ECE services

Henderson Kindergarten

Henderson Kindergarten in Waitakere has gone from strength to strength and is now celebrating its second gold star award from the Heart Foundation.

Henderson Kindergarten has worked hard to achieve its award and has made healthy living a part of everyday life.

The Heart Foundation's Healthy Heart Award: Tohu Manawa Ora-Kohungahunga is a free-of-charge programme, partially funded by the Ministry of Health, that encourages early childhood education (ECE) services to promote healthy eating and active movement to under-fives and their families.

There are three award levels and Pā-Harakeke is the highest of them – the gold star. To earn this award, an ECE service must have created a healthy environment and engaged the wider ECE community in healthy eating and physical activity.

Once the Healthy Heart Award is achieved by a service, it must be reassessed bi-annually to maintain its award status.

Head teacher Angelique Stavrianos says Henderson Kindergarten encourages healthy lifestyles which empower each child to learn how to keep themselves fit and healthy.

“The children make healthy food choices daily and engage in a range of physical experiences. Educating children about how to keep themselves fit and healthy sets them up for a lifetime of making healthy choices which, in turn, makes a big difference to their learning and development no matter what they are doing,” she said.

“Congratulations to all the children and their whanau for achieving this gold award!”

The Healthy Heart Award programme provides ECE staff with nutrition and active movement information, planning tools and curriculum guides to assist with the implementation of healthier food choices and active movement.