Tauranga early learning centres become inspired
Two Tauranga early learning centres have joined the Inspired Kindergartens whanau as of this month.
Mount Plunket Preschool in Mount Maunganui and OPEYS Education and Care Centre in Otūmoetai have transferred from Plunket to Inspired Kindergartens.
The move follows the successful transition of Matua Plunket Kindergarten, now Matua Kindergarten, over to Inspired Kindergartens in March this year.
Inspired Kindergartens Principal, Peter Monteith says the shift has been received positively.
“We’ve received warm encouragement from both staff and parents during Parent Info Evenings - two evenings of informal, open and frank Q&A sessions where we’ve provided a time and space to kōrero and to listen.”
Peter says “for over 50 years, our not-for-profit organisation has demonstrated its commitment to delivering education and care that focus on the wellbeing of tamariki.
“Valuing our tamariki, our whānau and communities has established our name in Tauranga Moana as a trusted, responsive, high-quality early childhood provider, and it’s this long-standing reputation that has earnt the trust of Plunket. Allowing them to transfer these three precious taonga to us, knowing they are in safe hands.”
For both Mount Plunket Preschool and OPEYS Education and Care Centre, the only changes the community can expect are the names.
While the premises, hours and fees remain the same, Mount Plunket Preschool whānau has elected to rename themselves; Maunganui All Day Kindergarten, and OPEYS Education and Care Centre is now OPEYS All Day Kindergarten.
Viv Edwards, Plunket’s Regional Operations Manager Takiwa says both centres are deeply valued by their whānau and community.
“We’re pleased that, although it will no longer be a Plunket service, the centres will continue to operate and provide education and developmental benefits to the tamariki of Otūmoetai and Mount Maunganui.”