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39 Major Hornbrook Rd,
Phone: (03) 384 1065
Fax: (03) 384 1032
Email us firstname.lastname@example.org
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Our ESM is Keryn Barlow
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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.
Our new kindergarten, Kidsfirst Kindergartens The Bays, will open in July 2018 on the McCormacks Bay Reserve, next to the Community Centre. We can't wait!
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.
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
Nau Mai, Haere Mai, Welcome!
You will find our Kindergarten nestled on a hill by the name of Tauhinu-korokio overlooking the sea, surrounded by bush echoing with the sounds of native birds. We are unique in our temporary premises, sharing our “church kindergarten” with the local parish and the community, allowing tamariki to feel a real sense of belonging.
Our program for children aged 2 – 5 years places significance on our three curriculum priorities of ako (inquiry learning), rangatiratanga (leadership), and holistic development. A sense of spontaneity, humour and joy is woven throughout our programme every day. We place a strong emphasis on sustainability, caring for our three kindergarten hei hei (chickens), and our natural environment plays a large part in our daily programme – supporting the children to develop eco-awareness and to understand their role in it.
Our teaching team has a strong commitment to creating partnerships with our families and whānau. We want to get to know you and your family well, nurturing authentic and trusting relationships. Whanaungatanga - family, relationships, history, traditions – all these things help us to support your child with their learning. Whānau contribute and support our daily curriculum in many ways, but we understand the pressures on working parents too – there is no pressure for you to stay. You can be involved whenever it suits you.
You will see us out and about visiting in our local area, supporting our tamariki to strengthen the connection they have within their local community and to further explore this magical setting in their role as caretakers (kaitiaki) of our environment. At Kidsfirst Kindergartens The Bays your child will learn to ask questions about their world, helping them to make sense of it. Strong links with our local primary school help to support the transition to school for you and your child, as he/she moves on from kindergarten.
Our kindergarten operates for six hours (four days) from 8.30am – 2.30pm, and from 8.30 am - 1pm on Wednesdays. This works really well if you have older children going to school as you can do the drop offs and pick-ups at the same time. We would recommend that you enroll for at least two full days. This gives our teachers time to get to know your child and gives some consistency around supporting their learning. It’s hard for our teachers to do this with just a few hours here and there.
Come in and see us any time, we’ll make you welcome!
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.