songs, dances and games. We also acknowledge other community languages which helps children to experience other aspects of life. People of all backgrounds and cultures will be welcomed, accepted and respected.