Enrolment or waitlist enquiries
121 Northcote Rd,
Mobile: 027 550 8404
Kindy webpagewww.kidsfirst.co.nz/Northcote
Kia Ora

Our Teachers

Leigh Downie
Head Teacher
Advanced Diploma of Teaching
Diploma of Teaching (ECE)
Laura Bolderston
Graduate Diploma of Teaching and Learning
Adelle Werder
Bachelor of Education (Teaching) EC

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 Susan Szentivanyi


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
Morning 8:30-12:30 8:30-12:30 8:30-12:30 8:30-12:30 8:30-12:30

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

Your child can come to our kindergarten for up to 6 hours a day, Monday to Friday, during our 4 kindergarten terms.
These terms echo the terms your child will have when they start school.



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

Whānau/Group time: 9.05am

Kai/Morning tea: 9.30 -10.30am

Mat time: 11.20 - 11.30am

(end of morning option)


Lunch (for children staying): 11.30 - 12.00pm

Mat time: 2.20pm

End of day: 2.30pm


A more detailed programme list is on the wall on the parent notice board.


Whānau Time

Mat times are an important part of the kindergarten programme where we share stories and sing songs/waiata. 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.


Kai Time

Teachers sit with children to encourage healthy eating and conversation. The children have a shared morning tea of fruit. Please provide 3 pieces a week. Thank you!


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.


Invitation to Parent Help

We need and value your support at kindergarten. If you would like to help or contribute your time at any stage, please tell a staff member and we will suggest ways in which you can be involved.




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