Lady May
11 Haynes Ave,
Upper Riccarton,
Phone: (03) 348 7234
Mobile: 027 550 8401
Fax: (03) 341 2219
Kindy webpagewww.kidsfirst.co.nz/LadyMay
Kia Ora

Our Teachers

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

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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 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.


Family Involvement

We appreciate and value family involvement- please let us know how you would like to be involved.

There is a parent notice board by the sign in sheet with information and upcoming events.



Children are required to bring a named lunch box with healthy kai for their morning tea and lunch. Drink bottles are not required as water is provided. Teachers sit with children to encourage healthy eating and conversation.


Some examples of healthy kai are:

  • Rice
  • Vegetables
  • Sandwiches
  • Dumplings
  • Fruit
  • Cheese and crackers
  • A small muffin
  • Sushi
  • Small containers of leftovers from dinner

Lost Property

Lost property is located where the children hang their bags. It is helpful if clothing is named. There is a permanent marker by the sign in sheets for use to name children’s belongings.


Leaving for School Farewell

We celebrate your child’s leaving for school with a farewell mat time with a crown and a playdough cake that they help to make. We encourage parents, caregivers and whānau to join us for this.

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