Halswell Domain,
Phone: (03) 322 8546
Fax: (03) 322 5437
Kindy webpagewww.kidsfirst.co.nz/Halswell
Kia Ora

Our Teachers

Shelley Page
Head Teacher
Bachelor of Education
Diploma of Teaching (ECE)
Katy Robinson
Bachelor of Teaching and Learning (ECE)
Sarah Henriod
Graduate Diploma of Teaching and Learning
Ally Yee
Bachelor of Arts
Diploma of Teaching (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 Keryn Barlow


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

Our days follow a regular routine that provides for regular activities and opportunities for extending spontaneous learning. Detailed below are examples of key focus times. For more information about the daily routine and kindergarten policies, please see our notice board or parent library.


Mat/Group Time

Mat times are an important part of the kindergarten session. This helps children to develop their concentration skills and learn to express themselves in a large group and to develop a sense of community.


Kai Time

Children bring their own snack box to kindergarten. Teachers encourage healthy eating and living. We value kai time as a social time for children to interact and converse with each other. 


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.


Parent Helpers

Parent helping is a good way to see what happens at kindergarten during the session. If you are able to help, please add your name to the list.



In the collage area we use a variety of materials such as cards, buttons, stickers, fabric, milk bottle tops etc. Please do not bring toilet rolls, medicine containers, laundry containers or polystyrene. Natural materials are always in demand e.g. shells or driftwood, so please keep this in mind on your trips to the beach.



Parking is available in the domain. Please, no cars are to be driven directly in front of the kindergarten (staff car park). Please ensure the gate into the kindergarten is closed behind you.



We do not have washing facilities at kindergarten, rather we are assisted by parents who collect the weekly washing each Friday. Please add your name to the parent washing roster if you can help out.


Parent Library

We have a collection of book and pamphlets on parenting issues as well as children's growth and development. These are located next to the kindergarten 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.


Lost Property

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



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 and family members are welcome to join us on the mat.


Children's Health

If your child is unwell, we ask you to please keep your child at home until symptoms are clear. For vomiting, diarrhoea and sticky eyes, we require that children are clear of symptoms for 48 hours before returning to kindergarten.


What Food To Bring

Children are required to bring a named lunch box with healthy snacks for their morning tea and/or afternoon tea and lunch. Drinks are not required as they are provided. Please make us aware of any special dietary requirements or allergies. Packaging and unsuitable food items will be returned to your child to take home at the end of their session - if you have any questions about the suitability of an item please see a teacher.


We suggest that a healthy snack may include the following:

  • A sandwich and a piece of fruit
  • Crackers/fruit
  • Cheese slice and a piece of fruit
  • A small muffin and a piece of fruit
  • Dried fruit and cheese
However, the following are not allowed:
  • Muesli bars/chocolate biscuits
  • Chocolate/sweets
  • Chips/nuts
  • Roll ups and any similar items


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