Enrolment or waitlist enquiries
533 St Asaph St,
Mobile: 027 550 8420
Fax: (03) 379 7529
Kindy webpagewww.kidsfirst.co.nz/Phillipstown
Kia Ora

Our Teachers

Kathy Harford
Head Teacher
Bachelor of Teaching and Learning
Denise Swaby-Scott
NZ Free Kindergarten Union Diploma
Rihari Taratoa-Bannister
Bachelor of Education
Dawn Chamberlain
Bachelor of Education
Diploma of Teaching
Bindu Naik
Graduate Diploma of Teaching (ECE)
Mish Lasseter
Graduate Diploma in Early Childhood Teaching

Join Our Whānau

Click Here For Info

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 Nicki Chapman


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. You are welcome to sit on the mat to support your child and join in if you would like to.


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.


Collage Resources

We are always keen to collect collage items. The children are very creative with all sorts of items, especially natural materials eg. pine cones, feathers, shells, nuts, driftwood, seeds. We accept all nature's treasures and a wide range of tubes, boxes, fabric, wool... (except toilet rolls and medicine containers).


Community Garden Project

We grow vegetables and fruit and encourage our children and whānau to help with planting, watering and weeding. We all enjoy the rewards of fresh produce.



Please park on the street. If you have a special need talk to the head teacher and an alternative will be arranged.



We do not have washing facilities at kindergarten, rather we are assisted by parents who collect the washing. The washing bag will be put on the sign in table when it is full. We would appreciate your help.


Parent Library

We have a collection of books, pamphlets and DVDs on parenting issues as well as children’s growth and development. Please inform a staff member if you wish to borrow a book.


Lost Property

Please name your child's clothing so we can return it to you. Otherwise please check Lost Property regularly.


Farewell Celebration

Farewell Celebrations are discussed with the teachers to meet the needs of the family. Generally we celebrate the child’s 5th birthday at the farewell mat time with a special dough cake, which s/he helps to make at Kindergarten. Parents are encouraged to spend this mat time with their child.


We discourage parents from bringing treats to give to the children at this time.


What Food To Bring

Children are asked to bring a named lunch box with healthy snacks for their morning and lunch. Drinks are not required as we provide water. Please make us aware of any special dietary requirements and allergies. Unsuitable food items will be returned to your child to take home at the end of their session - 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:

  • Sandwich and a piece of fruit
  • Biscuit/cracker/fruit
  • Cheese slice and a piece of fruit
  • A muffin and a piece of fruit
  • Dried fruit and cheese
























Christchurch Content Mangement Website