Rata Kindergarten by South Canterbury Kindergartens

Rata Kindergarten

Rata Kindergarten is situated at the northern end of Temuka, opposite Wallingford Rest Home. Step inside the gate at Rata Kindergarten and feel the warmth of our caring and experienced kaiako. Let your tamariki explore our beautiful environment that will engage and challenge them.

Observe our confident tamaraiki enjoying an environment where they are ‘Free to be Me’ – ‘Nokou te Au’. We understand, appreciate and enjoy the individuality of each tamaiti and their whānau.

We value manaaki and encourage aroha for yourself, each other and the environment. We empower tamariki to become socially and emotionally competent, knowing ‘I am valued, my needs are met and I belong’.

We value māia and support tamariki to be courageous and confident to seek support, express their views and ideas and direct their own learning. Our environment provides opportunities to explore, be curious, to problem solve and kaiako promote independence.

The tamariki at Rata regularly connect with our ‘friends’ from Wallingford Rest Home. These reciprocal relationships offer a wealth of understanding, aroha and joy through their interactions. 


Situated at 53 Cass Street TEMUKA 

Phone: (03) 688 1991 

Cell phone (txt messages): 0273 173 387

Email: rata.kindergarten@sck.nz

Hours: Monday to Friday – 8:30 am – 2.30pm, open all year.


Whānau comments:

'My children have blossomed so much since arriving at Rata Kindergarten. I am really thankful for the teachers and the effort and dedication they provide for our tamariki'

'We absolutely love it here and drive some distance to be here. All four of our children have attended and we have had extra support for two with all progressing well into school. We absolutely recommend it'

'I have been a part of Rata kindergarten for a number of years. The teachers have been fabulous. My two daughters have thoroughly enjoyed their time here, and settling them into kindergarten was a breeze with the teachers' great support, my daughter looks forward to attending kindergarten every week. My now 5 year old thoroughly enjoyed learning about the environment through the Enviro-school program they run'

'I could not think of a better place to give my daughters the best start to their educational journey'    



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