Mount Pleasant
39 Major Hornbrook Rd,
Mount Pleasant,
Phone: (03) 384 1065
Fax: (03) 384 1032
Kindy webpagewww.kidsfirst.co.nz/MtPleasant
Kia Ora

Our Teachers

Liza Hewison
Head Teacher
Bachelor of Teaching and Learning
Claire Newman
Bachelor of Education
Diploma of Teaching
Helen Ridley
Bachelor of Education
Diploma of Teaching (ECE)
Lisa Fleming
Diploma 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 Keryn Barlow


Our Hours Are...

Session Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri
Full-day 8:30-13:00
Morning 8:30-12:30 8:30-12:30 8:30-12:30 8:30-12:30
Afternoon 12:30-14:30 12:30-14:30 12:30-14:30 12:30-14:30

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


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 jenny.pitama@kidsfirst.org.nz, or call on 338 1303.


Ngā mihi,

Sherryll Wilson
Chief Executive



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 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
       of their inner and outer worlds


     • children will have opportunities to appreciate
       their role in sustaining our world.


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.














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