Welcome Letter from Head Teacher Mrs. Clare van Niekerk


At Bethlehem College Kindergarten we believe that relationship is the heart of learning. It’s so important to us to build warm and caring relationships with the children and families who join our centre.

“We know that when children feel loved, learning naturally follows.”

What I especially like about our centre is the spaciousness of our well-designed outside playing area, complete with vegetable garden, climbing wall, adventure slide, sandpit and lots of grassy space for the children to run and play. The surrounding leafy, mature trees create a beautiful outlook and peaceful atmosphere at our centre.

We appreciate that there’s a lot to think about when it comes to finding the best centre for your child. There are, of course, practical considerations, but there are also deeper questions to consider, such as: ‘What is our teaching philosophy and learning programme? What difference does being a Christian centre make to the way we do things? Are our teachers qualified and caring?’

You’ll find answers to these questions, and more, on the following pages. If you like what you see, we would love you to bring your child with you to visit our centre.

It would be our privilege to journey with you and your child through these formative, exciting and precious early years of life. I look forward to meeting you soon.














The centre’s philosophy is to reflect Christian values and virtues in the programme in a positive, supportive and respectful way. Adult interactions with children are respectful and caring.

Bethlehem College Kindergarten ERO Report, 2011



WE HAVE  A BIG HEART FOR CHILDREN. We honour each child as a gift to be discovered and developed. Our passion as educators is to nourish, nurture, affirm and encourage each child in his or her uniqueness. Read more
WE WELCOME PARENT INVOLVEMENT.  Our door is always open. We believe that parents are the primary educators and we count it a privilege to partner with and support you in that important role. Parents/whanau are very welcome to be involved in our daily programme at any time. Read more
ESTABLISHED TRANSITION PATHWAY TO BETHLEHEM COLLEGE.  If you wish to send your child to Bethlehem Colleg, Bethlehem College Kindergarten gives you the advantage of a well-established and supportive transition pathway to the New Entrants classes. Read more
BEAUTIFUL OUTSIDE PLAY AREA.  Families love our well designed outside play area surrounded by mature trees. The adventure slide, climbing wall and bike circuit are very popular with the children and there is lots of room to run and play. Read more
OUR CHRISTIAN VALUES CREATE A LOVING ENVIRONMENT. We have a heart-felt and faith-filled desire to respect, accept, nurture, support and affirm your child. It is our privilege to enjoy their uniqueness, to develop their gifts and talents and to bring them into a positive experience of God’s love. Read more