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

Our Teachers

Liza Hewison
Head Teacher
Bachelor of Teaching and Learning
Kimberly Kilday
Bachelor of Teaching and Learning (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.


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.


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!



















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