Mathers Rd
Enrolment or waitlist enquiries
109-111 Mathers Rd,
Hoon Hay,
Kindy webpagewww.kidsfirst.co.nz/Mathers
Kia Ora

Our Teachers

Helen Carrick
Head Teacher
Higher Diploma of Teaching
NZ Free Kindergarten Union Diploma
Fiona Antonovich
Bachelor of Teaching and Learning
Jo Lynch
Bachelor of Teaching and Learning (ECE)

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 8:45-14:45 8:45-14:45 8:45-14:45 8:45-14:45 8:45-14:45
Morning 8:45-12:45 8:45-12:45 8:45-12:45 8:45-12:45 8:45-12:45

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.


We have three teachers to 30 children until 12.45pm and two teachers to 20 children until 2.45pm. We also have a teacher aide working up to 15 hours per week.


Teachers are involved with staff meetings, programme planning, administration and various other duties after 2.45pm. We are also available to talk with parents and caregivers at this time, so please make an appointment if you would like to do this.




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.







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.


Morning Mat Time

This is child-led and topics that are discussed come from children’s ideas and interests. Teachers are able to expand on these to further children’s learning and understanding. This is the time when children can bring information from home (demonstrating their prior knowledge) to share with their peers. The above is led by two children with support from teachers where appropriate.


Kai Time

Teachers are available to sit with children to encourage healthy eating and conversation, and will support children as they open containers and eat.


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 - if possible, arriving 15 minutes early to assist with this process is appreciated.



We welcome items such as magazines, film canisters, fabric and milk bottle tops, paper, material and cardboard boxes. We accept anything except toilet rolls, polystyrene, laundry powder boxes and medicine containers. Natural materials are always in demand e.g. shells or driftwood, so please keep this in mind on your trips to the beach.


Caring for the Environment

We support and encourage reducing, recycling and reusing, which educates children and their families/whanau about the environment, our responsibilities and place in it. We maintain two wormeries and compost bins for all food scraps. Children are encouraged to use reusable containers for their sandwiches. We also encourage a no wrap policy in lunch boxes. 



Please refrain from parking on the yellow lines outside kindergarten and in the staff car park. This keeps the area safe for everyone.



We do not have washing facilities at kindergarten, rather we are assisted by parents who collect the weekly washing each Friday. Washing is left at the sign in sheets for parents to take.


Parent Library

We have a collection of books and pamphlets on parenting issues as well as children’s growth and development. These are located beside the parent notice board and children’s profile books. Please record any items that you borrow in the notebook. There are also many other items of interest, which you are welcome to use.


Lost Property

A lost property box is located by the whiteboard, outside by the main door.



We celebrate your child’s 5th birthday at the first mat time with a special badge and a dough cake, which s/he helps to make at kindergarten the day before.


What Food To Bring

Children will bring kai/lunchboxes from home - a guideline for suitable food will be given to the parents of all children as lunch is at 12.15pm. The children will have water or milk to drink at lunchtime. Perishable foods will be stored in the fridge. Parents are encouraged to place these named items in the fridge upon arrival. Children are asked to bring a named sandwich and a piece of fruit to share at morning tea time.

Please make us aware of any special dietary requirements and allergies. This is a healthy eating environment.



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