Education - Early Learning Centre

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Te Kōhao Kōhungahunga 

Welcome to the “University for our babies”, was the invitation offered by the Chair of the Te Kōhao Board of Directors, Mariameno Kapa Kingi.

Te Kōhao Kōhungahunga, our bi-lingual Early Learning Centre at 60 Tennyson Rd, Enderley was opened on 12 February 2015 by Kiingi Tuheitia, who aptly named the building Ngā Rau Atawhai after his mokopuna and our Patron.

Te Kōhao Kōhungahunga is for whanau living in the Insoll and Enderley communities. Lead by Tere Gilbert, this bilingual Kaupapa Maori centre aims to:

  • Increase Te Reo speaking tamariki/ mokopuna
  • Build on the values of tuakana teina (tamariki teaching each other ‘buddy’ fashion)
  • Ngahere/Forest learning environment, Tāne Mahuta, Papa-tū-ā-nuku and Rangi
  • Role modelling good habits and behaviours
  • Building whanaungatanga (positive relationships, responsibility and community). Everything encourages self-learning, experimentation and is a catalyst in developing enquiring minds.

If you wish to enrol:

  • Hours of operation are Monday to Friday, 7:45am to 5:15pm,
  • Tamariki can attend half days (8:30am to 12:15pm or 12:30pm to 4.30pm); school days (9:00am to 3:00pm), or full days (7:45am to 5:15pm)
  • The centre offers 20 hours ECE for children aged 3 - 5yrs
  • Whānau may be eligible for WINZ subsides to help with costs.
  • Whānau enrolled with Family Start, may be eligible for an ELP (early learning payment) to help with costs.

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Te Puna Reo o Te Kōhao 

Te Puna Reo o Te Kōhao was opened by Te Makau Āriki, a Atawhai, on 5 July 2017. Our whare was named Tini Manaaki. Licensing by Ministry of Education was carried out on 27 June 2017. The provisional license is from 24 July 2017, we will need to apply for a full license before July 2018. Puna Reo is licensed for 15 tamariki currently, increasing to 20 tamariki in September 2017.

Puna Reo operating hours are 8.45am to 4.00pm Monday to Friday. There are 13 tamariki enrolled for the first 6 - 8 weeks with 3 kaiako. The reason we have opened this way is to ensure our kaupapa of Te Reo Māori anake and Manaaki Taiao – caring for the equipment and environment in Te Puna Reo, are normalized with a small group at first. These tamariki are then empowered to teach others these important kaupapa when they start. A Tuakana / teina approach. More small intakes of tamariki will occur in September, October and November 2017 as well build to around 31 tamariki.

The kaupapa at Te Puna Reo is Te Reo Māori i ngā wā katoa. Tamariki must go on to Kura Kaupapa Māori from Puna Reo so their learning journey is consistent with our kaupapa. Added to this is the knowledge we are building more Reo Māori speakers.

Contact Information

Phone 07 853 0065

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