Havelock North Central
Havelock North Central
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Free Hours*

*conditions apply

Nau mai haere mai - Welcome

We would like to welcome you into our beautiful kindergarten nestled in the heart of the Havelock north village. Our tamariki are the heart of the matter and therefore our role as kaiako (teachers) is to work alongside them, nurturing, growing and providing learning experience unique to each child and their needs, strengths and interests.  Our teachers (kaiako) are a fully trained and very experienced team, who are committed to making your childs’ experience at kindergarten and journey of learning, a positive one. 

Visitors often comment on the relaxed and peaceful feeling they get when they come to our kindergarten and we believe this has been created over the years through the synergy we have created as a team and the value that we put on providing the very best educational learning outcomes and spaces for tamariki.

Whānau is valued at our kindergarten and Manaakitanga,and whānaungatanga are evident in the connections and interactions that we have with each and every family who attends here.  You are a valued part of our kindergarten whānau. 

For tamariki to be able to develop, learn and grow they need an environment that is conducive to this. We welcome all people to come and see for themselves the amazing spaces we have to do this. We work within an Enviroschools lens to provide an environment that promotes sustainability, diversity, values culture, is safe and promotes exploration, creativity and a place where tamariki can really discover who they are and the wonderful things that they are capable of.

Tamariki are supported here to be confident and independent learners who can make a valued contribution from what they bring to the world.  We work with the unique strengths that your child brings with them when they start, and grow, support and develop these throughout their kindergarten journey, moving towards a transition to school plan before they head off on their continuing journey to school.  We maintain close links to our local primary schools and work in collaboration with teachers and students there too.

Please call in and visit us anytime, you are always welcome.

Whānau Welcome Booklet

HNC booklet pic

Vision and Philosophy

Our vision at Havelock North Central Kindergarten is to be leaders in learning,  providing authentic learning experiences that empower tamariki to be the very best version of themselves.

We aspire for our tamariki to be successful learners who reach their full potential. 

 Our curriculum is supported by manaakitanga, whanaungatanga and the strengths and passions of the tamariki, teachers, family and community. We acknowledge what everyone brings with them. Our kindergarten reflects a sense of joy, aroha and exploration in body, mind and spirit. This practice is embedded in our mindfulness culture.

Manaakitanga- hospitality, kindness, generosity and support 

Whanuangātanga- Relationship, kinship and sense of family connection 

Philosophy Indicators 

He Tamaiti     

We are unique here. We are respected for who we are and what we bring with us...from our past, our present and into our future.    

We are connected here. Each of us know we have a place. Our ideas are valued and acknowledged. We use our imagination.    

We are expressive here. We have a voice and communicate in many ways through things such as conversation, song, dance movement and ways of being.    

We are loved here. We are the heart of the matter. It’s unconditional.    

We are strong here. We have the power to express ourselves to our full potential. Energy to create and be original. We are challenged to be the best we can be and take responsible risks.   

We are creative here. Our ideas are respected and encouraged to grow and blossom. Our emotions are fostered through mindful interactions.    

We are safe here. We know we have a place and will be well cared for and nurtured.   

ERO Quality Evaluation Report


‘Children’s learning and development is well supported through learning -focused partnerships. Children’s developing social and emotional competencies are fostered through intentional teaching strategies.’

Hours and Fees

30 hours free early childhood education.

Monday – Friday:

8.15 am – 2.15 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. 



Frances Blake

Kaiako Matua (Head Teacher)

Bachelor of Education
(Early Childhood Education)
Diploma of Teaching
(Early Childhood Education)

Ange Jasmin


Bachelor of Education
(Early Childhood Education)
Diploma of Teaching
(Early Childhood Education)

Julie Millner


Bachelor of Education
(Early Childhood Education)
Diploma of Teaching
(Early Childhood Education)

Julia Morgan


Bachelor of Education
(Early Childhood Education)
Diploma of Teaching
(Early Childhood Education)

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