Our Ethos

Three cornerstones distinguish our early childhood education service, and are evident at Uplands Kindergarten every day.


Our Christian identity is woven into our daily routines and provides a model of how we interact with our families and with each other at Uplands. It connects your child’s early education into the wider context of family and community and provides a stable, holistic foundation for your child’s development.


Uplands children are inspired by their own learning power, having fun while developing skills in co-operative problem solving, independent reasoning and reflection. Our curriculum is based on the principles of Building Learning Power, with different programmes tailored for under fours and for children transitioning to school. We support children and parents to direct the educational journey. Our teachers also engage in the learning process, continuously observing, coaching and reinvesting their insights back into the curriculum.


Children at Uplands develop a range of skills and experience that connect them to the wider world, through community outreach, field trips and special learning opportunities. It all begins with the fun, caring and respectful connection that we make with you and your child, and extends to all our activities and relationships with the community. We understand that parenthood is also a learning curve, and you will always feel welcome and supported as an Uplands parent.


Uplands Kindergarten was formed in 1970 when two busy mums, Ngaire Lee and Robyn Florence, found themselves looking after a growing group of neighbourhood children in their back gardens. They moved into three rooms at the rear of the old Somervell Presbyterian Church building in 1976. Now Uplands is housed in a bright and airy purpose-built facility with flexible interconnecting spaces to accommodate different age groups. A management committee draws on talents available in the church congregation as well as parent representatives. Through all the changes that the kindergarten has undergone in 45 years, the same care, love and practicality that went into forming Uplands all those years ago remains today.

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