Opening up for more kindy kids.
Above: The Hon. Trevor Mallard cutting the ribbon with the help of the children, to declare the centre open in 2005.
The Early Learning Centre in Aranui has been open since 2005.
In August 2005, the Minister of Education, the Honourable Trevor Mallard, joined Kidsfirst Kindergartens Chief Executive, Sherryll Wilson and local families for the official opening ceremony.
"Community response to the new centre has been excellent and places have filled up fast. We already have 17 over twos and 8 under twos," said Centre Manager Katrina Yearbury at the time. "Most are new to early childhood education, which is great as it shows that our service really does meet the needs of our local community."
The centre was the first of its kind for Kidsfirst and it was noted that the new service would not replace the current kindergarten service but work alongside it, providing a wider range of options for parents.
On November 26th that year, Kidsfirst Early Learning Centre Aranui hosted a community Open Day.
"Although the centre has been operating for some months, we wanted to invite local people to come and have a look around, meet the staff and see what the new service means for early childhood education and care in their area," said Katrina Yearbury.
"The day was a huge success. Lots of families came along and we were able to provide them with plenty of information about the centre and about Kidsfirst. We love to see parents who have previously found early childhood education to be inaccessible, looking at our services as a viable option to give their children the best start in life."
Above: Some of the under twos at the Early Learning Centre (circa 2008).
Children from the Early Learning Centre were also asked to be involved in the Kidsfirst television and cinema advertisement in 2008.
The below photos show some of the children getting ready on set for filming and you can watch the video here.
Above: ELC children working on the Kidsfirst TV ad.
Here are some of our photos from days gone past. Simply click on them to see a larger image and scroll through the gallery or watch the slideshow...
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.