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Parkvale - Hastings

Parkvale Kindergarten

Nau mai haere mai, welcome to Parkvale Kindergarten. 

Our programme...

Our programme emerges from the interests of the children, viewing play as the finest form of learning. It is within their play that children develop essential skills, patterns of behaviour and attitudes as to how they see themselves as learners. These dispositional traits (for example persistence and curiosity plus many, many more) are carried with children (and adults) throughout life and give us the true essence of who we are as learners - intellectually, socially and emotionally. Our team of dedicated, experienced teachers have a strong understanding of child development and dispositional learning, working closely with whānau to strengthen how children see themselves as learners.

Our programme has a strong bicultural feel, cherishing manaakitanga, tikanga, te reo Māori and whanaungatanga as we honour our bicultural partnership.

Relationships are at the core of our programme. Our teachers place great importance on fostering independence, interdependence, tuakana-teina, and healthy relationship skills. Children are guided to resolve differences with their peers, with discussions of feelings and caring for one another as common practice. Resilience, confidence and courage are fostered within children, as they learn skills to make choices for themselves and self-regulate their own behaviour.

Our teachers make mindful choices as to how the environment is presented and in their positioning, so as to allow children the time and space to question and explore their world around them and fully explore their capabilities. Children are encouraged to care for their environment, refreshing areas of play to create beauty for themselves and others.

Our Enviroschools journey...

Parkvale Kindergarten has embraced the Enviroschools kaupapa—to create a healthy, peaceful, sustainable world through people teaching and learning together.

Licensed for

40 children

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Parkvale - Hastings

BestStart Willowpark Road

BestStart Willowpark Road is located in the heart of the Hastings CBD, across the road from Queen’s Square Park. We are a busy and vibrant early learning centre with two separate rooms to suit the needs of our tamariki. We're open from 7.30am until 5.30pm and only close for public holidays.

Let us keep close together not far apart

Waiho i te toipoto, kaua i te toiroa 

Our centre vision represents the merging of cultures in our centre and our wider community. It links to the virtue of atawhai or compassion, and is shown through affection, caring advice and kindness. The selfless concern for the wellbeing of others is what you will experience as part of the BestStart Willowpark Road whānau.

At BestStart Willowpark Road we go above and beyond to ensure our tamariki and whānau enjoy a welcoming experience from the very beginning of their journey with us. We believe in enrolling the whole whanau and we cater transition programmes to suit individual needs.

Togetherness - Relationships are the heart of our centre life. We work in partnership with whānau to ensure that tamariki reach their full potential during their time with us. We value the importance of ngā whakawhanaungatanga – reciprocal and responsive relationships and believe that tamariki learn best in an environment where warm, respectful relationships are established and nurtured.

Empowerment - Tamariki at Willowpark Rd experience an environment that allows them freedom to explore and learn in their own unique ways. We believe in empowering tamariki to become leaders in their own learning. Kaiako acknowledge and extend children’s interests and developing working theories through intentional provocations and teaching strategies. We value Ako and recognise the importance of tuakana /teina relationships.

Pride - Our localised curriculum lays the foundation for tamariki to become curious and resilient learners for life. We support tamariki to walk with mana, secure in who they are and where they come from. We achieve this by instilling the importance of ako, whakawhanaungatanga and manaakitanga. We acknowledge Māori as tangata whenua and recognise the bi-cultural heritage of Aotearoa and work to uphold the spirit and intent of Te tiriti O Waitangi by making Te Reo me ngā tikanga Māori an integral part of our programme.

Our learning spaces - We have two age-based learning rooms to best meet the needs of tamariki as they develop and grow. Our Pukeko Room caters to the needs of our youngest tamariki, infants through to 2-year-olds and our Kiwi Room caters to the needs of our 2 – 5-year-olds. Both Rooms have their own separate outdoors areas. Our Kaiako provide a programme that offers a mix of free play, group learning times and intentional teaching. 

Who is BestStart?

BestStart is for families who want more from early-childhood education. Safe, nurturing and educationally focused, we’re committed to growing caring people with curious minds.

Together we teach, learn and nurture.

Our vision is to work in partnership with families, whanau and communities to enable children to achieve their learning potential.

Ko tō mātou tirohanga hei mahi ngātahi i te taha o ngā whānau me ngā hāpori, kia āwhinatia ngā tamariki, kia tū pito mata ai rāatou, hei rangatira mō āpōpō.

We are committed to being a progressive and responsive leader in early-childhood education. We do this by enhancing our services, investing in our people, developing our support structure and continuously improving the educational outcomes and experiences of our children, families and the communities we serve.

Some facts:

  • We’re licensed to educate and care for 15,000 full-time children daily.
  • 18,000 families use BestStart services annually.
  • We have over 270 centres nationwide located from Whangarei to Invercargill.
  • Each centre is managed by a Centre Manager who is supported by a local Area Manager. This gives our centre teams ongoing quality training and support.
  • Te Whāriki, the world-wide acclaimed national early childhood education curriculum, is used in all centres.
  • We have over 4500 permanent teachers nationally. Over 90% of our permanent teaching staff are either fully qualified with a diploma or bachelor of teaching (ECE) or higher, or are in training. These figures are very high by national standards within the ECE sector.
  • We provide a two-year Advice and Guidance Programme for all recently certified teachers, providing further mentoring and training. This gives strong support for teachers from provisional registration to full teacher registration with the NZ Teachers Council.
  • We regularly spend around $4 million on teacher training per annum.

