Announcement : 

Waatea School School Newsletter Success is not the work of one but the work of many. Kia Ora e te whanau,  Welcome to the end of Week 3! It has been a very interesting week as we continue to navigate through a lot of sicknesses that are beginning to circulate through the community. It is important to remember to keep your children home if they are showing any signs of COVID-19 symptoms. This ensures that whatever is spreading is somewhat contained at school. There has been so far, a gastro bug (Stomach pains, vomiting & diarrhea) if your child has any of these symptoms they must stay at home for a minimum of 48hours. If your child has a temperature, cough, or sore throat, they must stay home and get tested. We are continuing to sanitize, clean, and have masks on hand for children to use if they choose to. We are wanting to remain open this term, and to do so we have to protect our tamariki and staff. We appreciate your support. Have a great weekend! Ngā mihi Whaea Zara Acting Principal Nau mai haere mai Whaea Kenya! Welcome to Waatea School Whaea Kenya! Whaea Kenya is the new kaiako for Rongomātane. She is originally from Te Tai Tokerau, and brings a passion for te reo Māori and te ao Māori. Her two pepi have also started at Waatea ECC. We are super excited to have her on board, and we look forward to seeing all the great things happen in Rongomātane! Check out some of the learning that is happening in the classes! Dayton and Hami were being the best tuakana and supporting the teina with their reading.  Emily and Josiah have been working hard on their letter identification in Ruaumoko   Rongomātane was creative and adapted basketball to suit our playing area. They showed great sportsmanship skills! Hip Hop Sessions started this week. Here Tāne Mahuta were enjoying the new dance moves they learnt from Matua Ray. Thanks to Counties Manukau Sports for organising hip hop coaches to come to Waatea School for the next 6 weeks. We are excited to share our final performance at the end of the term! Kōrero Mai, Kōrero Atu, Mauri Tū, Mauri Ora – Speak Up, Stand Together, Stop Bullying! Check out the photos from the day by heading over to our facebook page, or the photo albums published on the school’s website! Copyright © Waatea School 2022 Click here to unsubscribe. Powered by KiwiSchools 4.0 Call us on 0800 922 832 Email us at 31 Calthorp Close Favona M?angere Auckland 2024


Our Philosophy

Waatea Early Childhood Centre strives to bring forth tamariki who have a strong sense of their cultural and social identity. We base our practice on three educational pillars: Te Whāriki – the New Zealand Early Childhood Curriculum, Te Ao Māori and relevant Steiner pedagogies.

We are committed to:

  • providing a safe and nurturing environment that is filled with Aroha, Manaakitanga and Whakawhanaungatanga;
  • Kaupapa Māori practices interwoven with Steiner pedagogies;
  • providing an environment where children are encouraged to unleash their imaginations, take risks, and be active participants in their learning;
  • working alongside our whānau to develop respectful and trusting partnerships;
  • ensuring that each individual child has the opportunity to develop their physical, emotional, social, cognitive and language skills;
  • demonstrating knowledge and skills in providing a curriculum that empowers children to learn and grow as confident and competent members of this learning community.

We value:

  • the duel heritage of Aotearoa and the importance of the partnership between Māori as Tangata Whenua and Pakeha as outlined in Te Tiriti o Waitangi;
  • our parents and whānau as teachers of their children, and their input and participation in our centre and programme;
  • the growth and professional development of our teachers.

We recognise:

  • the uniqueness of each child and how they learn
  • that a child’s development in the early years is critical to their future development
  • that these first years are an important time for children to play, explore, try new things and to have fun.

Enrolling at Waatea ECC:

There are no charges to enrol your tamaiti/ngā tamariki at the ECC. There are also no fees here at Waatea ECC. The hours are 9am-3pm Monday-Friday. The age of care is 2years-5years of age. The ECC is only closed on public holidays and the Christmas holidays. Children are required to have their own packed lunch every day.  

If you are interested in enrolling your tamaiti at Waatea ECC please email 

You will have to complete an enrolment form and will need to present the following documents: 

  • Proof of identity (Birth Certificate/Passport or Citizenship) 
  • Record of current up to date immunisation record (if immunised)