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Pitcairn Crescent
33 Pitcairn Cres,
Bryndwr,
Christchurch
Phone: (03) 351 7842
Fax: (03) 351 7802
Kindy webpagewww.kidsfirst.co.nz/Pitcairn
Welcome
Kia Ora

Our Teachers

Bernadette Dawson
Head Teacher
Bachelor of Teaching and Learning
Graduate Certificate in Management (ECE)
Jennifer McGrane
Teacher
NZ Free Kindergarten Union Diploma
Rebecca Herbert
Teacher
Bachelor of Education


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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 Nicki Chapman

 

Our Hours Are...

Session Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri
Full-day 8:45-14:45 8:45-14:45 8:45-14:45 8:45-14:45 8:45-14:45
Morning 8:45-12:45 8:45-12:45 8:45-12:45 8:45-12:45 8:45-12:45

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 curriculum incorporates a wide range of planned and emergent activities. The programme is child focused. Emergent activities follow children’s interests and are central to our planning. For more detailed information about the daily routine and kindergarten policies, please see our notice board.

 

Group and Mat Time

Group and mat times are an important part of the kindergarten session, where we welcome and farewell each other. We also share stories, songs and fun together.

 

Kai Time

This is time for children to take a break from their play, to eat, regain energy and socialise. Children talk, discuss nutrition, and show hygiene and independence skills.

 

Tidy-Up Time

At the end of the session, we encourage children to help put equipment away, and generally tidy up. We appreciate assistance from parents/caregivers.

 

Programme Routines

Morning Session: Arrive/Welcome.

Group time - all children.

Free choice independent play - small groups e.g. music, stories, games.

Tidy-up time.

Mat time.

 

Lunch- all children eat kai together

12.45pm - Some children leave for home

 

Afternoon Session: Arrival/Welcome.

Free choice independent play - small groups e.g. music, stories, games.

Tidy-up time.

Mat time - all children.

 

Materials For Creative Construction

We are keen to use lots of different materials for art, etc such as magazines, wood off-cuts for carpentry, film canisters, fabric and milk bottle tops (please do not send toilet rolls and/or polystyrene). Natural materials are always in demand e.g. shells, driftwood, etc.

 

Excursions

To provide greater opportunity for learning, children will be invited to go on trips.

 

Laundry Facilities

We do not have washing facilities at kindergarten. We appreciate it if parents could offer to wash towels, aprons etc. Parents will also be asked to launder the sleeping bag for his/her own child if it is used.

 

Our Pets

We have pets at kindergarten. If you are keen to take them home just ask!! It’s a great opportunity to care for them for a weekend or for the holidays.

 

Parent Library

We have a selection of books, videos, DVD’s and pamphlets on children’s development and parenting. We also have information about our local schools, transition to school, and relevant Education Review Office reports. We hope you will read them! 

 

Lost Property

Please check the lost property box regularly for those 'lost' items.

 

Birthdays

Children’s 5th birthdays are celebrated at a farewell mat time. Parents may provide a treat for the children such as stickers or pencils, or a gift for the kindergarten e.g. book, game or toy cars.

 

Sunhats

Please bring a named legionnaires or bucket hat in summer months, as they must be worn for outside play. 

 

What Food To Bring

We encourage children to bring a named lunch box with healthy food for their morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea (if attending for a full day). Can the children please bring a named and filled bottle of water. Water is available. Please make us aware of any special dietary requirements or allergies.

 

Nut Free Zone

Because of severe allergies please DO NOT SEND NUTS. This includes all nuts, Nutella and peanut butter.

 

Healthy Snack Suggestions

We suggest that a healthy snack may include the following:

  • A sandwich and a piece of fruit
  • Crackers/fruit
  • Cheese slice and a piece of fruit
  • A small muffin and a piece of fruit
  • Dried fruit and cheese

However, the following are not allowed:

  • Chocolate/sweets/juice
  • Nuts/peanut butter/Nutella

 

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