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Frequently asked questions

Have a question about Kindergarten?

Here is a list of the most common questions we are asked. If it's not here, please feel free to contact a kindergarten or the association directly and we'll be happy to answer it for you.

1. What’s the difference between kindergarten and other ECE’s?

2. What makes kindergarten special or unique?

3. What does the kindergarten environment offer for my child?

4. How does kindergarten support the individual needs of your children?

5. When should I enrol my child?

6. How do I choose a kindergarten?

7. What age does my child have to be to attend Kindergarten?

8. How much does it cost?

9. How do I enrol?

10. What are the kindergarten hours?

11. Do I have to stay with my child?

12. How often does my child have to attend?

13. Does my child need to be toileted trained to attend?

14. Does my child need to be immunised to attend kindergarten?

15. What are the term dates?

16. Are the teachers qualified?

 

1. What’s the difference between kindergarten and other ECE’s?

As a Not for Profit organisation we are passionate to ensure that all funding is spent on what is best for children.

Marlborough Kindergarten Association is committed to sustaining a high level of professional learning within our teaching teams and that all teachers focus on their attainment of excellence when teaching your child.  Our teachers are provided with professional support and regular professional development in current learning theory and teaching practice.

2. What makes kindergarten special or unique?

We actively encourage and welcome community and family involvement in our kindergartens. This strengthens children’s learning and increases whanau understanding about how their child learns.

Our partnerships with parents and local schools support effective transition to school for children.

All the Kindergartens are Enviroschools which means children are gaining knowledge about caring for the world around them.

3. What does the kindergarten environment offer for my child?

High quality educational programmes with great teachers and well resourced learning environments.

Kindergarten play environments foster children’s learning and development.  They invite children’s exploration, encourage their social interactions and enrich their creativity.  Our outdoor areas offer wide open spaces and a challenging range of equipment and educational resources designed to facilitate all aspects of children’s learning.

4. How does kindergarten support the individual needs of your children?

If your child has special learning or development needs, we work closely with you to provide them with the very best learning opportunities.  We employ a specialist support teacher who can offer additional support for you and your child. We work in partnership with other agencies for support and guidance.

5. When should I enrol my child?

As early as 2 years of age or when you decide which kindergarten to attend. Early enrolment ensures you will be advised when a place becomes available.

6. How do I choose a kindergarten?

It’s important that you choose a kindergarten that suits you and your family.  We suggest you visit several kindergartens to find one that suits you best.  Just phone and make a time with one of the teachers. You’ll find the contact details for each kindergarten from here.

7. What age does my child have to be to attend Kindergarten?

Depending on the waiting lists children will start attending at around 2 years 6 months.

8. How much does it cost?

We believe kindergarten should be accessible to all children. Children under 3 years are not charged at our kindergartens.  

We offer the Government’s 20 hours ECE scheme for children aged between 3 years and 6 years.  Children between the ages of 3 and 6 years, who attest their 20 hours ECE will not be charged.

If you choose not to attest your 20 hours ECE, and your child is over 3 years, you will be charged a fee of $5 per unattested hour. For more information about the 20hours ECE scheme - link

9. How do I enrol?

Feel free to visit our kindergartens to enrol your child.  If you would like further information, or to be sent an enrolment form please download this form.

10. What are the kindergarten hours?

Renwick and Witherlea Kindergartens offer morning and afternoon sessions. Mayfield, Picton, Redwoodtown, Seymour and Springlands off longer school day sessions.

11. Do I have to stay with my child?

We encourage you to stay with your child to settle him/her into the session.  Kindergarten teachers will work with you to ensure your child has a happy transition to kindergarten life.

You will need to stay with your child if visiting and before your child is officially enrolled.

12. How often does my child have to attend?

Kindergartens are funded by the Ministry of Education based on child attendance. There are regulations around how often a child must attend sessions in order to be eligible to receive funding.  

13. Does my child need to be toileted trained to attend?

No, your child does not have to be toilet trained to attend kindergarten.

14. Does my child need to be immunised to attend kindergarten?

No, we welcome all children however Regulations require us to sight children’s immunization records.

15. What are the term dates?

Our terms are similar to those for local primary schools. These are listed for you here.

16. Are the teachers qualified?

Yes, all our teachers are fully qualified with a minimum of a Diploma in Early Childhood Teaching (ECE).  They are also registered with the New Zealand Teachers Council and hold current first aid certificates.