About Chapel Hill Kindergarten

We have a wonderful team of dedicated and enthusiastic teachers who love our tamariki.  All of our teaching staff are fully qualified, trained in first aid and attend regular professional development in order to keep up to date with best teaching practice. 

We value holistic development which enables children to reach their full potential emotionally, physically, spiritually and intellectually.  By providing a nurturing, safe environment children feel free to explore the world around them.  We are a community focused kindergarten and as such we believe that our community involvement and service is important in establishing good relationships with our families/whānau.

We are licensed for forty children.  Two sessions are held each day, one in the morning from 8.30-12:15pm and another in the afternoon from 1:15-3:45pm.  There is also opportunity to stay over the lunch period.

Our Philosophy

Chapel Hill Kindergarten is a Christian Early Childhood Centre that provides a stimulating holistic programme, encouraging an appreciation and understanding of biblical values.

Our programme is based on 'Te Whāriki', New Zealand's Early Childhood curriculum and reflects the Christian ethos of our centre.

We believe that each child is unique and reflects the image of God. We provide an environment where children feel safe and confident to explore the world around them, creating a love for learning and a wonder of life.

We aim to empower children to learn through building positive, reciprocal relationships within their worlds.

We acknowledge the dual cultural heritage of Aotearoa New Zealand and support children, families and teachers to become increasingly aware of our culturally diverse community. As we live in a multi-cultural society, we believe in guiding and facilitating children's learning in an inclusive environment.

This māori whakatauki captures the heart of our learning community:

Tou rourou, toku rourou, ka ora te iwi.
With your contribution, and my contribution, we will thrive.

Center Manager & Administration

Our Teaching Team

Teacher (Qualified ECE) - Joanne Rive

Kia ora, my name is Joanne Rive. I have been part of the team at Chapel Hill Kindergarten since May 2014. It is a great community to be a part of, and I enjoy building relationships with the children and families that are part of this kindergarten. I have a passion to help children learn and discover, enabling them to become competent and confident learners. I consider it a privilege to be a part of each child's learning journey.

I have completed 3 teaching diplomas in Montessori: Infant, Toddler and Pre Primary. I undertook these in the early 1990's in London, and have taught in Montessori Preschools since then. In 2013, I completed my Degree in Early Childhood Education, through the Open Polytechnic. I began teaching at Chapel Hill Kindergarten in 2014.

I am married to Jason, and we have 2 children. They both attend Rototuna High School. My family attends the Salvation Army, and we are all involved in various activities there.

Being a Mum takes up a lot of my time...however when I do have spare time I love to cook, garden, read a good book, and spend time with friends and family.

Teacher (Qualified ECE) - Travis Franklin

Hi my name is Travis Franklin and it is great to be part of the team at Chapel Hill Kindergarten. I started working here in 2015 and I love the fact that the team of teachers here are so supportive and genuinely want the best for each other and the children.

My passion as a teacher is to create an environment where the children feel safe and have a sense of 'home' when they come through those doors. When children feel comfortable where they are and what they are doing they are more likely to contribute and learn. 

Music is also a big part of my life. I regularly play piano at Horsham Downs Church and love using this tool in my teaching. I also love playing sport such as touch rugby and cricket, watching movies and finding moments to relax and do nothing!!

I have been married to Jodie for 13 years and have 2 children, Liam - nearly 5 and Albie - 2.

Teacher (Unqualified) - Carlene Franklin

Teacher (Unqualified) Christine Stevens

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