Glendowie Christian Kindergarten (affectionately known as GCK) delivers quality care and education for your child in the context of Christian principles. It has been that way since 1996!
We provide a programme of play and learning designed to encourage your child to gain the most from their early childhood years in a fun, warm and caring environment. Your child can begin at GCK between 2½ and 3 years of age depending on the availability of places, and as long as they are reliably toilet trained.
We believe that all children have the right to a quality early childhood education. Their emotional and physical needs must be met at all times. The rate of each child's development is different, we acknowledge and plan for this by providing a developmentally appropriate programme centred around different sessions that suit the needs of each child. We strive to ensure that children are happy in the safe, warm, caring environment which we provide. They are helped with solving conflict and are given praise and encouragement in times of need. Children are supported throughout these early years and encouraged to explore and take risks which challenge and stimulate them.
We strive for excellence in education where each child explores their God-given potential: intellectually, physically, spiritually and socially. Together with familiesand GPC we are building an incredible community where children are nurtured and loved.
Children may stay with us until they're 5, working their way through to our specially designed Four Year Old programme for children over 4. This is a dedicated mat time with specific interest-based and age appropriate activities/projects designed for preparing children for life and school.
At GCK your child can take their first steps towards independence in a safe and supportive environment, learning about friendship and companionship with others. All of our teachers are fully trained and registered and we operate to an enviable teacher / assistant to child ratio of approximately 1:8.
All families are welcome at our kindergarten. Their participation in the care and education of their child is valued and welcomed. Their cultural uniqueness is celebrated and respected and their needs are met to the best of our abilities.
Teachers work together consulting, planning and making decisions. We support each other in our professional life and show understanding in personal difficulties. We laugh and enjoy our time together but understand and respect the need for reflection, privacy and confidentiality.
Thank you for a wonderful 5 years. We feel so lucky to have found GCK and have our 3 children attend here. Five years of messy play, singing, learning and science experiments. We have loved every minute. Thank you for caring for our kids, helping them to learn and sending them off to school with confidence.
Glendowie, Eastern Bays, Auckland, New Zealand