Friend Street Kindergarten is a hidden treasure in the side streets of Mont Albert North. Large windows in the playroom overlook an extensive playground shaded by a 60 year old oak tree. While there is room to run and ride a bike, there are also secluded areas providing quiet, protected spaces for more solitary play.
The kindergarten is surrounded by houses belonging to young families who are new to the area, families whose children have moved on to local schools and older couples who keep in touch with the kindergarten community even though their children who attended Friend Street have grown up and moved away. Open Days in Education Week are regularly attended by prospective families, current families and families coming back to say hello.
Educators take the time to build warm and trusting relationships with children and families. These relationships provide children with a secure base helping them feel safe and confident to try new things and be themselves.