33 Winchester St,
Fax: (03) 328 8669
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Kindy webpagewww.kidsfirst.co.nz/Lyttelton
Kia Ora

Our Teachers

Cathy Wall
Head Teacher
Diploma of Teaching (ECE)
Kim Morgan
Bachelor of Teaching and Learning
Lisa York-Jones
Bachelor of Teaching and Learning

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Our Education Service Manager, or ESM, is an important member of our teaching team.  Based at Kidsfirst Head Office, she is on site regularly to observe our programme, give us feedback and professional support, and encourage us toward continuous educational improvement. Please feel free to talk with her about your child’s kindergarten/centre experience..


Our ESM is Nicki Chapman


Our Hours Are...

Session Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri
Full-day 8:30-14:30 8:30-14:30 8:30-14:30 8:30-14:30 8:30-14:30
Morning 8:30-12:30 8:30-12:30 8:30-12:30 8:30-12:30 8:30-12:30

We are able to talk to parents and caregivers most of the time, so please make an appointment if you'd like to do this. EMAIL US HERE


Our Session Times

Your child can come to our kindergarten for up to 6 hours a day, Monday to Friday, during our 4 kindergarten terms.
These terms echo the terms your child will have when they start school.




You can read more here about what's been happening in our archive of stories about Kidsfirst Kindergartens, the fun we have, the processes and learning outcomes that result and why we're such a great start for your child.


Parent Help

Helping at kindergarten gives you a chance to see how your child relates to other children and adults. We hope you will enjoy being a regular helper and your toddler or baby is welcome too. If you would like to catch up with other adults please be aware of the noise level inside and how this might affect your child.


Whanau Time

Please join us on Wednesdays from 12.30-2.30pm, you don’t need to be enrolled. Parents with children of any age are welcome to come along for an afternoon of fun. You can talk to our friendly, experienced teachers about what your child learns as the children play, sing, use their imaginations, start to make new friends, discover, explore, share and laugh together.


Tidy-Up Time

This part of our day is where we encourage children to help put equipment away, wipe tables and generally tidy up. We appreciate any assistance from parents – please let us know if you would like to help.


Our Routines

Our days follow a regular routine, with time set aside for a number of activities. Detailed below are examples of the key focus times. For more information about the daily routine and kindergarten policies, please see our notice board.


Mat/Group Time

Mat times are an important part of the kindergarten session where we share stories and sing songs. This helps children to develop their concentration skills and learn to express themselves in a large group. You are welcome to sit on the mat to support your child and join in if you would like to.


Kai Time

As part of our participation in the Enviroschools programme we encourage parents to use a wrapfree policy for lunch boxes. Teachers sit with children to encourage healthy eating and conversation, and will support children as they open containers and eat. We have morning tea altogether straight after the welcome mat at 9.15am. At 10.30am we close the kai table. At 12pm we eat lunch together before the morning children go home.


Collage Materials

We appreciate collage materials for children’s artwork and as an enviro-kindergarten we need to be aware of the recycling possibilities of these donated materials. Useful materials include: bottle tops, fabric, wool, sheets, interesting items for dressing up, old clocks, televisions, teapots, funnels, plants, compost, seeds, vege plants, wood, nails, screws, tools, broken pottery, grout etc.


Enviroschools Programme

Our kindergarten is part of the Enviroschools programme, which educates children and their families/whānau about the environment, our responsibilities and place in it. See the Enviroschools notice board for more information.


Toys From Home

Please do not bring toys from home (unless specifically used for settling in). We find that toys often put the owner at an unfair social advantage - the same applies to ‘superhero’ clothing.


Parent Library

Do take the opportunity to use our parent library. Books are free for you to borrow - just let us know which books you are taking. Please keep them for no more than two weeks and let us know if there are any other titles you would like to see in our library. Information on local schools can also be found here.


The 'Left Behind Box'

We keep lost property in our ‘left behind box’ which is kept under the sign in sheet.



We’ll celebrate your child’s 5th birthday at kindergarten by sharing pages from their profile book, singing favourite songs including Happy Birthday, and giving them a present. Some parents like to give a small gift to the kindergarten, but please do not bring treats/sweets for the children.



Please find your child’s artwork in the painting box near the art sink.


Profile Book

If you wish to see your child’s profile book you’ll find it on a shelf near the kitchen door. Please respect the confidentiality of the other children’s books.


What Food To Bring

In line with our commitment to sustainability we ask that the children’s lunch boxes are wrap free - there are many alternative options. Your child will be asked to take any rubbish home. We have a healthy eating policy and recommend that children’s lunch boxes include sandwiches and fruit or veges.


We suggest that a healthy snack may include the following:

  • Sandwich and a piece of fruit
  • Biscuit/cracker/fruit
  • Cheese slice and a piece of fruit
  • A muffin and a piece of fruit
  • Dried fruit and cheese

However, the following are not allowed:

  • Roll ups/strings/chips
  • Any other processed foods

Cooked Lunches

Several times each term we cook a nutritious lunch for all our children. You will be advised of the dates and asked to donate $2 each time towards the cost of ingredients. On these days please send only morning tea. 






































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