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


Term one: Monday 22 January to Friday 12 July

Term two: Monday 22 July to Friday 20 December


Kindergarten closed: 

Tuesday 6 February
Monday 11 March, Friday 29 March
Monday 1 April
Friday 19 April (Teacher Professional Development day)
Thursday 25 April
Monday 3 June, Friday 28 June
Monday 15 to Friday 19 July
Monday 2 September (Teacher Professional Development day)
Monday 28 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.

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