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Lady May
Enrolment or waitlist enquiries
11 Haynes Ave,
Upper Riccarton,
Christchurch
Mobile: 027 550 8401
Fax: (03) 341 2219
Kindy webpagewww.kidsfirst.co.nz/LadyMay
Welcome
Kia Ora

Our Teachers

Gae Thawley
Head Teacher
Diploma of Teaching (ECE)
Caroline Eatwell-McKeogh
Teacher
Diploma of Teaching (ECE)
Nicky Agnew
Teacher
Diploma of Teaching


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 Lorraine Stewart

 

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 8:30-12:30 8:30-12:30 8:30-12:30 8:30-12:30 8:30-12:30

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.

 

 

Nau mai, Haere mai, Welcome!

 

You’ll find Kidsfirst Kindergartens Lady May in Upper Riccarton – located in a vibrant and diverse neighbourhood avenue across the road from Hansons Park and the local playground. You’ll be drawn in by our large, peaceful, natural environment, our diversity, and our focus on community, Te Ao Māori and bicultural practice.  Playfulness, adventure, creativity and exploration are valued ways of being at Lady May – learning is fun! 

 

Our skilled and experienced teaching team is proud to provide a programme for children aged 2 – 5 years where we foster a strong sense of belonging. We do this by encouraging children to show Manaakitanga - caring for each other, and Kaitiakitanga - caring for our environment. Kaiako/teachers work together with each other, children and whānau to design a rich and responsive learning environment, thoughtfully laid out and providing areas for group interactions or individual play and learning.  We encourage our tamariki to be self-directing, creating their own challenges and being supported to achieve these.

 

Outside at Kidsfirst Lady May we have a large, leafy big backyard with fruit trees and vegetable gardens - ideal for curious learners and creative imaginations.  There’s a variety of challenging climbing and physical play equipment inviting active exploration.  Green grass, barked areas and equipment specially designed to support children’s physical growth and development are features.  Tamariki choose from and learn to use a range of real resources such as saws, hammers, nails, gardening equipment, spades and shovels.  In using this equipment, they learn about managing risk and making safe choices for meaningful play.   There’s space for running, jumping, climbing, swinging and exploring as well as peaceful places to connect with nature, and make sense of our natural world.

 

Te Tiriti o Waitangi and Te Whāriki, our New Zealand Early Childhood Curriculum, form the foundation of teaching and learning in our kindergarten, strengthening early learning and laying a strong foundation for lifelong learning.  We embrace the concepts of kotahitanga - unity, tuakana/teina – the reciprocal roles of teacher and learner, and ako - that the educator is also learning from the child, and that the learner and whānau cannot be separated.  Our qualified and experienced teaching team is committed to inclusion, equity and fairness.

 

“He waka eke noa”

A vehicle in which everyone may embark without exception

 

Building trusting, caring and respectful relationships with whānau/families over time is key to our success in supporting and facilitating children’s learning. Parents and whānau contribute in many ways, including discussions about their aspirations for children, spending time with us in session, sharing their knowledge and strengths with kaiako/teachers and children. The language, culture and identity of our families is highly respected and valued - whānau/ families are viewed as significant partners, and are included in our early learning journey.

 

We have an ‘open door’, approach, and whānau are welcome to stay at any time - community and connectedness is important here. It’s at the heart of what we do. We have strong links with our local primary schools, which supports the transition to school for you and your child, as he/she moves on from Kindergarten.

 

We have many community events and celebrations - knowing and caring for people in our community is important to us and they in return care for us and our kindergarten.  Kaiako and tamariki have established a community garden at the front of our kindergarten which is a place for sharing ideas, plants, seeds and produce.  We visit the local library, school, and park and shops regularly, you’ll often see us out and about exploring our community and helping the children to make sense of their place in it.

 

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 enrol for at least two full days – building up to five days.  This gives our teachers time to get to know your child and gives 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!

 

 

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