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Providing quality early childhood education for all children!

South Canterbury Kindergartens (SCK) manages 12 kindergartens located in Timaru, Temuka, Fairlie and Twizel and is committed to the provision of quality early childhood education for all children.


Temuka Facilities

Mackenzie Facilities


  • 100% fully qualified and registered teachers
  • A Ministry of Education curriculum
  • Up to 30 hours free teaching for 3-4 year olds per week
  • 1:10 teacher to child ratio
  • School day hours – 8.30am to 2.30pm
  • Full day service – 7.45am to 5.15pm
  • Small groups
  • Natural, spacious park-like environments
  • 70 years experience and history of successful education in South Canterbury

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Great Facilities

All of our 12 kindergartens throughout South Canterbury are set within natural park like environments and are well maintained.

Fun Games

Children learn through play, planned programmes, intentional teaching and interactions with others as they seek to find out about their world and become life long learners.

Te Whariki

All teaching and learning at SC Kindergartens is based on the Ministry of Education curriculum Te Whariki.


Children Learn To:

  • actively explore and discover
  • think creatively and problem solve
  • take responsibility
  • experience early literacy and numeracy learning
  • socialise and work in groups
  • participate and be involved
  • develop independence and confidence

The First Choice For Teachers…

  • All teaching staff at SC Kindergartens are fully qualified and registered teachers.
  • All have a university degree or teaching diploma as a minimum qualification.
  • All teachers are involved in ongoing planned learning and professional development.
  • There is a high level of accountability with all teachers being registered with the New Zealand Teachers Council.
  • All teachers have a current First Aid certificate.
  • All teachers comply with the Kindergarten Professional Standards.
  • Annual Pet parade at Fairlie Area
  • Ranui Kindergarten celebrate's Spring Kiwi style
  • Kowhai Kindergarten goes a little WACKY!
  • Kowhai explore the living world!
  • Eat Well at Kowhai

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