FAQs

Where is my closest Kindergarten?
We have 24 Kindergartens in the greater Dunedin area from Mosgiel to Port Chalmers.  Visit our Where We Are page to find one for you and your child.

When should I enrol my child at Kindergarten?
It is best to enrol your child before they are 2 years old.  The starting age of children varies between kindergartens and the teachers of the kindergarten you choose will be able to provide you with a more accurate indication of a start date.

Do I have to stay with my child?
You are welcome to stay with your child, the choice is yours and we welcome this opportunity to get to know you.   Children sometimes need support to settle and we will work with you to make this a positive experience.

How do you support children with special needs?
At Dunedin Kindergartens we are inclusive of all children.  The teaching team will work closely with you to support your child in their learning.  We have good relationships with other support agencies who can offer additional support if needed.
If your child has a medical condition, eg asthma or a serious allergy, a medical plan will be put in place if necessary.

Does my child have to be fully immunised to go to kindergarten?
No.   All children are welcome at our Kindergartens.

Do children have to be toilet trained before they can attend?
No, at Dunedin Kindergartens teachers will workwith you to support children through this.

How much does is cost to attend Kindergarten?
Kindergarten is great value for money.  All of our kindergartens offer the 20 Hours ECE scheme, providing up to 20 hours of free kindergarten for all 3, 4 and 5 year old children.  If you use all of your 20 Hours ECE at kindergarten, there is no charge for any additional hours. If you use 20 Hours ECE at another service, we charge a fee for hours at kindergarten.
This is from $2.50 - $5.00 per hour, inc GST. 
WINZ subsidies may be available.

How often does my child have to attend?
It is really important that your child attends kindergarten as regularly as possible because it enables them to become familiar and comfortable with the environment and routines, and helps them to develop strong, positive relationships with other children and the teachers. This in turn helps them to learn.  However, sometimes absences are unavoidable, so if your child is going to be absent for any reason, please let one of the teachers know, as absences can also impact on government funding.  Your child is charged for absences in line with our fee policy.  Head teachers are required to monitor and manage your child's attendance and you may be required to reconfirm your enrolment agreement if you are absent too often.

Are the teachers qualified?
Yes.   All teachers at Dunedin Kindergartens are fully qualified, with a minimum of a Diploma in Early Childhood Teaching (ECE).  We have a high level of professional accountability with teachers being registered through the New Zealand Teachers Council, complying to the 'Professional Standards for Kindergarten Teachers' and holding a current first aid certificate.'

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