Welcome to Poppies Kindergarten
…supporting healthy “roots to grow and wings to fly”…
Poppies Kindergarten has been proudly operating within the Remuera community for over 30 years. Our aim at Poppies is to offer young children a high quality introduction to a happy and successful life of learning. Numerous generations of families in the area have spent their early days here.
The Poppies Kindergarten session runs from 8:30am-3pm for ages 2-6 years and we are licenced for just 40 children. We are a privately owned family run kindy staffed by dedicated and passionate, qualified teachers.
Poppies is located on the sunny corner of Shore Road and Hapua Street, with sweeping views across the road to Thomas Bloodworth Park and we feel very fortunate to be able to explore the natural environment of this local park on our doorstep.
Our facilities have been purpose built and designed to be welcoming and to stimulate children’s creative learning and development whilst ensuring their safety and comfort.
The design and layout of our centre promotes indoor/outdoor flow, with large bifold doors folded back to flow out to our playground. Poppies castle is nestled under a large mature tree offering a natural source of shade over the sandpit and mudpie kitchen.
We also have an enormous space upstairs for the performing arts and extra-curricular activities. This specialist environment offers opportunities to engage in music, singing, dance and dramatic play, to build confidence and oral language skills. Regular storybook yoga and gym sessions provide physical activity during rainy days.
The programme at Poppies has been carefully designed to support and teach young children self confidence and social skills to make friends for life. The programme intends to guide, encourage and support all children into developing their full potential. It ensures a balance of child initiated and teacher directed activities. Our dedicated educators take great pride in preparing well resourced environments that are both stimulating and challenging for learning in all areas of the curriculum – Early Literacy, Maths, Science, Arts, Social Science, Health and Technology. We believe that learning should be an adventure filled with wonder, creativity, imagination and discovery.
We offer a specialised Transition to School program two afternoons per week, in a separate classroom, taken by trained Primary School and ECE Teachers.
Our aim is to ensure your children are well prepared and confident to start school, with a solid foundation in the academic skills of early literacy & numeracy, as well as social skills. We introduce children to the idea of applying themselves to a task and remaining focused on it right through to completion. We regularly receive positive feedback from parents about their child’s successful start to school.
We understand that choosing the right preschool for your child to start their educational journey is one of the most important decisions your family will make. Our job is to build strong foundations, enabling your child to succeed and thrive in life. Please drop in and see us for a tour of Poppies and to view our program in action.