The Bays
Enrolment or waitlist enquiries
3 McCormacks Bay Rd,
Mt Pleasant
Kindy webpagewww.kidsfirst.co.nz/thebays
Kia Ora


Our Hours Are...


Kia ora - welcome

Kidsfirst Kindergartens The Bays.


You will find our brand new Kindergarten nestled under a hill by the name of Tauhinu-korokio, named after two native shrubs that were once plentiful there. We’re right by the sea, surrounded by bush echoing with the sounds of native birds. Kidsfirst Kindergartens The Bays was specifically designed for its coastal setting with a large, tree-filled backyard, state of the art playground and open-plan indoor spaces that take in beautiful views across the estuary. Expansive decking, a bike track, a boardwalk, stepping stones through a native forest walk and large climbing rocks surrounding a huge sandpit, are just some of the many great outdoor features.



Our program for children aged 2 – 5 years places significance on our three curriculum priorities of ako (inquiry learning), rangatiratanga (leadership), and holistic development. A sense of spontaneity, humour and joy is woven throughout our programme every day. We place a strong emphasis on sustainability, caring for our three kindergarten hei hei (chickens), and our natural environment plays a large part in our daily programme – supporting the children to develop eco-awareness and to understand their role in it.


If you think it'd be great for your child to come here, email us and register your interest now. We'll keep you personally informed about what's happening.


Our teaching team has a strong commitment to creating partnerships with our families and whānau. We want to get to know you and your family well, nurturing authentic and trusting relationships. Whanaungatanga -family, relationships, history, traditions – all these things help us to support your child with their learning. Whānau contribute and support our daily curriculum in many ways, but we understand the pressures on working parents too – there is no pressure for you to stay.  You can be involved whenever it suits you.




We want to make this quality education possible for every child in New Zealand. That’s why tamariki can come to Kidsfirst Kindergartens for up to six free hours each and every day, regardless of age (some conditions apply).


You will see us out and about visiting in our local area, supporting our tamariki to strengthen the connection they have within their local community and to further explore this magical setting in their role as caretakers (kaitiaki) of our environment. At Kidsfirst Kindergartens The Bays your child will learn to ask questions about their world, helping them to make sense of it. Strong links with our local primary school help to support the transition to school for you and your child, as he/she moves on from kindergarten.


Our kindergarten operates for six hours each day, from 8.30am – 2.30pm, and during term breaks. This works really well if you have older children going to school as you can do the drop offs and pick-ups at the same time. We would recommend that you enrol for at least two full days. This gives our teachers time to get to know your child and gives some consistency around supporting their learning. It’s hard for our teachers to do this with just a few hours here and there.

While we do shut for the Christmas break we are open during traditional term breaks, so your child can come to us throughout the whole year!

Haere mai - Come in and see us any time!


For enquiries about the new Kidsfirst Kindergartens The Bays or to pre-enrol your children, contact us on 0800 4 KIDSFIRST or email us HERE.


Meanwhile, keep an eye on this page to keep up with progress

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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.








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