|Our Kidsfirst Wigram community had a great start to the new year, beginning the term back home, in their extensively refurbished kindergarten...|
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“It’s fantastic to all be together again,” says Kidsfirst Wigram Teacher, Zoe McFadden, “with children enjoying exploring the wonderfully, revamped new spaces and re-establishing relationships with previous friends.”
During renovations, Teachers Cindy Dean, Anne Wilson and Zoe McFadden, along with a group of children each, were kindly hosted across three neighbouring Kidsfirst’s Hornby, Hei Hei and Broomfield kindergartens, while construction took place.
“Each host kindergarten welcomed us with open arms,” says Zoe, “with the experience providing unique shared learning opportunities and new friendships, for teachers and children alike.”
The overhaul to strengthen and completely renovate the Kidsfirst Wigram kindergarten building was a major project. The interior was entirely remodelled to include spacious, open, modern learning environments, a new office, kitchen, bathrooms and entry, new resource/art spaces, and renovated activity areas.
Windows and doors were replaced and new heating, lighting and acoustic tiles installed. Newly purchased furniture now defines interesting and interactive spaces for children to explore and engage in.
Kowhaiwhai patterns on windows and features in furnishings, wall hangings and art represent the cultural diversity of families at Kidsfirst Wigram.
“The cultural narrative for the interior colours reflect the connection with local Wigram skies air force base (ngai tahu) and te Taumutu Marae (at nearby Leeston), who have educational links with the area and our kindergarten education cluster,” explains Head Teacher Cindy.
It’s not just tamariki and teachers enjoying the fantastic newly renovated space and a happy reunion, but parents too - rapt to see each other and catch up after a term apart.
KIDSFIRST KINDERGARTENS ARE A NOT FOR PROFIT ASSOCIATION THAT HAS DEVELOPED AND MAINTAINED KINDERGARTENS IN CHRISTCHURCH, CANTERBURY AND ON THE WEST COAST FOR OVER 100 YEARS - AS THE PLACE LOCAL KIDS COME TO LEARN, PLAY AND HAVE FUN.