MacFarlane Park
19 Acheson Ave,
Phone: (03) 385 9696
Mobile: 027 550 8407
Fax: (03) 385 9794
Kindy webpagewww.kidsfirst.co.nz/MacFarlane
Kia Ora

Our Teachers

Tania Batley
Relieving Head Teacher
Graduate Diploma of Teaching (ECE)
Helen O'Connell
Diploma of Teaching (ECE)
Shenae Sloan
Bachelor 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 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.


Our Routines

Our days follow a regular routine, with time set aside for a number of activities. Detailed below are examples of the key focus times. For more information about the daily routine and kindergarten policies, please see our notice board.


Mat/Group Time

Mat times are an important part of the kindergarten session where we have activities, share stories and sing songs. This helps children to develop their concentration skills and learn to express themselves in a large group. You are welcome to sit on the mat to support your child and join in if you would like to.


Kai Time

Teachers sit with children to encourage healthy eating and conversation, and will support children as they open containers and eat.


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 let us know if you would like to help.



We recycle what we can at kindergarten. We use many different materials in the collage area such as magazines, film canisters, fabric and milk bottle tops. We accept anything clean except toilet rolls and medicine containers. Natural materials are always in demand e.g. pine cones, shells or driftwood, so please keep this in mind on your trips to the beach.



We do not have washing facilities at kindergarten, rather we are assisted by parents who take the washing as required. Please help if you can.


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 on the shelf under the sign in sheets. Please see staff if you wish to borrow them.


Lost Property

A lost property box is located in the locker area by the front entrance.



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 are welcome to provide a small gift for the kindergarten.


What Food To Bring

Children need to bring a named kai/lunch box with healthy nutritious food for lunch, which will give them the energy needed to learn. Morning teas are a social time for children please also bring 2 - 3 pieces of fruit per week. Drinks are not required as we provide milk and water. Please make us aware of any special dietary requirements and allergies. Unsuitable food items will be returned to your child to take home - if you have any questions about the suitability of an item please see a teacher.


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