Douglas Street, Hawera 4610



Monday to Friday: 8:30am – 2:30pm



The staff at Tawhiti Kindergarten consists of a teaching team of four,  a Kindergarten Administrator and a Teacher Aide.

The group size is a maximum of 30 children aged 2- 6 years.



Ph (06) 278 6085 | Mobile (027) 724 7745 | tawhiti@kindergartentaranaki.co.nz



Now offering 30 hours free for all children over the age of two.


A fee of $6.00 per hour applies if you have attested any of your 20 ECE hours at another service

Last day for 2021

  • Tuesday 21 December


Term one:  Wednesday 19 January –  to Friday 15 July

Term two:  Monday 25 July  to Wednesday 21  December

Kindergarten closed: 

  • Tuesday 19 April
  • Friday 29 April
  • Monday 18 to Friday 22 July
  • Monday 3 October

Kindergarten closed for Public Holidays: 

  • Monday 7 February
  • Monday 14 March
  • Friday 15 April
  • Monday 18 April
  • Monday 25 April
  • Monday 6 June
  • Friday 24 June
  • Monday 24 October

What makes Tawhiti Kindergarten special…

  • Inclusion is an intricate part of our daily practices. We aspire to promote inclusion through, positive behaviour, positive reciprocal communication, effective listening, and nurture children/family/whānau  sense of self and belonging.
  • Respect and responsibility underpins our pedagogy teaching practices.
  • We have an open door policy where family and whanau are warmly welcomed and invited to participate in our daily programme, whereby we develop reciprocal relationships will all members of our kindergarten.
  • We are a diverse team that come together with our own strengths and interests; we work collaboratively sharing our existing knowledge, values, beliefs and ideas.
  • As teachers we seek to model a holistic, positive approach to each child’s learning and development which promotes confidence, high self- esteem, independence and happiness.
  • We aspire to continually move forward to provide high quality education for children, where teachers and children learn with and alongside each another.
  • We have a unique buddy system with Tawhiti primary school, which  aids in the transition process.

Be part of your child’s education