The rhythm of the kindergarten day includes indoor and outdoor playtime, domestic activities and routines, art, craft and seasonal activities, morning circle song and movement time, morning tea time and story time. All activities are taught in an inclusive way through the use of role modelling and imitation.

Oral language, listening and attention span are developed through song, rhyme and verse at circle time and through oral and puppet storytelling. There is a strong emphasis on the development of oral language skills to lay the foundations for literacy. The use of repetition at circle and story time is considered conducive to children’s learning.

Festivals & bi-culture

Festivals are an important part of the yearly rhythm and are an essential part of the calendar of nourishment for the human soul and spirit. The kindergarten celebrates both seasonal and Christian festivals and includes the wider community in these events, such as the annual Harvest Fayre which has become a “Waiheke Tradition”.

Festivals include the culture of Aotearoa, by using the symbols, stories or Cultural experiences for all children are expanded in the kindergarten by acknowledging all children and their diverse backgrounds. In particular, Fossil Bay Kindergarten positively endeavours to acknowledge and include the bi-cultural nature of Aotearoa.


Nutrition is also considered an important aspect of children’s physical development and mealtimes provide healthy organic food prepared within the kindergarten. We believe that, for a child, play is an activity that demands one’s full, serious and undisturbed application. In play children develop skills on the physical level and their faculties ripen and differentiate.

The development of imagination in children, which is nurtured as they play, lays the foundation for creative thinking, initiative and intellectual flexibility in later life. When children play, they are guided by life itself and, almost imperceptibly, the activity they are involved with supports the gradual development of the

In the kindergarten active, imaginative play is supported by the careful selection and quality of natural and simple play materials, which offer a range of experiences which arise out of a child’s connection to daily life, or introduce the fairytale story world which children so readily inhabit. Simple toys extend the child’s imagination and allow him to bring his own ideas and imaginative pictures into play.


Rhythm is a strong element of the kindergarten giving children a sense of form and security as we breath in and out through the day, each term, and the year. The rhythm of a day generally goes like this;

  • 8.45 am Arrival and settling in period. Inside activities including free play and daily
  • 10.00 am Fruit that the children have brought and helped to prepare is shared.
  • 10.45 am Tidying of the space is started and children come to circle and share seeds
  • 11.00 am Circle time incorporating songs, finger rhymes and movement.
  • 11.15 am Morning tea with mornings baking.
  • 11.30 am Outside time. Free play, gardening, woodworking, caring for our
  • 1.00 pm Inside for story, often depicted with simple puppet plays
  • Session ending times vary according to the timetable you’ve opted for – please ask your teacher or enquire in the office