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Redwood
Enrolment or waitlist enquiries
345A Main North Rd,
Redwood,
Christchurch
Kindy webpagewww.kidsfirst.co.nz/Redwood
Welcome
Kia Ora

Our Teachers

Lyndell Turner
Head Teacher
Bachelor of Teaching and Learning (ECE)
Diploma of Teaching (ECE)
Higher Diploma of Teaching
Margaret Peat
Teacher
NZ Free Kindergarten Union Diploma
Carolyn Ryk
Teacher
Bachelor of Education Teaching (Early Years)
Nadene Hunter
Teacher
Diploma of Teaching (ECE)
Jenn Corner
Teacher
Bachelor of Teaching and Learning (ECE)


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.

 

KIA ORA • TALOFA LAVA • MALO E LELEI • 

FAKALOFA LAHI ATU • NAMASTE • KIA ORANA NISA BULA • TALOHA NI NHAO •

 

NAU MAI, TAUTI MAI, HAERE MAI • WELCOME!

 

You’ll find our kindergarten in the heart of the Redwood community, tucked alongside the beautiful Redwood Park with its luscious, shady trees and cheeky fantails.

 

Children at Kidsfirst Kindergartens Redwood learn in an environment and philosophy that values and supports uninterrupted and sustainable play. Teachers use rich language to provoke and inspire children to develop their problem solving skills, and engage within their learning environment. Children are seen as risk takers and strategic thinkers, confident and capable.  A strong sense of Manaakitanga (caring and respect) and Whanaungatanga (family, relationships, history, traditions) are central to the culture that is Te Kura Pūhou Tamariki-Ki-Mua Redwood – Kidsfirst Kindergartens Redwood.

 

Indoors, Kidsfirst Kindergartens Redwood has a homelike feel. Children aged 2 – 5 years can access a range of resources that are carefully and intentionally presented to evoke thinking and exploration.  Learning occurs in all spaces at the child’s pace.   This is an environment supportive of the mana, wairua and mauri our tamariki bring when they come to us. Tamariki are encouraged to be mindful and in awe of the world around them, and respectful of the environment they play and learn in.

 

Our large outdoor space has beautiful, established trees, real grass and a vege garden complete with worm farm, native birds and bugs, offering tamariki freedom to explore and engage with the natural world outside, in all weather. This develops each child’s ability to understand the complexity and wonder of the world they live in, and enhance their connections with nature. A calm yet busy environment exists in the outside spaces.  Green grass, barked areas, gardens, areas to experience physical challenges such as climbing trees, and equipment specially designed to support children’s physical growth and development are features.  Tamariki choose from and learn to use a range of real resources such as saws, hammers, nails, gardening equipment, spades and shovels.  In using this equipment, they learn about managing risk and making safe choices for meaningful play. 

 

We have an ‘open door’ approach - whānau are welcome to stay at any time. The notion of community and connectedness is important here, it’s at the heart of what we do. We value the relationships we build with our whānau/families, and look forward to making new connections, embracing the multiculturalism and diversity of our community.  Our families, past and present, are an important part of our kindergarten life.  We value this greatly and we encourage family/ whānau to visit and take part in their child’s kindergarten day, sharing your skills and culture too. We also understand the pressures on working parents – there is no pressure for you to stay.  You can be involved whenever it suits you.

 

You will see us out and about visiting in our local area, supporting our tamariki to strengthen the connection they have within their local community and to further explore this magical setting in their role as caretakers (kaitiaki) of our environment. Strong links with our local primary schools help to support the transition to school for you and your child, as he/she moves on from kindergarten.

 

Our kindergarten operates for six hours each day, from 8.30am – 2.30pm. This works really well if you have older children going to school as you can do the drop offs and pick-ups at the same time. 

We would recommend that you enrol for at least two full days – building up to five days.  This gives our teachers time to get to know your child and gives some consistency around supporting their learning.  It’s hard for our teachers to do this with just a few hours here and there.

 

Come in any time – we’ll show you around and make you welcome!

 

 

 

 

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