We’re for children

At our heart is our commitment and passion for children. Central to this belief is our focus on the holistic development of children. We support children to explore the world around them, learning through relationships, creating a love of learning in an ever-changing world. Exploration, friendship and fun are part of the journey.

We’re for good

BestStart is a registered charity owned by the Wright Family Foundation. We support initiatives and programmes within BestStart and the wider early-childhood education sector (ECE) that support good outcomes for all children. We do this because we want to make a positive difference to the lives of all children.

Innovation leads us

At BestStart, innovation guides our thinking. We advocate positive change for learners through our research and practice. We’re proud to be thought leaders within ECE, openly challenging ourselves to think differently to provide the best for our children, families and staff.

We’re responsive

Our centres reflect their children, staff and communities. We celebrate individuality, uniqueness and diversity, encouraging a spirit of empathy, understanding and collaboration. Through our responsive relationships and our curriculum, we support learners to choose their own path.

Our people matter

At BestStart people come first. When we grow and develop our people, everyone benefits. We strive for whakamana/empowerment, nurturing a culture of excellence with engaged, talented professionals. Their commitment, skill and passion light our way.

Licensed for

72 children

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Parkvale - Hastings

Laugh Observe Learn Early Childhood Educare

Laugh Observe Learn ECE is a privately owned family business. We have a team of passionate qualified teachers as well as an onsite cook. Nappies are provided.

Licensed for

66 children

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Parkvale - Hastings

First Footsteps Early Learning Centre

First Footsteps Early Learning Centre is locally owned and operated Hastings childcare centre catering for children under 5 years old.

Our philosophy

At First Footsteps our image of the child is based on the belief that they are competent, inquisitive, active explorers capable of leading their own learning journeys at their own pace.

Providing quality education and care is at the heart of what we do. Providing a safe, nurturing and inviting environment supports the child to set the pace for their own learning and development according to individual and group interests. Being a small homely centre allows us to foster an environment which promotes Tuakana/Teina where our tamariki play and learn alongside each other. We are committed to developing meaningful, caring and respectful relationships where the child and whanau feel valued. Through valuing open communication and promoting inclusiveness, allows the child and whanau to gain a sense of belonging. We acknowledge our bi-cultural heritage through partnerships with our tamariki and whanau and the essence of te ao Maori throughout the centre.

Licensed for

40 children

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Parkvale - Tauranga

Te Kōhanga Reo o Tutarawananga

Te Kōhanga Reo

The kōhanga reo movement is a unique initiative based on total immersion in Māori language and values with the aim of passing on Māori culture to future generations.

Kōhanga reo emphasise the revitalisation of the culture through te reo Māori and are dependent on the active participation of the whole whānau. The kaupapa of kōhanga reo aims to strengthen whānau capabilities in cultural, social, economic, spiritual and political matters. Education, health and wellbeing are inherent within all aspects of the kaupapa. The prime focus is the whānau – its collective development, growth, accountability and wellbeing set within a Māori cultural context.

Kōhanga reo do not regard tamariki in isolation, but as important members of the whānau. The kōhanga reo philosophy is that tamariki will benefit when whānau successfully operate according to the kaupapa. Tamariki are an integral part of whānau development.

The following key goals are the foundation of te kōhanga reo kaupapa established in 1982:

  • total immersion in te reo Māori me ōna tikanga in daily operations
  • whānau decision-making, management and responsibility
  • accountability
  • health and wellbeing of mokopuna and whānau.

The key goals of te kōhanga reo assure that there will be:

  • security in te reo Māori
  • a supportive, caring environment for mokopuna
  • whānau (collective) sharing of responsibilities, knowledge and expertise
  • greater respect and appreciation of each other.

Licensed for

20 children

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Parkvale - Tauranga

Waiapu Kids - Merivale Whanau Aroha

Waiapu Kids Merivale Whānau Aroha is a community-based early childhood centre and service of Anglican Care Waiapu.

We provide quality care and education for up to 43 children in a mixed-age group setting.

The concept of ‘tuakana – teina’, plays an important part in what we believe in and base our work on at Waiapu Kids Merivale Whānau Aroha. The concept is seen in the reciprocal relationships between our older tamariki and infants and toddlers. Children of different ages are encouraged to interact and learn from each other in a safe environment, sharing knowledge and experiences.

We value children’s play as the way in which they learn about the world around them. Different activities and opportunities are provided for children each day to extend their interests, develop social, emotional, and cognitive skills, and build self-confidence and creativity.

We have a great relationship with our community and enjoy taking part in events and going on outings in the community. These strong community links enable the children to explore and connect with the wider environment, making links between people, places, and things in their world to support their sense of belonging.

Waiapu Kids Merivale Whānau Aroha is situated in Parkvale.

Licensed for

43 children