106 Hackthorne Rd,
Phone: (03) 332 7173
Fax: (03) 332 7075
Email us firstname.lastname@example.org
NZ Free Kindergarten Union Diploma
Diploma of Teaching (ECE)
Graduate Diploma of Teaching and Learning
Bachelor of Education
Diploma of Teaching (ECE)
Bachelor of Teaching and Learning (ECE)
Our ESM is Susan Szentivanyi
Our Hours Are...
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.
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 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 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.
Teachers sit with children to encourage healthy eating and conversation, and will support children as they open containers and eat.
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.
We collect magazines, film canisters, fabric and milk bottle tops. We accept anything except toilet rolls 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 educate the children and their families/whānau about the environment, our responsibility and place in it. We have a vegetable garden, a wormery and compost, and actively reduce, reuse and recycle.
Parking can be difficult because we are situated in a private lane and are allowed to use this at the goodwill of the neighbours. PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE BE CONSIDERATE AND DO NOT PARK OVER DRIVEWAYS OR IN THE TURNING BAY.
We do not have washing facilities at kindergarten, rather we are assisted by parents who collect the washing when required.
We have two birds called Sparkle and Darkle We currently have a pet guinea pig named Fluffy-Scruffy. We have a roster for taking the pets home on the weekend, and for holidays (see main entrance for details).
We have a collection of books, videos and pamphlets on parenting issues as well as children’s growth and development. These are located by the side entrance. Please record any items that you borrow in the notebook. There are also many other items of interest, which you are welcome to use.
A lost property box is located on the table outside the front entrance.
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. Parents are welcome to provide a treat (but NO SWEETS for the children) or a small gift for the kindergarten.