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Waterloo Kindergarten - Our team

 

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Address 99 Trafalgar Street, Waterloo, Lower Hutt 5010
Phone 04 920 9838
Fax 04 920 9839
Email waterloo@huttkindergartens.org.nz

Group size 

Mornings 40, School Day 30

 

Session Times
Morning Session  

M - F:  8.30am - 12.45pm
School Day  

M, T, Th: 8.30am - 2.30pm

 

 

Head Teacher: Nichola Gilmour
Teaching Team:

Anna Kinsman

Christina Woolloff

Penny Harford

Administrator: Kerrie Whatton
Teacher Support: Kaitlyn Whatton

 

Nichola, Anna, Chris, Penny, administrator Kerrie and Teacher Support Kaitlyn embrace each tamaiti for who they are and what knowledge, skills, abilities and beliefs they bring to kindergarten. Their uniqueness and individuality is a treasure to be valued, celebrated and affirmed. Care, empathy and kindness are key virtues that we value and practice at our kindergarten, providing an environment where tamariki know that they are safe, cared for, respected and valued.
We have all undertaken the Incredible Years programme. Key components of this programme underpin our practices and align with our philosophy, with fostering positive relationships being a key aspect.
Our team’s intended outcomes align with our Early Childhood Curriculum Te Whariki “for children to grow as competent and confident learners”. Our teaching is child led and we plan our programme based on children’s current and emerging interests. We use strategies to promote and challenge children’s thinking, developing their working theories for making sense of the natural, social physical and material worlds.
We enjoy gardening and promoting sustainability at our kindergarten. Tamariki have opportunities to be involved in these experiences. 
We have a good relationship with our local school, Waterloo, establishing a positive transition to school process for tamariki enrolled at this school.


Our Philosophy:


At Waterloo Kindergarten we:

• embrace and value the uniqueness and individuality of each child
• focus on building positive relationships with each other, the children and their families and whanau and promote and model open, honest ongoing communication
• create an inclusive environment that is warm, responsive, fun, and caring 
• empower children to see themselves as capable, competent, creative learners
• value play as a tool for teaching and learning and provide equitable learning opportunities for all the children 
• value planned and spontaneous teaching opportunities
• assess, plan and evaluate the children’s development and their learning in partnership with the children and their families and whanau
• acknowledge and value the Treaty of Waitangi as a living document and embrace this into our programme
• care for the environment
• value the need for on-going professional development