TORBAY kindergarten

Nurturing a lifelong passion for discovery and learning

Welcome to Torbay Kindergarten

We welcome you to browse our site or come into our kindergarten and have a look around, meet the teachers and enjoy our warm and friendly environment.

Our History

Torbay Kindergarten is the oldest kindergarten in the East Coast Bays, officially opening on Saturday 31st May 1969 by Mrs P. Dalton, the president of the East Coast Bays Free Kindergarten Association. However Torbay Kindergarten started long before then... In 1947 a private kindergarten was started in the new hall by Miss Wiseman and with her sister, Miss Enid, as a helper. After much fundraising the site and building that is Torbay Kindergarten today was built.

Our Philosophy

We provide a welcoming, safe, caring and fun environment where families and whanau belong and learning, play and well-being are promoted.  Through this, respect and reciprocal relationships are fostered. We value social competency where children’s exploration of the natural environment encourages them to be active in their imagination, self- direction and explore and extend their strengths and interests.

Through good communication with parents/whanau and the local community, a strong partnership is developed.

We see the children as capable and competent. We are responsive to diversity. All children are valued and supported in their unique learning journey, where their potential is recognised and responded to as individuals and nourished by their relationships with others.

As teachers, we see ourselves as facilitators, observers, scaffolders and provocateurs.  Inspired by relationships, research and reflection, we work co-constructively providing opportunities and possibilities to promote children’s interests and learning dispositions. We see ourselves as leaders within our learning community, where we take responsibility, acting as role models for citizenship.  We draw on each other’s strengths (both children’s and teachers) to promote the best learning outcomes for all children.

Our curriculum is woven through our everyday experiences, reflects the principles of Te Whariki and our commitment to creating and maintaining a unique bi-cultural, sustainable environment that reflects Aotearoa New Zealand.

Our Planning

Planning reflects the principles of Te Whaariki by responding to children's interests and funds of knowledge. Through reciprocal relationships we recognise the direction their learning wants to take.   

This is a co-constructive process in which the child and the teacher work together to extend learning exploration and complexity.  We encourage families/whanau to contribute and support this learning process.

Our curriculum is grounded in socio-cultural theory which recognises the importance of social and cultural interactions and experiences of the wider community to a child's learning.

Our planning is illustrated through the analogy of splashes and ripples:  Splashes being the first impact and ripples being the exciting spin-offs.  Sometimes the ripples will merge.

Sustainability at Torbay Kindergarten

At Torbay Kindergarten we weave sustainable/environmental practice through all aspects of our programme.

This is reflected in our beach trips which celebrate our strong links to Waiake Beach, our recycling and bokashi composting system, and our wonderful natural environment including mud pit, earth kitchen and lazy river with rain water tanks.

Our children are surrounded by an environment that they treasure and this in turn nurtures a strong sense of belonging.

Our children learn to respect their surroundings and are acquiring skills that will translate into sustainable lifelong habits.

“Children are born with a sense of wonder and an affinity for Nature. Properly cultivated these values can mature into ecological literacy, and eventually in to sustainable patterns of living”

Zenobia Barlow, “Confluence of Streams”

Our Team

Annie Forbes (Head Teacher), Tania Rogers, Leanne McGhie,  Danielle McNaughton, Claire Rigg(Teachers), Lara Gunn (Admin)

Administrator Hours:

Monday to Friday, 3 hours per day

ERO Report 2015

To view our latest report please follow this link ERO

Kindergarten Hours

Torbay Kindergarten operates a kindergarten day model.  Our children are split into two groups of 40 based on age; older children attend three 6 hour days per week, and younger children attend two 6 hour days per week.  

Older Group Children:        Mon, Tues, Wed 8:30am - 2:30pm

Younger Group Children:  Thur, Fri 8:30am – 2:30pm

We are a 'PEANUT FREE' Kindergarten

We are very mindful of children with food allergies and ask that you do not include any peanuts or peanut products ( peanut butter) in your child's lunchbox.

Our Parent Committee

The committee consists of parents (Mums and Dads) and is a great way to meet new families in the area.   The committee organises our 2 major fundraisers and other fun family activities throughout the year. We charge a fundraising amount ($15 a term) as part of our donations which means we are not asking families to participate in fundraising all year round. Fundraising is organised for the purpose of covering the shortfalls in running costs, for the purchasing of equipment and resources for the children as well as any large projects we want to undertake.

The committee meet monthly at the Kindergarten, and all are welcome to attend. There is  a copy of the minutes and other useful information on our noticeboard (just inside the door) at Kindergarten.

Further Information

For more on our kindergarten, please visit our blog

What parents say...

"We have been welcomed so well, and my son is loving his time at kindy and talks about so many new and fun experiences and amazing teachers!"

"Lovely caring teachers, wide range of activities and facilities available"

"The teachers are excellent and make every child feel welcome and supported. I currently have my second child enrolled and will definitely send my youngest too."

Get in Touch

141 Deep Creek Road



P: (09) 473 9340