The Auckland Kindergarten Association oversees 107 centres throughout the city. If you have children or grandchildren at kindy, or would like more contact with little people – this week (August 8-12) is Discover Your Local Kindergarten Week with events taking place at many centres to showcase the wonderful world within.
This week, you are welcome to pop along to their local kindergarten, meet the teachers and see why learning through play is so important for a child’s development. Established in 1908, AKA aims to provide a safe and enriching early childhood learning environment where children can develop as confident and competent learners.
Volunteers are always welcome in kindergartens, so if you feel you have time and skills to share, discuss them with your local kindy teacher – research shows real benefits to both children and older adults when they spend time together. There are many centres where ‘adopted grandparents’ make wonderful contributions – reading, encouraging and generally spending time with the children.
Children are encouraged to express themselves and actively discover, experience and come to understand the world around them while making friends and having a whole lot of fun.
Tanya Harvey CEO of AKA, says: “Everyone is welcome to come along and experience their local kindergarten first-hand, meet our brilliant teachers and see why AKA kindergartens are the natural stepping-stone to primary school and how our educational approach will best equip your children for a life of learning.”
With hours that mirror school hours available across the AKA network, and early childhood education funding for up to 20 hours of subsidised kindergarten education each week, it suits families and children alike. AKA believes that children learn and develop best when they are nurtured and extended by teachers who are responsive and who share an understanding of the world with the children.