Andersons’ Bay Community Kindergarten is open Monday to Friday, from 8:15am - 2:45pm. We are open during school holidays with a close down period over Christmas.
Children attend a minimum of 4.5 hours per day. Most children arrive between 8:15am and 9:00am, and go home at either 1:00pm or 2:45pm.
Children can begin at Andy Bay Kindy at age 2. We frequently have children stay on at kindy after their fifth birthdays and we are very supportive of this practise, as we acknowledge that children develop at different rates, and we excel at meeting the unique needs of each child.
No fees for over 3's:
We offer FREE education for children 3 years old and over!
For children under 3, the rate is $3.00 per hour.
Days of Attendance
There is no upper or lower limit on the number of days a child may attend our kindy - come just one day, or all five! Most of our children start coming 2 - 3 days a week at the age of three, increasing to 4 - 5 days a week by age four.
Each day generally follows a basic routine where a wide range of activities are offered.
On arrival, children are free to choose what they do, and often develop their own routines. Some read with a teacher or parent, others head straight to the bikes, sandpit and climbing equipment. Some make a beeline for a special friend, or rush to explore the day's art activities. Parents and caregivers are welcome to stay as long as they like!
A short informal group time is held at about 10.15am before morning tea. This may involve such activities as reading, stories, singing etc.
Another short group time is held at the end of the session.
At all times the children are given the opportunity to take part in activities that centre around pre-writing and pre-numeracy skills, including music, collage, painting, family corner, puzzles, books, woodwork, tactile experiences, etc.
Baking sessions, along with walks and trips, add variety to the programme.
Our kindergarten is a community kindergarten. We believe it is important to involve family/whanau and the community in the education of your child, and we provide opportunities for you to share in your child’s time and education at kindergarten.
Parents provide morning tea and lunch for their child. Please follow the guidelines in our Nutrition Policy. Filtered water is available throughout the session.