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Where our little people learn big things.

We boast a high ratio of qualified teachers to children and are committed to providing an exceptionally high standard of early childhood education and care.

A strong focus on the arts, languages, literacy and numeracy, other countries and cultures is complemented by plenty of time to play and have fun, explore the outdoors and discover self-confidence and independence.

Our philosophy

We have a 21st century approach to teaching and learning. Our high standard of early childhood education is achieved through relationships, and our inviting, carefully presented and engaging environment is an extension of the home. We support each other in growing to be part of the learning community through coaching and mentoring and being leaders in our own learning. Through specialist, experienced teaching, our programme responds to individual and group learning, with priority focus areas being active movement, literacy, mathematics and the arts. Everyone is engaging in ongoing learning and in meaningful interactions with one another while having fun.

Our nurturing environment

Our teachers notice children’s capabilities and interests, recognise their ideas as meaningful and valuable and respond with deliberate teaching strategies within our integrated curriculum, Te Whāriki.

Lumsden’s nurturing environment and balanced curriculum enables children to grow up as competent and confident learners and communicators, secure in their sense of belonging and valuable contribution to society.

Family involvement

Families are a main focus and their involvement and participation is vital to a child’s happy and successful education. We come together respecting each other, embracing the diverse language, culture and identity of people in our community and making global connections. We regularly invite families to join us for presentations, share in picnics and commemorate special occasions where the children can show off their new skills and knowledge.

Our Christmas pantomime

At the end of each year, Lumsden Kindergarten showcases the year’s studies and activities in its highly esteemed Christmas pantomime. Teachers and children of both Little and Big Lumsden eagerly practise and perfect the show’s content during the final term in order to wow family and friends with the big performance in December. The show is testament to the progress each child has made during the year and allows Lumsden to show off its talent as well as celebrate its families and involvement in the community.


Educa is a secure online portal that enables families and our team to record, organise and share updates about each child’s experience at Lumsden. The web-based portfolio is an invaluable tool for parents and extended family to engage in their child’s learning and give feedback on their care and education.

Log in here to see your child’s Educa online portfolio.

On their graduation, children receive a hard-copy portfolio of their stories and progress during their time at Lumsden. It is a priceless record of their early development as our dedicated teachers capture the significant everyday accomplishments that lead to independence and self-confidence.

Florence never hesitates starting her day at Big Lumsden and is always beaming when I pick her up, eager to report of her day and show off her latest creations. The teachers here go above and beyond, new experiences and challenges are an everyday occurrence.

Sally and Grant Cawston
Parents of Florence and Betty

The Lumsden experience has been such a joyful experience for our little man and we will all miss him being there. The individual approach you show to each child is truly wonderful and Patrick’s development has been a privilege to watch.

Alan Cusack
Father of Patrick