Ellen Stevenson
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Nau mai haere mai - Welcome

Here at Ellen Stevenson Kindergarten our practice is embedded in the foundation of our philosophy and understanding of ‘E alofagia oe – You are loved’.  With this foundation tamariki and their whānau are better able to gain a sense of belonging where their wellbeing is met, a place where they feel safe and secure to then be able to unlock all other potential learning opportunities. 

Ellen Stevenson Kindergarten is a homely and peaceful environment where whānaungatanga and manaakitanga are nutured. Where we support tamariki to develop their social-emotional competencies, ability to communicate effectively with others and further explore discovering who they are as their unique and amazing selves, where they come from, their ways of being, their ways of knowing and their ways of doing.  We also recognise that it is through play that ngā tamariki (all children) learn best, have freedom to explore learning through their interests, passions and areas of the curriculum they are naturally drawn too. 

We invite you to come into the kindergarten to see what we are all about, meet the teaching team, to feel what it is like to spend time in our environment and to kōrero (talk) on how we can meet the needs and aspirations of your tamaiti (child) and whānau (family).  Relationships are at the core of what we do and we strive to work in partnership with our families to reach the best learning outcomes for all tamariki.  We look forward to meeting you soon. 

Whānau Welcome Booklet

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Vision and Philosophy

He taonga te mokopuna, kia whāngaia, kia tipu, kia rea.

A child is a treasure, to be nurtured, to grow, to flourish.

The elements that make up our philosophy:

Pikorua — represents the eternal bond between people and cultures. It is a powerful symbol of loyalty, friendship and love, signifying the strength and beauty of enduring friendships. It is also a representation of the enduring and infinite connection with others that we are form over our

The pikorua placed at the centre of this image is also symbolic of our tamaiti. The three twists represent their ways of being, their ways of doing and ways of knowing. Placed to be connected to the aroha and standing strong like the way the harakeke grows and central to the reason our kindergarten exists. We are all surrounded by the past, present and future and acknowledge the value and all the mana, aroha, protection and guidance that come with this.

Harakeke — symbolises our physical place, our land, Flaxmere. Within the Harakeke and placed at the centre of the image directly below the pikorua you will see the rito (child), awhi rito (parent) and the tupuna (grandparents) surrounded by the rest of the flax leaves. This represents the foundation and grouding whänau provide for our tamariki.

Heart shaped koru — encompassing the pikorua and stemming from the harakeke and joining hands is this heart shaped koru. This symbolises the aroha encompasses our tamariki and our kindergarten. We as kaiako are all also strongly aligned with heart space teaching. The manu are also intentional placed taking flight, rising through this part of the design as aff we do is built on a foundation of relationship and aroha.

Manu — There are five manu on the left hand side representing from the bottom to the top: our ancestors (our whakapapa); whänau; ngä kaiako; our Association (HFKA); and our community. All of these people influence; fly alongside and uplift our tamariki.

The five manu of the right hand side represent each of the years in which a child may attend our kindergarten. The manu all take flight upward symbolising the growth of a child while on their journey with us.

Joining Hands —This design is of joint uplifting hands. Here it symbolises being united and connected through authentic and meaningful relationships we are better able to meet learning outcomes for our tamariki successfully.

Spearheads — This motif represents both fisherman and warriors. They are an expression of courage; shelter and adaptability. Everday we see our tamariki grow in courage and adaptability. Here they have been placed on the outer ring also to represent the sense of protection and shelter we provide for our tamariki as we care for them, nurture them and support their growth.

Shark Teeth — These symbolise strength, protection and guidance as well as ferocity. They symbolise adaptability, shelter, power and guiding force.

The use of color — Green represents Papatüänuku and the Blue represents Ranginui.

ERO Quality Evaluation Report


‘Children’s learning is well supported through a culturally rich curriculum. Whānau Māori and Pacific aiga have authentic opportunities to influence and be involved in decision making. Children’s cultural knowledge is valued. Children’s wellbeing and learning needs are well considered. Children’s identities as successful learners are enhanced’.

Hours and Fees

30 hours free early childhood education.

Monday – Friday:

8.30 am – 2.30 pm

  • Term One 2024

    Starts: Thursday 18 January
    Finishes: Friday 12 April

    Statutory Holidays:
    Waitangi Day: Tuesday 6 February
    Good Friday: Friday 29 March
    Easter Monday: Monday 1 April
    ANZAC Day: Thursday 25 April

  • Term Two 2024

    Starts: Monday 29 April
    Finishes: Friday 5 July

    Statutory Holidays:
    King's Birthday: Monday 3 June
    Matariki: Friday 28 June

  • Term Three 2024

    Starts: Monday 22 July
    Finishes: Friday 27 September

  • Term Four 2024

    Starts: Monday 14 October
    Finishes: Thursday 19 December

    Statutory Holidays:
    Hawke's Bay Anniversary: Friday 25 October
    Labour Day: Monday 28 October 

Up to 30 hours free early childhood education when you attest your 20 free hours. Terms and conditions apply. 


Alisha Makea

Kaiako Matua (Head Teacher)

Diploma of Teaching
(Early Childhood Education)
Bachelor of Teaching
(Early Childhood Education)
Major in Professional Education
Bachelor of Sport and Recreation

Tessa Bennett 


Diploma of Teaching
(Early Childhood Education)

Harriette Hutton


Bachelor of Teaching
(Early Childhood Education)

Danielle Hellyer


Bachelor of Teaching
(Early Childhood Education)

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