Our Team

Our Hastings kindergarten and childcare kaiako (teachers) are wonderful and amazing people, who have been selected based on their experience within the Early Childhood Education field, their professional knowledge of teaching and nurturing young children and their philosophy of education and knowledge of child development.

We value professional development, and encourage our team to participate in a variety of courses, in order to grow and keep up to date with new developments in the educational field.

At Piccolini Private Kindergarten & Childcare Hastings, happy and content staff are as important as happy children. We work at keeping our staff for long periods to ensure stability for the children and a consistent learning environment.


We are committed to follow the aspirations of the New Zealand National ECE Curiculum, Te Whāriki,

“For children to grow up as competent and confident learners and communicators, healthy in mind, body and spirit, secure in their sense of belonging and in the knowledge that they make a valued contribution to society”.

Te Whāriki envisages kaiako in early learning settings working in partnership with parents, whānau and community to realise this vision. The expectation is that, in their early years, children will experience a curriculum that empowers them as lifelong learners.

Te Whāriki supports this work by providing a framework of principles and strands. The principles are the foundations of curriculum decision making and a guide for every aspect of pedagogy and practice. The strands are 5 areas of learning and development, where the focus is on supporting children to develop the capabilities they need as confident and competent learners. Each setting takes these principles and strands and, in partnership with parents and whānau, uses them to ‘weave’ a curriculum whāriki that is specifically designed for their children.

Our Philosophy

Piccolini Values

At Piccolini Hastings, we are committed to providing a values-based preschool with quality care and education where children feel loved and accepted, have fun and are encouraged to learn and develop to their greatest potential.

Alongside parents/caregivers/whānau, Piccolini aim:

  • To promote a positive view and belief in self and in others, and encourage friendships through respect and kindness.
  • To provide education and development at a child’s pace and in their area of interest.
  • To encourage children to strive for excellence and high achievement, with positive support throughout the journey.
  • To promote fun and enable children the freedom to be children while learning and developing.
  • To teach Christian principles including the meaning of Christmas and Easter and provide an environment that promotes values such as: Compassion, Friendship, Patience, Honesty, Respect, Integrity and Kindness

Our Rooms

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3months – 2years

In our Nursery Room, we provide a nurturing and caring ‘home away from home’ environment to ensure that our littlest ones feel safe and secure in their own space, as they begin to explore and discover the world around them.

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2 – 3 years

Our Toddlers Room provides space for our curious Toddlers, where they are supported to express themselves through a variety of mediums and nurture their creativity during this age of discovery and wonder.

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3years to school age

Our Hastings Kindergarten offers our older children opportunities throughout the day for children to be involved in contributing to the curriculum helping to make decisions about what is set up, and sharing their ideas. Teachers work alongside the children to set up an environment which is challenging, provides curiosity and active exploration.


We introduce sustainable habits and practices to our children by encouraging them to reduce, reuse and recycle.  We also keep worm farms and grow our own veges in our very own Centre garden.

Using Educa significantly reduces the amount of paper used for forms and newsletters.

We use local suppliers and partners where possible, supporting the sustainability of businesses in our community.

We believe every little bit helps to ensure sustainability for our precious future generations!

Connecting Children with Nature

The natural world is a giant, open-ended learning laboratory. Children are innate scientists and love to experience the sights, scents, sounds, and textures of the outdoor environment. At Piccolini, we are always looking for learning opportunities that embrace nature.

Through free play, children spontaneously connect with nature right here in our own playground and outdoor environment. For example, children are often busy building masterpieces with dirt or sand, searching for twigs and sticks, watching worms wriggle through the soil, gazing at clouds, jumping in puddles, or listening to the birds sing.

Our toddlers and pre-schoolers thrive on using their imagination as they become ‘explorers’ in their own environment, doing this means they are encouraged to investigate and learn names of animals, insects, plants, and their purposes on our earth. We love seeing the children learn to care for their centre environment, their community, and the great big world we live in!

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Contact us or book a tour of our Hastings kindergarten and childcare centre. We’d love to hear from you.

We understand that your child’s education and care is a priority and that choosing the right kindy or childcare can be a big decision. We would be delighted to share in your child’s learning journey. Feel welcome to contact us in whichever way is most convenient for you, or visit our Hastings centre and meet our Teaching Team!