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Our learning programmes are designed to encourage your child's thinking and curiosity

Kindergartens are very busy places - there’s a lot going on every day. Our core programme provides a wide range of daily activities to help your child develop a variety of skills, including music and movement, language and literature, science and nature, art and painting, carpentry and construction, physically active play, sensory activities, sand and water, maths, collage, puzzles and blocks, dramatic play and ICT (computers, digital cameras).


Combining their professional knowledge with what they observe, our teachers develop programmes to meet your child’s specific learning needs - then work alongside them to extend their strengths, abilities and interests. Together with you, they will review these programmes on a regular basis. This ensures they offer the very best resources and guidance for your child to develop and learn through play – using topics that interest them and capture their imagination.


All our activities and programmes reflect the cultural diversity of families attending our kindergartens. At times these will be supplemented by visits from positive community role models and performers, as well as excursions to places of interest.


Hutt City Kindergartens’ learning programmes are based on the national Early Childhood Curriculum, Te Whāriki.

Te Whāriki provides the basis for a programme that is woven together from the strands of ...


  • Well-being
  • Contribution
  • Exploration
  • Belonging
  • Communication


Recognising the learning partnership that exists between teachers, parents and families, Te Whāriki provides an ideal preparation for school and links to the essential learning areas of the primary school curriculum: 

  • Language and literature
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Technology
  • Social sciences
  • The arts
  • Health and physical education


Te Whāriki is founded on the following aim for children ... 

To grow up as competent and confident learners and communicators, healthy in mind, body, and spirit, secure in their sense of belonging and in the knowledge that they make a valued contribution to society.