Ngaire Larcombe
320 Wainoni Rd,
Phone: (03) 388 1406
Mobile: 027 550 8408
Fax: (03) 388 1429
Kindy webpagewww.kidsfirst.co.nz/NgaireLarcombe
Kia Ora

Our Teachers

Kate Norman
Head Teacher
Bachelor of Teaching (ECE)
Jennifer McBride
Diploma of Teaching
Kate Croat
Bachelor of Teaching and Learning
Diploma of Teaching (ECE)
Joseph McMahon
Graduate Diploma in Early Childhood Teaching
Sangita Malcolm
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 Lorraine Stewart


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


Our Session Times

We offer a full day session from 8.30am - 2.30pm Monday to Friday. We can usually be flexible with the number of sessions you would like your child to attend but some restrictions may apply, so please talk to one of our teachers. In addition, we are always available to talk with parents and caregivers after 3pm, so please make an appointment if you would like to do this.



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 mat times at 9.30am and 12.00pm. On Monday and Wednesday mornings children who are nearly off to school are able to involve themselves in more structured Knowledge Seekers group activities and experiences. We also ask for a coin donation each week to cover the cost of providing milk as a drink option for children. If you would prefer to make a monthly or term donation towards this cost please talk to the teachers.


Mat/Group Time

Mat times are an important part of the kindergarten session where we share stories, extend children’s thinking, investigate and explore the wider world. 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.


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.



On the wall in the collage area is an extensive list of materials we collect - 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.



Kindergarten parents are asked not to park cars in the kindergarten entrance, as this needs to be kept free for teachers and for other families to access safely.



We do not have washing facilities at kindergarten, rather we are assisted by parents when required. Please add your name to the parent washing roster if you can help out.


Parent Library

We have a collection of books, DVDs and pamphlets on parenting issues as well as children’s growth and development. These are located in the foyer. Please record any items that you borrow in the notebook. There are also many other items of interest, which you are welcome to use.


Lost Property

A lost property box is located in the foyer at the front entrance.



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


What Food To Bring

Children are required to bring a named lunch box with healthy snacks for their morning and afternoon tea. Drinks are not required as they are provided. Please make us aware of any special dietary requirements and allergies. Foods more appropriate for eating at home will be returned to the child's kai box - 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:

  • Sandwiches/fruit/crackers/
  • cheese/muffins/pikelets/
  • dried fruit/yoghurt/jelly/sushi

However, the following are not allowed:

  • Muesli bars/biscuits/chocolate/
  • sweets/chips/roll ups

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