Nau mai, haere mai, whakatau mai
a small seed, yet indeed a great treasure
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Welcome to our Early childcare centre
Whakatipuria te kākano, kia pihi, kia puāwai!
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Te Puna Reo o Ngā Kākano early childcare centre
He kākano i ruia mai i Rangiatea
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Ko ō Mātou Kaupapa

We are a whānau orientated centre that prides itself on providing positive experiences for tamariki and their whānau.  We are kaupapa Māori focused and promote te reo and tikanga Māori in all our centre activities.  

As an Enviroschool partner (Silver accredited), Kaitiakitanga is also an important part of our daily routine and practises that our tamariki participate in.  



Caring: we offer care and support in the development and learning of tamariki and their whānau. We will demonstrate manaakitanga in all interactions and engagements with manuhiri, whānau and tamariki and the environment


Empowerment: we will offer a choice based curriculum that supports tamariki self determination to develop at their own pace and that celebrates every child's achievements


Relationships: we will build strong relationships and connections with tamariki, whānau and the hapori that are enduring


Guardianship: we will respect and care for our environment (natural, physical) as guardians and advocates for sustainable practises


Respect: we will value the contributions of all staff and whānau to enable respectful interactions for self, others and the environment.


Enjoyment: we will ensure our Centre environment is a fun place to work and play.

Ngā wāhi ako

We provide an environment where tamariki are allowed and supported to discover as much as possible on their own.  We operate three distinct groups:  Kākano, Pihi and Puāwai.


Kākano is our dedicated upstairs space for pēpi under two years old.  


Pihi is our transition group for tamariki two to three years old.  


Puāwai is our tuakana group for tamariki over three years old. 

Ngā Rauemi

Our tamariki love to sing!  We have provided a number of our karakia, waiata and kupu lists to help whānau reinforce te reo Māori within the home.  


We have a number of karakia that tamariki learn depending on the time of the day and or the time of the year.


We have an extensive range of well-known and less known waiata that tamariki learn at the centre.   

Ngā kupu awhina

We have a range of word lists that can help you practice te reo Māori with your tamariki. 

Mō ngā Mātua

Check out the parents page for information on centre policies and procedures, past ERO reports, research reports and other ECE related information. 

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Phone: 04 499 7661
238 Thorndon Quay Thorndon Wellington
Mon-Fri 08:00am - 18:00pm
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