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McKenzie
107 Rattray St,
Riccarton,
Christchurch
Phone: (03) 348 4326
Fax: (03) 343 4356
Kindy webpagewww.kidsfirst.co.nz/McKenzie
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Kia Ora

Our Teachers

Jane Hynes
Head Teacher
Diploma of Teaching (ECE)
Marilyn Gray
Teacher
Bachelor of Teaching and Learning
Angela Dixon
Teacher
Bachelor of Education
Diploma of Teaching (ECE)
Miyuki Sakai
Teacher
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 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

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


Ours is a fantastic little kindergarten that welcomes children from a wide range of backgrounds into a great learning environment that's also a really fun place to come. We love it here and so do our children and their parents and caregivers.

 

 

Our Sessions

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. First group time: 9.30am and final group time: 2.15pm. Lunch is at 12.00 noon. 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. 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.

 

Recyclables

We collect a variety of materials for collage construction, e.g. 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 in the kindergarten driveway at any time - show consideration for our neighbours when parking.

 

Washing

We do not have washing facilities at kindergarten, rather we are assisted by parents who collect the weekly washing each Friday. A washing bag is placed near the main entrance when full.

 

Our Pets

We currently have a pet budgie called Mac. Families are welcome to take Mac home for the weekend and during the holidays. Reminders are written on the daily notice board.

 

Parent Library

We have a collection of books, videos and pamphlets on parenting issues and children’s growth and development. These are located on shelving to the left of our main entrance.

 

Lost Property

A lost property box is located under the sign in desk. Clothing left at the kindergarten will be put into the box and cleared at the end of term if not claimed.

 

Birthdays

We celebrate your child’s 5th birthday at the farewell mat time with a birthday hat and a dough cake, which s/he helps to make at kindergarten. Parents are welcome to provide a treat for the children, or small gift for the kindergarten.

 

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. Please speak to one of the teachers if you require more information.

 

What Food To Bring

Children are required to bring a named lunch box with healthy snacks for their morning tea and lunch. Drinks are not required as they are provided. Please make us aware of any special dietary requirements and allergies. Unsuitable food items will be returned to your child to take home at the end of their session - if you have any questions about the suitability of an item please see a teacher.

 

We suggest that a healthy snack may include the following:

  • A sandwich and a piece of fruit
  • Crackers/fruit
  • Cheese slice and a piece of fruit
  • A small muffin and a piece of fruit
  • Dried fruit and cheese

However the following are not allowed:

  • Chocolate/sweets

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