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Phone: (03) 322 8546
Fax: (03) 322 5437
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Our ESM is Keryn Barlow
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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.
Nau mai, Haere mai, Welcome!
You’ll find us right in the heart of Halswell Domain, sitting behind the Te Hāpua, the Halswell Library – with plenty of off-street parking. Kidsfirst Kindergartens Halswell is nestled amongst the beautiful tall trees and open green spaces that are used every day by local families who helped us to establish back in 1994.
Kidsfirst Halswell is a purpose-built kindergarten, with large learning spaces both inside and out. We value and encourage the children's interactions with nature and our wide open spaces provide the opportunities for children to challenge and grow their physical capabilities. We change, adapt and move equipment and resources on a regular basis to meet and challenge the individual needs of all children. Inside, we create areas where children and teachers can explore and discover together, solving problems, and learning to persist and not give up. At Kidsfirst Halswell your child will learn to ask questions about their world, and start to make sense of their place in it.
New Zealand’s national curriculum "Te Whāriki" underpins all aspects of the teaching and learning at Kidsfirst Halswell. The fully qualified teaching team in this well-resourced kindergarten intentionally plan a programme which provides experiences that meet the learning needs of all of our children. Whānau and tamariki are encouraged to contribute to the planning process, giving a sense of ownership and a voice.
We support children’s learning, their interests, skills and abilities and acknowledge and value every person in our kindergarten as a teacher and learner. This supports the tikanga principle of ako: the educator is also learning from the child, that the learner and whānau cannot be separated.
We value the relationships we build with our whānau/families, and look forward to making new connections, embracing the multiculturalism and diversity of our community. Our families, past and present, are an important part of our kindergarten life. We value this greatly and we encourage family/ whānau to visit and take part in their child’s kindergarten day, sharing your skills and culture too. We also understand the pressures on working parents – there is no pressure for you to stay. You can be involved whenever it suits you.
As our community grows and develops we are expanding and strengthening our connections with it through exploration outside the kindergarten gates. We make regular use of the library with walks to Te Hāpua, and we have strong connections with our local schools – supporting the transition to school for you and your child.
Our kindergarten operates for six hours each day, from 8.30am – 2.30pm. 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 enroll for at least two full days – building up to five 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.
Come in any time – we’ll show you around and make you welcome!