St Andrew’s Chilton Kindergarten, located behind the Howick Presbyterian Church at 11 Vincent Street, Howick, is first and foremost an educational kindergarten, licensed for children aged two and a half to five years old. We have an extensive range of resources available for our children, and see our children as active learners. Our philosophy encompasses attributes such as:
We provide a warm, fun, inclusive, nurturing, stimulating, challenging, safe and rewarding environment.
Our values are based on the Christian Faith to encourage, support and model in an atmosphere of peace and acceptance.
As a team we will work in partnership with parents; showing mutual respect and communicating with openness and honesty.
We provide an open door policy for all families.
We provide a self-choice programme with a minimum of structure to enhance each session.
We believe play is a natural learning opportunity for children to learn and respect it as their work.
Our programme planning, assessment and evaluation will reflect the children’s strengths, interests, and experiences. Their views of the world will be celebrated and acknowledged, giving the children the opportunity to experience socio-cultural learning and to develop their potential.
The children are our primary focus. We support each child’s uniqueness and their exclusive set of capabilities by providing an environment that is flexible and responsive, allowing children to make choices, learn through play, follow their interest, and participate in individual and group activities.
The principles, strands and goals of Te Whariki (the Early Childhood Curriculum) are reflected through the programme we provide for all the children.
We respect and value the children’s voices and the contribution they make to their own learning.
We honour and acknowledge New Zealand’s bi-cultural heritage.
All cultures and backgrounds will be celebrated, accepted and respected.
We believe in enhancing each child’s self-esteem and confidence.
The teaching team make contributions to all aspects of the kindergarten, respond flexibly to spontaneous events and are passionate about teaching.
As professionals, we are committed to professional development and support within the team. The teaching team participate in many professional development opportunities throughout the year to continually develop and enhance their skills.
We see our role as not only preparing children for school but also preparing them for life.
We have individual extension programmes for all four year old children to assist them in preparing for school.