“You may not be aware that recently the Government has agreed to paying all Kindergarten teachers pay parity with primary and secondary school teachers.  Unfortunately, the teachers at Country Kids are not classed as Kindergarten teachers although we still have to have the same qualifications to be certified under the early childhood council and work with the same curriculum.  We feel very frustrated, as do all early childhood educators,  that the Government has made this decision.  Therefore there is a petition circulating to address this and we would appreciate your support by signing this.”

 

Many thanks!  J



Vision

 

Whenuakite Country Kids is a place where children connect with their communities, are nurtured into forming strong relationships and learn respect and acceptance of all who learn and play in their environments.

Philosophy

 

Country kids is a rural, not for profit, community based centre.

We are surrounded by nature and therefore our curriculum is inspired by the nature that surrounds us and the many outdoors experiences that children and whanau experience.

 

We pride ourselves on ensuring that everyone has a voice in our centre, being inclusive of all children's families and whanau culture, religion, socio-economic backgrounds, interests and individual needs. Our curriculum reflects such diversity.

 

Our curriculum is underpinned by Te Whāriki: He whāriki mātauranga mō ngā mokopuna o Aotearoa Early childhood curriculum. (MOE, 2017)

We believe that tamariki learn best through feeling loved and accepted in a nurturing and secure environment that reflects their culture, language and identity.

Empowerment - Whakamana

Holistic development - Kotahitanga

Family and community - Whānau tangata

Relationships - Ngā hononga


Hours

  • WCK is open 5 days per week from 8am-4pm (excluding public holidays).
  • School holidays; Terms 2 & 3 - the centre closes the first week of each holiday period only.
  • WCK is operational the second week of the school holidays. During Christmas holidays however, WCK closes for 2 weeks plus statutory holidays.
  • We welcome enquiries/visitors between 10am - 11:30am.  If this does not suit, feel free to telephone us for an alternative time.

Holidays 2019  Closure Dates

 

TERM 1 2019

Closed Monday 28th January 2019 (Auckland Anniversary Day) Closed Wednesday 6th Feb 2019 (Waitangi Day)
Closed Friday 19th April 2019 (Good Friday)
Closed Monday 22nd April 2019 (Easter Monday)

 

TERM 2 2019

Closed Thursday 25th April 2019 (ANZAC Day)

Closed Monday 3rd June 2019 (Queen's Birthday)

Closed for week Monday 8th July 2019 Reopening Monday 15th July 2019

 

CHRISTMAS HOLIDAYS 2019/2020

Closing at 4pm on Thursday 19th December 2019 Reopening TBC

Contact us

07 866 3360