Ruahine Kindergartens

Welcome to Awapuni Kindergarten

Kia Ora and welcome to Awapuni Kindergarten, an inclusive learning environment where parents and whanau are valued as partners in their children's learning.

 

Our connections with Awapuni School and kohanga allow for shared activities and events, enriching and extending children's learning and easing the transition to primary.

Our kindergarten is licensed for 40 children and offers a place where whanau can join their children to share knowledge and discoveries. We place emphasis on creating healthy minds and bodies, which is supported by our sustainable garden where we grow and harvest foo

Regular attendance at kindergarten is important for your child's learning and growth, but we understand that this is sometimes a challenge.  At Awapuni, we have a van, fitted with high quality safety additions such as the Britax children’s car seats and a reversing camera.  This service is available to those children who might not be able to attend otherwise.

We look forward to welcoming you and your child into our community of learners.

Session Times

Monday - Friday
8.30am - 2.30pm

 

Contact Us

Address:
20 Alexander Street
Palmerston North

Phone: 06 357 6380
Email: awapuni@ruahinekindergartens.org.nz

Click here to Enrol

 

What Our Whānau Say

"Although our daughter is really shy she absolutely loves to kindergarten. She talks about it a lot and can already write her name, which is so cool for us to see."

"This is the home away from home for our child. She needs and thrives on the social interactions and learning that she receives here."

"They are respectful and have smiles on their faces. I’m very impressed with the staff at the kindy."

Awapuni Kindergarten News

Meet Moko
Meet Moko

Gifted to Awapuni Kindergarten by a friend from the community, who is also a vet nurse, a blue tongue lizard is providing the kindergarten children with the opportunity to learn about nurturing and caring for wildlife. Children’s ideas for naming the lizard were written on card, with children voting for Moko, the Pacific Island word for lizard.

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Over the school fence
Over the school fence

Awapuni School and Awapuni Kindergarten met during Term One to develop ideas for strengthening the school and kindergarten relationship. The kindergarten has taken eight of their oldest children over to the school, joining in the new entrant class’ literacy programme one-hour sessions. Recently they worked on their phonics and the letter h.

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Kids lap up fresh-food message
Kids lap up fresh-food message

The long-term benefits of proper nutrition and its direct link to the development of young minds and bodies are well known. While recent publicity around poverty, empty family fridges and limited school lunches, has highlighted a need, there’s been minimal discussion on the effects at the early childhood age.

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International Book Giving Day
International Book Giving Day

February 14th is International Book Giving Day; a day dedicated to getting new, used and borrowed books into the hands of as many children as possible. The day was celebrated at Awapuni Kindergarten with a special visit from neighbouring Awapuni School students, who have previously attended the kindergarten.

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Sustainable garden growing young minds
Sustainable garden growing young minds

Awapuni Kindergarten’s newly established sustainable garden was blessed on Friday 17 May, highlighting the journey of the kindergarten’s children, teachers and whanau’s learning, as well as honouring the historical name of Te Kakano, gifted to the kindergarten many years ago.

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