23 Fergusson Ave,
Phone: (03) 385 2716
Mobile: 021 074 6786
Fax: (03) 386 0443
Kindy webpagewww.kidsfirst.co.nz/Mairehau
Kia Ora

Our Teachers

Raelene Forde
Head Teacher
Bachelor of Teaching and Learning
Diploma of Teaching (ECE)
Sonia Evans
Diploma of Teaching (ECE)
Alison Huddle
NZ Free Kindergarten Union Diploma
Penny Warren
Bachelor of Teaching and Learning

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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 share stories and sing songs. This helps children to develop their concentration skills and learn to express themselves in a large group.


Kai Time

Kai time occurs after morning mat time and children choose which food to 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 collect small grocery boxes, magazines, fabric and milk bottle tops, etc. 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.



We ask you to be considerate when parking, and refrain from parking over our and our neighbour’s driveways.



We do not have washing facilities at kindergarten, rather we are assisted by parents who collect the weekly washing each Thursday/Friday.


Parent Library

We have a collection of books, videos and pamphlets on parenting issues as well as children’s growth and development. Please record any items that you borrow in the notebook. There are also many other items of interest, which you are welcome to use.


Lost Property

A lost property box is located at the entrance of the kindergarten.



We celebrate your child’s 5th birthday at mat time with a special card, birthday hat, birthday information sheet and a dough cake, which s/he helps to make at kindergarten. Parents are welcome to provide a small gift for the kindergarten, if they wish.


What Food To Bring

Lunchtime occurs at approximately 11.30am. In the morning, a container is provided on the lunch box trolley for any food to go into the fridge - e.g yoghurt, cheese, sandwiches. Please provide containers that are easily opened as this encourages independence. You may provide a named drink bottle containing water. As we have a Healthy Heart Award, we encourage healthy eating.


We encourage healthy eating and discourage the following:

  • Chocolate/sweets
  • Chips


Nut Free Zone

Don’t forget that our kindergartens are nut free zones, so please check that all items do not contain any traces of peanuts/ nuts, peanut butter, Nutella, walnuts, hazelnuts, almonds etc, due to severe allergic reactions.

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