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Qualified, passionate teachers, large outdoor spaces, transition to school programmes and 20 ECE hours each week.

Our Location > Te Kowhai Kindergarten

23 te kowhai kindergartens waikato 1494387163

Monday - Friday
Extended Day: Any 6.5 - 7.5hrs between 8am - 3.30pm
School Day: 8.30am - 3pm
Morning: Any 4 - 4.5hrs between 8am - 12.30pm
Afternoon: Any 3 - 3.5hrs between 12pm - 3.30pm
20 Hours free from 2 years old.
$4.00 per hour for any additional hours*
(*NOTE: $5.25 per hour if you have attested any of your 20 ECE Hours at another service)

P 07 829 7686
E tekowhai@kindergarten.org.nz

0800 CHILDREN (244 537)


473 Bedford Road, Te Kowhai


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Enrolment enquiry

Enrol from birth. 20 FREE Hours from 2 years of age.

Te Kowhai Kindergartens Waikato supports and promotes respectful, reciprocal relationships between staff, families, children and the natural and physical environment. They are well-respected for delivering high quality, affordable education in Te Kowhai.

The outside area is in a beautiful natural setting, overlooking a gully, and is large and spacious.  Our building has been completely renovated  and is light, spacious and well resourced. Children’s interests are extended, and children are learning to be competent, confident, independent learners and communicators.

  • Warm & welcoming staff who are passionate about teaching and learning.
  • Safe, caring and stimulating environment.
  • Well resourced and huge outdoor play area.
  • Children develop social interaction and respect.
  • Private online learning portfolios for parents (sharing photos, videos and stories about your child).
  • An exclusive early childhood partnership with the Enviroschools Programme (eg. recycling, composting, gardening).
  • In Partnership with Sport Waikato Under5 Energize to eat healthy, be active & have fun! 
  • Learning based on the NZ Early Childhood Curriculum, Te Whāriki.
  • Value family/whaanau and kindergarten partnership.
  • Cool 4 School transition programme.

"My son feels loved, secured, safe and happy due to the staff and environment."

- Family Survey

"Children play well together, talk about their interests and ideas and plan together to develop complex play and exploration."

- ERO Report

"It is a vibrant centre that returns to core educational fundamentals."

- Family Survey

Our qualified staff carefully plan programmes that fulfil the early childhood curriculum. We aim to ensure children are competent, confident and successful learners. Children will learn and develop:

  • A strong foundation in reading, writing and maths
  • Art, creativity, music and dance skills
  • An understanding of sustainability and their environment
  • The importance of New Zealand's heritage
  • Social skills, behaviour management and manners
  • Self confidence
  • Learning skills such as independence, creativity and curiosity
  • Friendships that may last throughout their schooling
  • Relationships with consistent, familiar teachers
  • To understand and operate within a structured routine

Teachers provide learning extensions that prepare you child for school which include numeracy & numbers, literacy & language, nature & science, computers & technology, puzzles & games, creative arts, sand & water play, trips, transition to school programme, child friendships… and more!

Children work together at mat time to share daily information, stories, songs, movement, drama & waiata, etc.

A typical daily learning routine


8.15am - Welcome children & family/whānau
Activities/Child led learning
9.30am - Mat Time Hui
10.15am - Morning Tea Kai Reminder
Activities/Child led learning
11.45am - Tidy Up time Wā whakapai
12.00pm - Mat Time Hui
12.15pm - Farewell children Haere rā

12.15pm - Lunch Kai - School Day children


1.00pm - Welcome children & family/whānau
Activities/Child led learning
2.15pm - Tidy Up time Wā whakapai
2.30pm - Mat Time Hui
2.45pm - Farewell children Haere rā

Lynette Lynette

Head Teacher


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