Kia Ora, 你好, hallo, 안녕하세요 and welcome to Browns Bay Taiaotea Kindergarten. Our kindergarten is situated in the heart of Browns Bay and we are fortunate to look out across the beautiful Freyberg Park. Browns Bay is called home by people from around the world and our community’s unique multi-cultural heritage is an important and respected part of who we are at Taiaotea.
We are a team of passionate kaiako (teachers) who are patient, calm and respectful. We take time in getting to know our tamariki (children) and their whānau (families) through listening to what is important to them, acknowledging that the wairuatanga (spirit) of the child and their whānau needs regular nourishment and support. This enables us to provide individual learning programmes that ensure tamariki get the most out of their early childhood education before transitioning onto school.
Through research and planning we create inviting, stimulating and innovative environments where sustainable practices and thinking are fostered. These values are at the heart of our practice and strongly embedded within our kindergarten philosophy alongside Te Whāriki, (the Early Childhood Curriculum), tikanga (ways of being), and dispositional learning. We are part of Enviroschools and have an ongoing learning programme to ensure our tamariki become guardians of their environment.
Engaging with our local community is a key focus of our kindergarten with regular excursions out into the Browns Bay community to explore our local landmarks, make use of local facilities and build strong connections. We encourage our tamariki to manaaki, show kindness and respect to, all they meet and engage with as they explore our local taonga (treasures).