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171 Seaview Rd,
New Brighton,
Fax: (03) 388 8694
Kindy webpagewww.kidsfirst.co.nz/Nuffield
Kia Ora

Our Teachers

Lynley Burson
Head Teacher
NZ Free Kindergarten Union Diploma
Rachel Ryan
Diploma of Teaching (ECE)
Anita Thompson
NZ Free Kindergarten Union Diploma

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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
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

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.


Mat/Group Time

Mat times are an important part of the kindergarten session where we share stories and sing songs. This helps children to develop their concentration skills and learn to express themselves in a large group. If you wish to join your child on the mat you are most welcome but please be seated by the beginning of mat time.


Kai Time

An adult will sit with children to encourage healthy eating and conversation and will support children as they 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.



We collect an extensive list of materials for our collage area - 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.


Our Pets

We currently have two budgies. They require a home for holidays (see the teachers for details).


Parent Library

We have a collection of books and pamphlets on parenting issues as well as children's growth and development. These are located to the left of the kitchen. Please see staff to record the books/videos taken. There are also many other items of interest, which you are welcome to use. 


Lost Property

A lost property box is located outside on the veranda. Please check this regularly!



We celebrate your child's 5th birthday at the farewell mat time with a special card and dough cake, which s/he helps to make at kindergarten. Parents are welcome, if they wish, to provide a treat (no sweets please) for the children, or small gift for the kindergarten.


What Food To Bring

Children are required to bring 2 - 3 pieces of fruit per week for morning tea. For lunch, children should bring a named lunch box containing healthy food and a named water bottle.

Please make us aware of any special dietary requirements or allergies.



We are very grateful to all those parents who assist with our laundry - thank you.

For those wishing to help, please feel free to take the washing bag when it is placed on the sign in desk.



Kindergarten parents can park on Seaview Road (directly out front) for a limited time and on Beresford Street. Always ensure the entrance gates are shut behind you!





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