Cotswold Avenue
Enrolment or waitlist enquiries
62 Cotswold Ave,
Kindy webpagewww.kidsfirst.co.nz/Cotswold
Kia Ora

Our Teachers

Adele Puddy
Head Teacher
Diploma of Teaching (ECE)
Kirstyn Cook
Bachelor of Teaching and Learning (ECE)
Amie Holmes
Bachelor of Teaching and Learning (ECE)
Shabana Shareef
Bachelor of Teaching and Learning (ECE)
Post Graduate Diploma of Education
Helen Davey
Bachelor of Teaching and Learning
NZ Free Kindergarten Union Diploma

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 Jeanne Williams


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 8:45-11:45 8:45-11:45 8:45-11:45 8:45-11:45 8:45-11:45

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.



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 kindergarten 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

Teachers supervise children while they are eating. They 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 – please let us know if you would like to help.



In the collage area is an extensive list of materials we collect - e.g. magazines, film canisters, fabric and milk bottle tops. We accept anything except toilet rolls, soap containers 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.



We do not have washing facilities at kindergarten, rather we are assisted by parents who collect the washing from under the daily notice board as we leave it. If you can help out, it would be much appreciated.


Our Pets

We currently have a pet rat named Rosie. We have a roster for taking Rosie home on the weekend, and for holidays.


Children’s Library

We have a children’s library on a Tuesday morning, run by our parents. Children can choose a book to take home to read in one of our special library bags. The books are returned by the following Tuesday and children can choose another.


Parent Library

We have a collection of books, videos and pamphlets on parenting issues and children’s growth and development. These are located in the sign in area inside the front entrance. Please record any items that you borrow in the gold notebook. There are also many other items of interest, which you are welcome to use.



We celebrate your child’s 5th birthday at mat time with a special hat and a dough cake. You may like to take home the ‘birthday box’ to make your hat at home with family members. Due to the risk of allergies, please do not bring food 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 they are provided. Please make us aware of any special dietary requirements and allergies. We provide lunch box guidelines and encourage you to use these to help you provide a nutritious snack for your child.


Nut Free Zone

Don’t forget that our kindergarten is a nut free zone, so please check to ensure that food items do not contain any nuts.


Lost Property

A lost property box is located under the sign in table at the front entrance.


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