Our Kindergartens

When connected to our community and the whenua, we are ready for learning and ready for life.

Picton - Waitohi

Picton Kindergarten is a place where children and their whānau experience an environment that reflects the diverse and unique nature of Picton and Marlborough Sounds.

Whānaungātanga - Relationships

Teachers will form and maintain secure relationships with children, their families and whānau. This the most important objective for the staff at Picton Kindergarten. We will provide a warm, welcoming environment where everyone feels comfortable and safe. We will encourage parent and whānau involvement in all aspects of our Kindergarten. We create a learning environment beyond the kindergarten walls and have strong connections with local iwi (tribe), schools, groups and organisation. 

Mōu mōku mō ngā iwi kātoa - For you for me for all the people

As citizens of Aotearoa New Zealand we celebrate and promote the dual culture of New Zealand and aim to uphold the spirit and intent of Te Tiriti o Waitangi. We promote elements of te ao Māori (the Māori world) including te reo Māori me ngā tikanga-a-iwi (the Māori language and practices of our local tribe). We encourage the sharing of knowledge and culture and embrace diversity. We acknowledge the strengths and abilities children and families bring to the Kindergarten.

Kaitiakitanga – Conservation

We value our relationship with nature and the need to conserve our natural resources. We are an Enviroschool and follow the guiding principles on empowering children and learning for sustainability. We are active members of Kaipupu Point Wildlife Sanctuary and Dawn Chorus, which involves planting trees in the sanctuary and hands on learning about pest control and preserving native birds and plants.

Ngā kaupapa Matua mō ngā akoranga tamariki - Priorities for Children’s Learning

  • Children will develop a sense of belonging at Kindergarten along with knowledge and respect of their own and others cultures.
  • Children will gain social and emotional competencies to support them to learn with and alongside others.
  • Children will develop confidence in their abilities and be ready and willing to try new challenges.
  • Children will develop knowledge about and respect for their local environment.
  • Children will develop the foundation skills needed for sciences, mathematics and literacy.


Here at Picton Kindergarten we implement Storypark – a secure, private online space to ensure your child receives the best support possible and that you are involved and up-to-date with your child’s development. Storypark provides each child with an online community which you (their parent/guardian) own and control who has access to, at no cost, for as long as you wish.

Oral Health

We have an Oral Health programme where each has their own free toothbrush to brush their teeth at Kindergarten. We promote healthy food choices and family support and education on oral health practices.

Transition to School

We have good relationships with the two primary schools in our Community. We support transition to school by visiting the schools and inviting them to the Kindergarten too. Every Monday we take a small group of older children to spend the morning at Picton School where we join the new entrant class in their perceptual motor programme and return to the class environment to do fun phonics activities. We set transition to school plans with whānau and have a time set aside in the day to do deeper learning focused on skills for school and lifelong learning. This is called Ako time. We have a poroaki/farewell ceremony on the child’s last day where we celebrate the child’s learning journey with the family and friends.


Children can be enrolled for the following sessions (or a combination of sessions) dependant on availability

Contact the Kindergarten to discuss which hours would best suit your child/family/whānau

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday

8:30am to 3:15 pm 

Friday 8:30 am to 12:45pm