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Isleworth
6 Isleworth Rd,
Bishopdale,
Christchurch
Phone: (03) 359 9621
Fax: (03) 359 7779
Kindy webpagewww.kidsfirst.co.nz/Isleworth
Welcome
Kia Ora

Our Teachers

Duncan Fisher
Head Teacher
Bachelor of Education
Diploma in the Education of Deaf and Hearing Impaired
Diploma of Teaching (ECE)
Higher Diploma of Teaching
Justine Fogarty
Teacher
Bachelor of Teaching and Learning (ECE)
Charlotte Besley
Teacher
Bachelor of Education (Teaching) EC
Peter Fleming
Teacher
Diploma 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 Kathryn O'Connell-Sutherland

 

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 Vision Statement

At Kidsfirst Kindergartens Isleworth Road our Vision is to provide a welcoming, friendly, safe environment that acknowledges the important collaborative relationship between teachers, parents, and children, that embraces all cultures.

All children will be valued as individual learners and their abilities, interests and learning dispositions will be recognized, supported and extended, by skilled teachers.

 

Whānau/Mat 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.

 

Kai Time

We encourage our children to eat healthy food as we participate in the Healthy Heart Award.

 

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 at this time.

 

Parent Group

Along with our Association and the teachers, a group of local interested parents support the kindergarten by organising fundraising, community events and assisting the staff to share information with other parents and generally enhancing the kindergarten environment. This group meets approximately once or twice a term, depending on the need. It’s a great way to be involved, to share in your child’s education, and to contribute your ideas within the kindergarten community. For further information please talk with the teachers.

 

Parent Library

We have a collection of books, videos and pamphlets on parenting issues as well as children’s growth and development. These are located above the children’s library. Please record any items that you borrow in the red notebook and cross off your name when you return items.

 

Recyclables

On the wall by the entrance is an extensive list of materials we collect such as 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.

 

Parking

Please DO NOT park on yellow lines and outside Isleworth Rd School during school hours, Council wardens monitor this area regularly.

 

Washing

We have a roster for washing and ask everyone to volunteer for a turn.

 

Our Pets

We currently have goldfish which require holiday homes at the end of each term. 

 

Lost Property

A lost property box is located by the entrance way, so do check occasionally to see if any of it belongs to your child. It is important you name your children's clothing, lunchbox and drink bottle.

 

Birthdays

For children’s 5th birthdays, we celebrate at whānau time or at the end of the day mat time with a special hat and a dough cake, which s/he helps to make at kindergarten. If you wish to donate a parting gift, please discuss with the teachers.

 

Nut Free Zone

Please remember that our kindergarten is a nut free zone, this includes any items that contain traces of peanuts/nuts.

 

What Food To Bring

Children are required to bring a named lunch box with healthy snacks for their morning tea and lunch. For more information please see the Starting Sheet at the kindergarten. Please make us aware of any special dietary requirements or allergies.

 

We suggest that a healthy snack may include the following:

  • Sandwiches and a piece of fruit
  • Biscuit/cracker/fruit
  • Cheese slice and a piece of fruit
  • A muffin and a piece of fruit
  • Dried fruit and cheese

 

However the following are not recommended:

  • Chocolate/sweets
  • Chips
  • Rolls ups and fruit strings
  • Fizzy and fruit drinks
  • Peanut butter and Nutella
  • Bars and muesli bars

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