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Opawa St Martins
8 Butler St,
Opawa,
Christchurch
Phone: (03) 332 2866
Fax: (03) 332 2815
Kindy webpagewww.kidsfirst.co.nz/OpawaStMartins
Welcome
Kia Ora

Our Teachers

Raylene Tranter
Head Teacher
Bachelor of Teaching and Learning
Anna Titulaer
Teacher
Bachelor of Teaching and Learning (ECE)
Maria Calderwood
Teacher
Bachelor of Teaching and Learning (ECE)


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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 Rebecca Chatwin

 

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 8:30-11:30 8:30-11:30 8:30-11:30 8:30-11:30 8:30-11:30

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.

 

Our Routines

During the session children make their own choice of activities as they work towards becoming independent learners. Teachers provide a range of activities, which are based on children’s skills and interests.

 

Kai Time

Children can choose to eat when they wish, apart from at group times. There are tables inside and outside and lunch boxes are stored in their backpacks in the entrance way.

 

Tidy-Up Time

Children are encouraged to help put equipment away, wipe tables and generally tidy up. We appreciate any assistance from parents/whānau at this busy time.

 

End of Session

At the end of each session the children come together to share a story/activity before leaving. This also ensures children leave with the appropriate adult.

 

Useful Junk/Recyclables

We appreciate ‘useful junk’ for the children’s art and carpentry area as it helps stimulate their creativity. If you have paper, cardboard, boxes, stickers etc we can find a use for them. We accept anything except toilet rolls, soap powder 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.

 

Enviroschools Programme

Our kindergarten is part of the Enviroschools programme, which educates children/families/whānau about the environment, our responsibilities and place in it. Much of the programme is based on teaching children about sustainable practices. Please see the Enviroschools notice board.

 

Parking

When parking at kindergarten, please be aware of other families and children. We ask that you take note of restricted areas of parking and abide by the road code for the safety of all.

 

Washing

Our washing basket is situated by the entrance. Please feel free to take some home and return it at your convenience.

 

Parent Library

We have a collection of books and pamphlets on parenting issues as well as children’s growth and development. These are located in the parent area by the sign in desk. There are also many other items of interest, including children’s books so please feel free to browse and record any items you borrow in the notebook.

 

Lost Property

A lost property box is located on the trolley outside the front entrance.

 

Birthdays

We celebrate your child’s 5th birthday at the farewell mat time with a special card and a dough cake, which s/he helps to make at kindergarten. Please do not bring treats for the children.

 

What Food To Bring

Children are required to bring a named lunch box with healthy snacks for their morning and afternoon tea. Drinks are not required as water is provided. Please make us aware of any special dietary requirements and allergies. We recycle waste food in our worm farm and compost bins. You can help by using recyclable containers that are clearly named and minimising plastic and other items that could end up in the rubbish.

 

Allergies

Many children have allergies and diet restrictions that can cause problems. When we bake we take these allergies into consideration to ensure all children are able to participate and eat the food.

 

We suggest that a healthy snack may include the following:

  • A sandwich and a piece of fruit
  • Biscuit/cracker/fruit

Please see the notice boards for other ideas and suggestions.

 

However, the following are discouraged:

  • Chocolate/sweets/nuts

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