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Delight at Extra Funding for Early Childhood Education

Young children will benefit from the latest Government announcement to restore 100% funding to early childhood education services with fully qualified staff. “We’re thrilled that the Government acknowledges the importance of trained teachers for our tamariki. This truly is an investment in our future.” said Norma Roberts, General Manager of Hutt City Kindergartens. The increased funding will help the Hutt City Kindergarten Association, a not-for-profit organisation, be in a stronger financ...

May 19, 2020

Welcome back to Kindergarten

Kia ora koutou As most of you will be aware, all children will be able to attend our kindergartens from this Thursday 14 May, once NZ has moved from Level 3 to Level 2 for all.  We are looking forward to welcoming all our families back. As guided by the Ministries of Health and Education, HCK has developed plans around additional health and safety practices. Since reopening our kindergartens on 29 April our teachers have had time to get everything ready on site and put in place these extra ...

May 13, 2020

Covid-19 Update

Hutt City Kindergarten Association say they want to support parents returning to work this Thursday with the move to Level 2 and have had time to thoroughly prepare. “Our teachers over the past couple of weeks have had time to get everything ready on site and have been practicing new hygiene routines. We’ve been extremely careful to wipe down all surfaces and in Level 2 we will be cleaning outside surfaces daily as well.” Said Norma Roberts, General Manager of Hutt City Kindergarten Assoc...

May 12, 2020

Supporting your child's language development

With Claire Fouhy, Speech Language Therapist at Hutt City Kindergartens Kia ora koutou, As a speech-language therapist, I’m forever amazed at the journey children take from birth to five. Going from babbling and crying to speaking in sentences, telling stories, and even leading their friends in karakia kai at Kindergarten. Have you ever wondered how they do it? At the moment it feels like there are endless ideas popping up in social media for activities to keep your tamariki learning and enga...

May 5, 2020

We’ve begun our Rainbow Tick journey

Earlier this year we began the process to become a Rainbow Tick certified organisation. A process that will see us complete a diversity and inclusion assessment, and reflects our values as an Association. This certification is about providing a supportive workplace environment and promoting acceptance. Through this process Rainbow Tick will assess our policies, training, staff engagement and support, external engagement and monitoring. Providing us with reports along the way and making recommend...

April 21, 2020

Kindergarten to open in new Health Hub

We are pleased to announce that we will be opening a new Kindergarten at the Health Hub on Witako Street. The yet to be named Kindergarten is expected to open mid-2020. This will be an all-year service for two to five year olds that will offer options from 7.30am to 5.30pm. This is a change from the traditional Kindergarten session which will meet the needs of many families in the Hutt Valley. “Last year we surveyed our families to better understand what they wanted and needed from us as an ea...

February 17, 2020

KidsCan Support for Naenae and Taita Kindergartens

We are very pleased to announce that Taita and Naenae Kindergartens have been chosen to be part of the KidsCanNZ ECE programme from 2020. The KidsCanNZ programme will supply food for all children at these Kindergartens five days a week, consisting of sandwiches, yogurt, fruit, and three cooked meals per week. They also supply children with a new raincoat, shoes and two pairs of socks. On top of this they provide nit treatment for all children and their families.We are very gr...

December 19, 2019

Kindergartens Win Business Excellence Awards

We are thrilled to be the winner of the Not for Profit category in the 2019 Wellington Business Excellence Awards. An honour that has put Hutt City Kindergartens in the spotlight for our dedication to quality early childhood education. The Awards evening was held at the Lower Hutt Events Centre and celebrates the success of businesses in the Wellington region. “We’ve been growing young learners in the Hutt Valley for over 90 years and have remained at the heart of our communities. Everything...

November 28, 2019

We're a finalist!

We are honoured to have been named as a finalist in the Wellington Business Excellence Awards 2019 in the Not For Profit category. It is wonderful to be recognised for our dedicated to providing quality early childhood education to all in the Hutt Valley. Winners will be announced on Friday 22nd November. Keep your fingers crossed for us!...

October 15, 2019

Kindergartens Say Goodbye to Plastic Bags

Media ReleaseFor Immediate Release9th April 2019 Kindergartens Say Goodbye to Plastic Bags Taking wet clothing home no longer requires the use of a plastic bag thanks to the introduction of new reusable bags. Hutt City Kindergartens has gifted waterproof bags to all children enrolled at their 19 kindergartens across Lower Hutt. “We gifted each child their own bag to take home and return the next day. Going forward children will receive a waterproof bag on their first day at kindergarten as a ...

May 8, 2019

New Leadership Team

We are pleased to introduce our new Executive Management Team. The job titles may be new but the people in those roles are familiar faces. We are pleased that our Board appointed two leaders from within our Association to draw on their experience and knowledge. Our Executive Management Team now consists of Charmaine Hakaraia as General Manager - Operations, and Norma Roberts as General Manager - Professional Services. We are excited about the future of our Association and the combined exp...

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