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Minimise Waste, Maximise Thinking and Creativity 

As part of our commitment to sustainable practices and minimising waste here at Albany Kindergarten, we have been exploring what happens to waste when it leaves kindergarten – where does it go?

The Auckland City Council has developed a waste minimisation centre where the wider public are able to have opportunities to experience and explore the notion of rethinking waste as a resource.

Located at the Waitakere refuse transfer station in Henderson we were fortunate to be able to visit this special place on Wednesday 14th September 2016.

Drawing upon the knowledge that we have gained from this experience we wonder what aspects we can consider with our own waste minimisation and repurposing here at AK. We envisage that this trip will provide an ongoing catalyst for us to revise and re think our own rubbish and recycling practices.

We also hope to re develop our own waste wise centre here at kindergarten.

The process is underway… Recently one of the garden areas at the front of kindergarten has been undergoing a transformation. Plants from this part of the garden have been dug up and re planted. We have also moved our recycling bins, waste and garden bins into this space.

We hope that by making our recycling and waste efforts ‘more visible’ this will prompt us to better care for the world around us. It will also convey to the wider community what be believe and value here at Kindergarten.

As an Enviroschool Kindergarten we believe that it is important for the next generation to explore and develop practices and thinking that will enable Papatuanuku to be kept safe and healthy. The teaching team look forward to working with the children in designing our own waste zone.

A little about our kindergartens....

Kindergarten is a service offering early childhood education. Our kindergartens have traditionally provided sessional hours. The staff to child ratio for kindergarten is 1 teacher : 10 children. Kindergarten caters for children between 2 and a half and 5 years of age.

One of the biggest differences to other early childhood providers is that our Association employs only registered teachers to deliver the curriculum. A registered teacher in NZ holds a Diploma in Teaching (ECE) or similar qualification, with a minimum of three years training.

A little about our early learning centres....

Our early learning centres are all day services catering for children from 6 months to 5 years of age.  The staff to child ratio for over 2 year olds  is 1 teacher : 10 children and in the infant and toddler area 1 teacher : 4 children.

Our early learning centres are open from early morning to early evening and often accommodate parents who have long work hours and/or lengthy commutes .

Our Early Learning Centres incorporate the philosophies of kindergarten, including employing all registered teachers and focusing on early childhood education.

Annual report 2015

The Association's Annual Report is available to download.

Fees and ECE Funding

The primary form of government funding for our kindergartens and early learning centres is the ECE funding subsidy. This contributes to our costs by paying for part of each hour each child spends in our care to a maximum of 6 hours per day/30 hours per week. This subsidy does not meet the full cost of our kindergartens and early learning centres as the government expects the costs to be shared with parents.

All our kindergartens and early learning centres offer 20 Hours ECE funding. 

The hours that your child attends may also be subject to a fees payment should you not qualify for the Government's "20 Hours" ECE or in the event your child attends longer than 20 hours per week. For more information please see the fees policies for kindergartens and early learning centres.

Work and Income make quality childcare more affordable for families -especially if you need a bit of extra help so you can work and prepare for a working future. If approved, they grant you financial assistance from the date you first contact them, if you complete your application within 20 working days of that date. Work and Income for more information on Work  and Income.

Promoting sustainable environments

We support sustainability across our organisation from teaching and educational practices to building design and maintenance. 

Many of our services are Enviroschools participants. Check out our Parent Information page for more details about what we're doing or the Enviroschools website on the link below.

Our Philosophy on Education

We believe that all children and their families/whanau are unique and reject a 'one size fits all' approach to education, believing instead that a child's individual learning plan should be tailored to the child's individual needs. Parents, as experts on their child, work with teachers, the experts on education to assess each child and ensure programme design provides opportunities for the child to extend their existing knowledge and skill and develop attributes such as perseverance, resilience and curiosity that are critical to learning*. We believe that children deserve nothing less than the best qualified, most competent teachers available. We know that the quality of interactions between children and our highly skilled teachers is one of the most important factors in a childs learning and furture educational development.

Your child will experience a range of stimulating, challenging and  learning environments and learn a range of life skills including:

* Taking responsiblilty, developing independence and confidence

* Being involved in groups with other learners and teachers

* Sharing and exploring their understanding of people, places and things

* Expressing ideas and feeling and having theses acknowledged and extended

* Early reading, writing, science, maths and social studies

* Social skills - negotiating, turn taking, co-operation, conflict resolution

* Respect for other cultures, languages and traditions

* Research shows that active adult participation in ECE enhances child-learning outcomes. 

In a study carried out from 2010 to 2012 in Whanganui by a partnership between the Whanganui Central Baptist Kindergarten and Early Learning Centres, and researchers, Judith Duncan (University of Canterbury) and Sarah Te One (Victoria University of Wellington) and funded by the NZ Teaching and Learning Research Initiative (NZCER) a new way of accessing learning outcomes in early childhood education that includes families, parents and community was discussed.

We are a member of New Zealand Kindergartens Incorporated, the umbrella body organisation representing 25 regional kindergarten associations nation-wide.