Nutrition is so important for young children as it is directly linked to all aspects of their growth and development.

Piccolini Hastings kindergarten and childcare is a centre-wide lunch box centre. The children thoroughly enjoy this, and it promotes independence and encourage self-help skills in preparation for school.

Our daycare teachers do regular baking with the children, which provides them opportunities to engage and learn a range of food preparations skills and fine motor movements such as pouring, sifting, spooning. It is a great hands on sensory experience for children to develop independence through self-help skills, practice simple maths as they measure and count quantities. The children feel a great sense of pride in preparing their own morning or afternoon tea.


Community, Connection & Celebration

Parents love the rich sense of community at Piccolini childcare Hastings, and our curriculum reflects our philosophy for strong relationships. We absolutely love coming together with our tamariki, whānau and community to strengthen our relationships with one another and our community.

At Piccolini Hastings we love to celebrate! Whether it be a national week, cultural celebration, a calendar date or a themed dress up day. Some of the events we celebrate include Chinese New Year, Seaweek – Kaupapa Moana, Saint Patrick’s Day, Samoan Language week, Matariki Maori New Year and Tongan Language Week.


Our children enjoy walks where they can get out and explore the Hastings area. We are fortunate that our kindergarten and daycare centre is located just across the road from the Stortford Lodge Sale Yards and the Hastings Fire Station is on the next block over, which is super exciting for our tamariki as we pass by on our regular walks. The Rescue Helicopter is also within walking distance, allowing for organised trips from time to time.

We often have our local community join us in Centre for visits and enhance our children’s knowledge about people, places, things and events.

Wā Kura

At Piccolini Hastings we believe in building the foundation for children to transition to school as confident, capable learners, who develop a love for learning.

In addition to our day-to-day curriculum learning, teachers oversee the delivery of a curricula programme designed for preparing children aged 4-5 with literacy and numeracy skills.

Each session builds on skills such as listening and following instructions and builds on dispositional learning such as being involved, independence and confidence.

Along with this during term time, our Kindy teachers accompany small groups of our ‘Wā Kura’ group on school visits to one of our local Primary Schools.  This helps to get our children ready for their next step on the NZ education ladder.  Starting Primary School can be an anxious time for everyone involved. Not only do they have to get used to new terms, processes and routines, but children also have to build new relationships in a new environment.

The aim of school visits is to familiarise our children with a classroom setting, the teacher, other children in the class, lunch eating areas and the toilets.

Even though your child may not attend that specific school it is still important to do the visits in order for the child to create an understanding of what happens in a classroom.  School visits are not compulsory but we truly believe that anything that makes the transition from ‘preschooler’ to ‘school kid’ easier has to be a good thing.

Please feel welcome to come and have a talk with us if you have any questions about our ‘Wā Kura’ transition to school programme.

Portfolios & Storypark

We use an awesome app called Storypark, which allows whānau to follow their child’s early learning journey and to ensure you don’t miss out on important centre communications.

Photos, videos and audio capture your child’s learning so you never miss a treasured moment again. You and your family can also feel more engaged in your child’s development, and you decide who you would like to invite to experience your childs learning journey with you. A perfect way to share those special moments with loved ones down the line or overseas.

Although we love to use Storypark as an online platform to communicate with parents, we also use paper portfolios for each child.

Children enjoy finding their paper portfolio and reflecting on their past activities at the centre. It is a fantastic way for children to engage in self-recognition and reflect on their personal development, as well as being a treasured keepsake for their 21st Birthday!

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 & care is a priority and that choosing the right kindy or daycare 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!