THIS TERM WE ARE...
This term we are focusing on the children doing what their teachers and leaders ask them to. Teachers and Leaders will support the children and their peers through role modelling and guidance. The maori concept is Kotahitanga and will use the Myth and Legend of Te pakiwaitara ō Nga Tāhora Tokowhitu, The legend of the Seven Whales.
Update to our kindergarten Whānau
Alert Level 1
We have all moved to Alert Level 1.
South Otago Kindergartens welcome back any families who have remained away at previous alert levels. We encourage you all to maintain the good hygiene habits which have become a way of life especially now that it’s winter.
We are a community based Kindergarten that values culture, knowledge and participation from all our families.
We welcome children and their families to come and spend some time in our relaxed, caring environment.
We believe in quality education for all children through interaction, exploration and problem solving.
We support our children to develop independence, friendships and the skills they will use throughout their lives by building strong relationships with our families and community.
We are a sessional Kindergarten with morning, afternoon and school day sessions to support our families needs.
Enrol now or come and visit us on Lanark Street (beside New World)
Morning Sessions Mon/Fri: 9.00 – 1.00
All Day Sessions Monday - Friday 9.00-3.00
Balclutha Kindergarten has introduced an exciting new educational opportunity to their Kindergarten curriculum; SplashQuatics. SplashQuatics is a water-based programme that teaches pre-swimming skills like water safety, moving in and through water, breath control, buoyancy, and submersion, as well as fundamental movement skills like running, jumping, climbing, etc. Kindergarten teachers, Kres Schuurman & Jolene Barclay have undergone training with Swimming New Zealand and lead this programme. Research has found that there are significant benefits for children participating in this sort of programme including developing coordination, memory, confidence, self-esteem, risk-taking, self-regulation, health and well-being just to name a few. Families who are attending the course view it as essential learning for their children given that they live in a community surrounded by beaches, lakes and rivers.
Our Teachers & Families work very hard to raise funds for our Kindergartens environment, resources and equipment. We couldn't have the fantastic environments without all there hard work. But we also are very thankful for our local businesses who support us with their time, produce and grants.
Carmen Gray (Teacher)
Jolene Barclay (Head Teacher)
Karen Sim (Teacher)