Carterton Kindergarten

Working with you

Our programmes focus on providing experiences that will develop your child based on their interests and experiences.  Our teachers welcome the chance to talk with you about your child - and appreciate what you can share with them about your child's life outside kindergarten.

Being involved

Our philosophy reflects the importance placed on nurturing children to become confident & competent lifelong learners. A particular emphasis on revisiting learning supports children to view themselves as capable, self-directed learners. Positive relationships between children are fostered and teachers actively engage with children to extend their thinking and problem solving skills. We are innovative with information and communication technology (ICT) incorporating it into children's learning experiences. We also place a strong emphasis on literacy & numeracy learning.

Quality at kindergarten

At all our kindergartens the teaching team will provide  your child with a high quality learning experience.  Our team of Senior Teachers provides regular professional support to the teaching team as part of our quality approach .  Our kindergartens are regularly reviewed by the Education Review Office (ERO).  You can read the latest ERO report for this kindergarten here. 





3 Victoria Street, Carterton


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   2015 Term Dates
Term 1 Jan 20 April 2
Term 2 April 20 July 3
Term 3 July 20 Sept 25
Term 4 Oct 12 Dec 18


Mon - Fri  8.30 - 1.30


Helen Waldron
06 379 8102
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Carterton Kindergarten

Our vision at Carterton Kindergarten is for children to experience an innovative environment where they develop the confidence to take risks and pursue new ideas.

Five key value statements underpin our teaching and learning programme and guide how we approach assessment, planning and evaluation of children’s learning. These key values are: relationships, empowerment, community, environment, & revisiting learning.

Teachers and families work together to ensure children experience a well-resourced environment that promotes learning and supports children’s individual and group interests. We have an art studio and engage an artist each term to support and extend children’s creativity. Sustainable practices such as recycling, gardening, harvesting, making paper bricks & worm farming are a regular part of our programme. Parents actively support teachers to offer a cooking experience to children twice a week. Te reo and tikanga practices are woven into our programme and daily kotahitanga sessions provide an opportunity to acknowledge and celebrate our families, our uniqueness and our bicultural heritage. Frequent excursions are made into the community and visitors are invited to the kindergarten to enrich children’s learning through the sharing of knowledge and skills. Children’s successful transition to school is a priority and is promoted through our learning programme and through regular contact with Carterton School.

Our Teaching Team

We are a team made up of five fully qualified early childhood teachers and an administrator. We all work closely together to provide quality education for children in our community.

Head Teacher Helen Waldron
Teaching Team

Renae Hare

Renee Hawkins

Nelly Kendall-Carpenter

Jill Konise


Vicky Rice