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Parklands
20 Chadbury St,
Parklands,
Christchurch
Phone: (03) 383 0777
Fax: (03) 383 0774
Kindy webpagewww.kidsfirst.co.nz/Parklands
Welcome
Kia Ora

Our Teachers

Cindy Snelson
Head Teacher
Diploma of Teaching (ECE)
Tina Lipsham
Teacher
Bachelor of Teaching and Learning
Lisa Kircher
Teacher
Bachelor of Teaching and Learning
Liz Scott
Teacher
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 Mary Wood

 

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 8:30-11:30 8:30-11:30 8:30-11:30 8:30-11:30 8:30-11:30

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 Sessions

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. We have key focus times for kai (morning and afternoon tea) and mat times. For more detailed 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.

 

Kai Time

Teachers/adults sit with children to encourage healthy eating, promote sustainability and extend conversation. They 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 come early if you would like to help.

 

Recyclables

We welcome materials for collage use especially small cardboard boxes, film canisters, fabric and milk bottle tops etc. 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.

 

Sustainability Within Our Programme

We are proud of our kindergarten programme, which educates children and their families/whānau about the environment, our responsibilities and place in it.

 

Parking

Kindergarten parents are allowed to park at the Bowling Club car park. Please open the gate if you are the first to arrive and leave it open. Make sure your child stays close to you to ensure their safety.

 

Washing

We do not have washing facilities at kindergarten, rather we are assisted by parents who collect the washing. Please take the green washing bag from the foyer and wash in hot water. We thank you for your assistance.

 

Parent Library

We have a collection of books, videos and pamphlets on parenting issues as well as children’s growth and development. These are located to the left of the main door. Please read at kindergarten or see a teacher to borrow an item.

 

Lost Property

A lost property storage unit is located in the shelving system outside the front entrance. There is also a hat box for children to borrow hats from.

 

Birthdays

We celebrate your child’s 5th birthday at the farewell mat time with a special hat and a dough cake, which s/he helps to make at kindergarten. Parents/whānau are invited to attend their child’s special mat time. Parents are welcome to provide a small gift for the kindergarten, if you choose (please no food).

 

Nut Free Zone

Because we have highly allergic children our kindergarten is a nut free zone, so please check that all food items do not contain any traces of peanuts/nuts.

 

What Food To Bring

We ask children to bring a partitioned lunch box so no wrappers are needed. We promote the healthiest foods for children’s growth and development, which means we highly recommend one or two of these easily consumed options: sandwiches, fruit, vegetables or sushi. Also bring water only in a bottle to drink. Please make us aware of any special dietary requirements and allergies. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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