39 Major Hornbrook Rd,
Phone: (03) 384 1065
Fax: (03) 384 1032
Email us email@example.com
Bachelor of Teaching and Learning
Bachelor of Education
Diploma of Teaching
Bachelor of Education
Diploma of Teaching (ECE)
Diploma of Teaching (ECE)
Our ESM is Keryn Barlow
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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
We have a great kindergarten with a real spirit. While we have been displaced, we are currently operating at the Church of Ascension and finding exciting ways to learn and have fun.
When you come to Kidsfirst Mount Pleasant, you'll see our pukeko statue which is a symbol of our local environment and a way that we remember the important role we have in caring for our world.
You are welcome to visit us and see us in action....
Our Session Times
We offer an all day session from 8.30am - 2.30pm on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday.
On these days we also offer a morning session from 8.30am - 12.30pm and an afternoon session from 12.30pm - 2.30pm.
Our session on Wednesday runs from 8.30am - 1.00pm.
Kidsfirst at the Bays: information update
Kia ora Kidsfirst Kindergartens Mt Pleasant whānau, and welcome back!
At the end of 2016 we were finally granted approval for our Resource Consent application to establish a new kindergarten on the McCormacks Bay Reserve. It has taken nearly two years to get to this stage and we are delighted to now share our plans with you, confident that we will definitely be proceeding with the project.
There is a display board at the Kindergarten showing the plans, and the colours and materials chosen specifically for the site. We also have a landscape and playground plan available to get you excited about the new outdoor environment!
Much thought has gone into the design – all with our tamariki, teachers and families in mind. Our new Kindergarten will be light, warm, inviting – a great place to play and work. Here’s our project brief:
A community place reflective of Kindergarten’s New Zealand heritage – natural and local. The environment reflects the wairua of the community – the spiritual and physical look, feel, and attitude – cultural and natural, and enhances learning and teaching.
The physical environment and resources encourage critical thought, wonderment and inquiry, provide challenges and opportunities for risk-taking, provoke intellectual stimulation, and are inclusive for all young children.
Detailed plans are currently being drawn in preparation for submitting the building consent. Given the complexities of the site, we are anticipating that the new centre will be open in the latter part of 2018. Updates will come to you throughout the year charting our progress.
If you have any questions, please email firstname.lastname@example.org, or call on 338 1303.
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.
Here are some extracts from our last ERO Report. For the full report visit www.ero.govt.nz or ask to see our copy at the kindergarten. Last year we had a review with the Ministry of Education (on the 22nd of February 2011). Following this we held a discussion and feel some of those points are a good way of describing to new parents our strengths as a teaching team. RELATIONSHIPS There were positive and affirming relationships between teachers and children, and among children. ERO observed • Caring and nurturing interactions between teachers and children
Here are some extracts from our last ERO Report.
For the full report visit www.ero.govt.nz or ask to see our copy at the kindergarten.
Last year we had a review with the Ministry of Education (on the 22nd of February 2011).
Following this we held a discussion and feel some of those points are a good way of describing to new parents our strengths as a teaching team.
There were positive and affirming relationships between teachers and children, and among children.
• Caring and nurturing interactions between teachers and children
Our Kidsfirst Kindergarten is a place where
• children are valued and appreciated for who they are
• children's expressions of their own ideas
is supported and valued
• children know their creativity is valued as a language
• children will have opportunities to appreciate
As teachers, we notice what your child is involved in and recognize the learning that is happening for them. Your child's knowledge, strengths and attitudes combine as dispositions of learning.
In your child's learning stories we highlight these dispositions, which include:
Courage and curiosity
Trust and playfulness
We use learning stories to help your child to revisit their learning and reflect on their achievements and be inspired further.
We create a PORTFOLIO for every child. You can take this home to share with your family and whānau (although we ask you to tell a teacher you're taking it). You are encouraged to add stories and photos from home if you'd like. This extends our knowledge and helps create a whole picture of the learning that is taking place for your child.
The children's portfolios provide a valuable source of information as we plan our programme to support individual and group learning.
Our program is based on Te Whāriki. This is founded on the following aspiration for children:
"to grow up as competent and confident learners and communicators, healthy in mind, body and spirit, secure in their sense of belonging and in the knowledge theat they make a valued contribution to society."
Te Whāriki is a woven mat of strands, principles and goals that encompasses all the experience, activites and events that children experience here at kindergarten - and that provides the framework for our daily programmes.
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.
Group times are an important part of the kindergarten session where we share stories, sing songs and children contribute the work they have achieved throughout the day. At group times we also discuss our ongoing learning as well as revisit prior learning.
Teachers sit with children to encourage healthy eating and conversation, and will support children as they open containers and eat. Please bring a named water bottle along for your child.
This part of our day is where we encourage children to contribute to keeping our environment tidy. We appreciate any assistance from parents and caregivers as well.
How Parents Can Help
We really appreciate parent support and we have a roster for the term at the sign in area. We do not have washing facilities and rely on parent support here too. Please add your name to the roster if you can help. We appreciate support at out clean-up times.
We are always appreciative of your recyclable materials for collage and woodwork (e.g. film canisters, wool, fabric, 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.
We ask that you park your vehicle on the roadside or in the parking available in the church carparks. Please be mindful that children will be coming and going. The individual car parks are not painted but we ask that you park parallel to the teachers cars. This is the most economical use of space and safer.
A lost property box is located in the the sign in area. Please check this regularly. At the end of term we donate the lost property to charity. It is helpful to name your child’s clothing.
What Food To Bring
Children are required to bring a named lunch box with healthy snacks for their morning or afternoon tea or lunch. We suggest a sandwich and fruit or vegetables. We prefer children not to bring lollies, chocolates and yoghurts please. Please make us aware of any special dietary requirements and allergies.
Nut Free Zone
Don’t forget that our kindergarten is a peanut free zone, so please check that all items do not contain any traces of peanuts (this includes peanut butter). We do have several children with severe allergies to peanuts.