Taking our name from one of our brightest advocates...
Beryl McCombs Kindergarten opened as Redcliffs Kindergarten in 1942.
It had to be rebuilt in 1952, after which it was renamed Beryl McCombs Memorial Kindergarten as a tribute to Mrs McCombs who had been a tireless advocate for the local kindy and also become Vice President of the Association.
Our website uses material from the Canterbury Westland Kindergarten Association's own archives, Kindergarten Chronicles and other CWFKA publications, and those sourced from the kindys themselves. Unless otherwise noted, we believe all photographs are those of the kindergarten association and sincerely apologise if we have used any images inadvertently, without appropriate credits or permissions. If so, please advise us so we can rectify the situation.
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.