6 Ryeland Ave,
Phone: (03) 351 7189
Fax: (03) 351 6189
Kindy webpagewww.kidsfirst.co.nz/Ilam
Kia Ora

Our Teachers

Christine Putt
Head Teacher
Bachelor of Teaching and Learning
Diploma of Teaching (ECE)
Isla Connolly
Bachelor of Education (Teaching) EC
Emily Carter
Graduate Diploma in Early Childhood Teaching
Miranda Wiffen
Diploma of Teaching (ECE)
Remi Kobayashi
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 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, with time set aside for a number of activities. For more detailed information about the daily routine and kindergarten policies, please see our parent notice board.


Settling In

To help your child settle in more easily, try to create a routine that starts them with an activity or with a teacher before you leave, and let your child know you are going and say good bye.


Mat/Group Time

We have mat time at 8.45am and it's a time that we come together and welcome everyone. There are informal group times throughout the session, e.g. music and storytelling. We finish the day with a short mat time at 2.25pm. 


Kai Time

We are mindful and aware of food allergies. Because of this we discourage sharing of food. Water is available at all times.


Morning Kai: Children bring their lunch box and drink bottle and we have a rolling kai time which begins at 9.45am. This ensures that children's play is not disrupted and that they come to eat when they are ready. It also eliminates the children all trying to wash their hands at the same time in our small bathroom area. Through the course of the morning staff will ensure that all children have eaten. Teachers sit alongside them encouraging healthy eating and conversation.


Lunchtime: Children who are staying all day will need to bring a packed lunch and a drink bottle. We have lunch around 11.45am and children can choose to sit at the kai table or the picnic tables outside. 


Please name your child's drink bottle and lunch box. 


What Food To Bring

We have received the Highest Heart Award (Pa Harakeke) so we encourage healthy food and snack items in children's lunchboxes. This could include sandwiches, buns, wraps, rice (sushi, rice balls etc), fruit, cheese, vegetables, yogurt, piklets, dumplings (e.g. Chinese dumplings) etc.


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 ask.



We value and recycle most junk material. We do have to decline toilet rolls, medicine bottles and polystyrene due to health and safety regulations. Natural materials are always in demand e.g. shells or driftwood, so please keep this in mind on your trips to the beach.


Learning Journals

We use the Learning Story Model and journals as our basis for documenting children’s learning. Journals are kept in baskets in the book corner. We encourage you to take these, read them and add your response in the ‘Family/Whānau Voice’ section. When returned, please place them in the labelled basket on the shelf in the office.



Please respect the driveways of our neighbours. We request NO ‘U’ TURNING in Ryeland Avenue. Please drive up to Braithwaite Street to turn.


Lost Property

A lost property basket is located by the outside notice board.


Parent Library

We have a collection of books on parenting issues and child growth and development, which you are welcome to read. These are located on the parent library shelf. Please record any items you borrow in the notebook.



Washing is put out for parents to take home when necessary.


Our Pets

We currently have two budgies named Jack and Jill. We have a roster for taking the budgies home on the weekend and for holidays (see roster by their bird cage).



We celebrate your child’s birthday with a special mat time, usually at the 8.45am mat time. No sweets or treats please.


Emergency Procedures

In the event of a Civil Defence emergency, our sector post is Burnside Primary School, at 96 Memorial Avenue. Emergency procedures are located on the wall, to the left of the kitchen door. 



Please make us aware of any special dietary requirements and allergies and document this in your enrolment form. We document this information on a chart in the kitchen for your child’s safety.



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