About Us


Our Philosophy

At Kakariki Kids we view each child as capable and competent individuals.

We provide an environment full of natural resources with an emphasis on fostering creativity and curiosity within a natural setting.

Our focus is on preparing children to be resilient, compassionate and confident by providing a supportive and challenging environment where they are allowed to discover and inspire the best in themselves and in others.

We aspire for children to grow up with a deep respect for the earth and themselves, healthy in mind, body and spirit.

We are committed to developing respectful relationships with family/whanau and value open communication. We acknowledge Te Tiriti o Waitangi as the founding document of Aotearoa New Zealand, and are committed to embracing our bi-cultural heritage.

Our committed, qualified and professional teaching team bring a wide variety of teaching styles and a wealth of experience to guide our children through the different stages of development.

Forest Floor

Our Programme

We follow the principles of Te Whariki, New Zealand's early childhood curriculum and have a strong focus on the natural world and 'nature as teacher'.

Children have a natural curiosity and disposition to be outdoors and we encourage that by providing a wilderness area to explore and be challenged in a safe and supportive environment.

Daily bush excursions - we take our children on daily bush walks as part of our curriculum, to be immersed in our native flora and fauna, to build huts, move logs and get muddy!

Our beautiful, spacious indoor areas have a wide range of interesting resources to keep our tamariki busy with plenty of creative and quiet spaces.

We value the importance of practising rituals in life. These are special times where we are able to bring a positive energy and mindfulness to our daily activities with the intention to create a peaceful atmosphere to our centre. These simple rituals can be especially helpful with settling in, transitions, sleeping and meal times.

Fully catered - see our menu examples. We provide delicious, healthy morning and afternoon tea and lunch. Our children are instrumental in the planting, growing, gathering and preparation of their own food from our large onsite vegetable garden. Meal times are unhurried and provide opportunities to gather together, be sociable and practice self-regulation. Our children enjoy the little rituals surrounding these times such as laying the tables and putting flowers in vases.

We also realise the importance of being 'school ready' and offer a unique programme combining a balance between child initiated play and structured activities.

Transition to School programme - Children join our transition to school group 4-6 months before they start school. The focus for this group of children is to ensure that they have the independence and self-help skills needed for school, as well as an introduction to basic literacy and numeracy concepts, social skills and the ability to listen and pay attention at group times.


Our Team

Liz Lane: Owner/Manager

Montessori Diploma in Early Childhood Education.

Liz, Owner / Manager

Lea Pouly: Admin Officer

Lea, Admin Officer

Kristen Dixon: Chef

Diploma Professional Cookery London City and Guilds.

Kristen, Chef

Sandy McKay: Supervisor Under Two's

Bachelor of Teaching and Learning. (Early Childhood).

Sandy, Supervisor

Pene Ralph: Teacher

Bachelor of Education. (Secondary Arts).

Pene: Teacher

Erin Nalder: Student Teacher

Erin, Teacher

Briar Hayton: Teacher

Diploma of Teaching (Early Childhood Education)

Briar, Teacher

Sally-Anne Davis: Teacher

Diploma of Teaching (Early Childhood Education)

Sally-Anne Teacher