Why Kindergarten?

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Learning occurs naturally at kindergarten. Children learn through interactions with others in meaningful ways, helping them make sense of their world. Children have the freedom to be imaginative, creative and practice skills.  Children learn to be part of a group and be socially competent.   Kindergarten programmes are based on the New Zealand bicultural Early Childhood Curriculum Te Whâriki.

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KaikoraiExcellent Indoor Resources 
Our kindergartens are well resourced to provide tools and props for children and teachers.  A typical kindergarten has everything from: paintbrushes to digital cameras, books to laptops, drums to iPods, and magnifying glasses to
digital blue microscopes.  Your child is well provided for at kindergarten.

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Exciting Outdoor Environments  
We value the outdoors as an important learning space for children.  Each kindergarten provides a range of experiences such as sandpits, swings, slides, water-play, gardening, carpentry and more.  Children are
challenged and supported in their discoveries.

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Port ChlamersTransition to School 
Children and their families are supported in their decision making about school. The experiences children gain at kindergarten such as working in a group, working alone, asking for help, making decisions are all contributing factors to build confidence as they move to school.

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Dunedin Kindergartens are intentionally situated throughout the suburbs of the greater Dunedin area. This allows families to access kindergarten in their own neighbourhood and build friendships and links with other families and the nearby schools.  Children are given opportunities to connect with the wider community through outings, walks and visits from a range of people in the community.

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100% greatstart100% Qualified Teachers
Children deserve nothing less than 100% qualified teachers! 
At Dunedin Kindergartens this is our benchmark for quality. We have a high level of professional accountability with teachers being registered through the New Zealand Teachers Council and complying to the 'Professional Standards for Kindergarten Teachers.' 
Dunedin Kindergartens supports the GreatStart 100% campaign which was set for Government to recognise the benefits of quality early childhood education. Visit the site to register your support for this.

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BayfieldGreat Value for Money  
Attending our kindergartens is very affordable. All our kindergartens offer up to 20 hours free early childhood education for your child and our fees are very competitive.
All 3, 4 and 5 year old children who take all their 20 hours free entitlement with us will have no fee for additional hours.  You could get up to 30 hours at kindergarten and pay nothing.

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Choice of Session Times
At Dunedin Kindergartens you can find a kindergarten to suit your child and your family's needs. We offer sessions of 2 hours, 4 hours or 6 hours, go to our where we are section to find a kindergarten for you. All our kindergartens have a ratio of 1 teacher to 10 children.
Sessional
Monday to Friday 8.15am - 12.30pm
Monday, Tuesday and Thursday 1.15pm -3.15pm
Sessional Kindergarten's offers a choice of programmes.  Generally younger children attend for fewer hours in the afternoon and progress to more hours in the morning which aligns with school. You also have the option to attend both sessions in a day three times a week.   Speak to the Head Teacher about this.

Kindergarten Day 
Monday to Friday 8.30am - 2.30pm
Kindergarten Day offer a service of 6 hours maximum. There is still a choice within this service of attending a 4 hour session each morning or a 2 hour session each afternoon. Please talk with the Head Teacher about your requirements. This kindergarten model allows for extended learning over the day.

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