• Our people, programmes, facilities, philosophy
  • Sessions, fees, enrolling, choosing the right kindy
  • Curriculum, areas of learning, teachers, family/whanau
  • View map or search by name
  • Employment, relieving, vacancies, teacher stories
  • Resources for our staff

Koraunui Kindergarten - Our team

Find Us

View Larger Map
Address 285 Stokes Valley Road, Stokes Valley, Lower Hutt 5019
Phone 04 920 9820

Mobile 027 450 0142
Email koraunui@huttkindergartens.org.nz

Group size 30 max

Session Times

Monday to Friday: 8.30 am - 2.30 pm


Head Teacher: Nan Wallis
Teaching Team:

Shayne Parkes

Rose Odlin

Administrator/Teacher Support:

Viv Fulbrook


Nan, Shayne, Rose and Viv love having fun with the children! From having a good boogie, to water play, to reading… one of our relievers says she loves working here because the teachers know how to “channel their inner 4 year old!”


The wide range of activities and play spaces make Koraunui an exciting place to be  and learn through their self-directed play.


Koraunui is part of the Upper Valley Transition to School cluster, where early childhood centres meet with local primary schools to share knowledge and expectations around the transition to school. We work closely with Koraunui School ‘over the back fence’. Our children use their pool, have weekly library visits and we jointly run a Perceptual Motor Programme where 4 and 5 year olds engage together in physical activities and challenges.

Our Vision

It is our aspiration that each child will develop a positive outlook towards learning, a better appreciation of the world around them and acquire a life long love of learning during their time at Koraunui Kindergarten.
To be a place of unity and pride. Together with our community we will do our best to build up Koraunui Kindergarten as a place where people open their hearts, their minds, to the joys, the innocence and the diversity of ideas in the world.
The teaching team are committed to develop their knowledge and skills in providing learning opportunities that reflects the dual heritage of Aotearoa New Zealand.

Our Philosophy
We approach teaching with a child centred and a tuakana/teina (adult/child learning together) programme. Every aspect of a child’s personality; be it cognitive, social, emotional, physical or spiritual should be touched or challenged in some way during his/her journey with us.
We believe that each child is unique and we do our best to nurture the intrinsic gifts that each one brings and shares with us.
We also believe what truly makes a difference in a child’s life, beneath all the methods, materials, and the curriculum is a teacher who cares about each child and who teaches from the heart.
Our responsibility is to provide for your child an environment that will stimulate and enrich him/her and help lay a foundation for future education.
We believe that every child should experience the bicultural identity of Aotearoa New Zealand as well as aspects of their home culture.
It is essential to develop a good rapport with each child and parent based on open communication and mutual respect.
In providing a setting which fosters self-esteem, build confidence and is based on respect
It is our goal that tamariki will be empowered to take risks , offer them opportunities to make decisions and solve problems in their learning through guided discovery and hands-on learning.
We view education as a collaborative working relationship between parents and teachers.