345A Main North Rd,
Phone: (03) 352 7778
Fax: (03) 352 7748
Kindy webpagewww.kidsfirst.co.nz/Redwood
Kia Ora

Our Teachers

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

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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 8:30-14:30 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. For more detailed information about the daily routine and kindergarten policies, please see our notice board.


Transition Time (session begins) - From 8.30

This is the time when children and whanau arrive. Children are encouraged to take responsibility for putting belongings away. A time for children to meet up with their friends and be supported to settle in for the day.


Whanau Time - 9.00

A collaborative group time where news is shared by both teachers and children, mihi are shared, learning may be revisited from the previous day's discussion about opportunities for investigation and research over the forthcoming day.


Facilitated Learning Through Play - From 9.10

Where children have opportunities to explore, discover, investigate and engage in a wide range of learning opportunities that have been thoughtfully and intentionally presented.


Social Kai Time - From 10.00

Children are encouraged to take a break from their busyness, sit and have kai with their friends.


Transition and Re-presentation of the Environment - 12.10

An opportunity for children to show initiative and responsibility to tidy and re-present their learning environment. Children staying on for the day may be encouraged to choose different equipment or activities for the afternoon. We individually farewell children leaving at 12.30. Teachers may offer a transitional group time for those staying on for lunch and the afternoon.


Kai Time (lunch) - From 12.30

A wonderful social, relaxed time to refuel our bodies with growing food and chat with teachers and friends. An important social time for children and teachers to connect, discuss and revisit the morning's work and make plans for the afternoon.


Facilitated Learning Through Play - From 12.50

Children have more opportunity to revisit and build on previous learning, continue to explore and investigate their environment and continue to build on relationships supported by teachers.


Transition Time (tidy-up) - 2.00


Revisiting Learning Time - 2.20

A quiet but significant end to the day. A time for teachers and children to reflect on their learning experiences, talk about individual achievements for themselves and others and share thoughts and ideas for the next day.



On the wall in the collage area is an extensive list of materials we collect such as 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.



We do not have washing facilities at kindergarten, rather we are assisted by parents who collect the weekly washing each Friday.


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 by the office door. There are also many other items of interest, which you are welcome to use.


Lost Property

A yellow lost property box is located in the locker room.



We celebrate your child’s 5th birthday at the farewell mat time with a special dough cake, which s/he helps to make at kindergarten


Nut Free Zone

Don’t forget that our kindergartens are nut free zones, so please check that all items do not contain any traces of peanuts/nuts.


What Food To Bring

Children are required to bring a named lunch box with a small healthy snacks for their morning or afternoon tea. Children are to bring their own named drink bottle with water only. Please make us aware of any special dietary requirements and allergies. 


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

The following are not encouraged:

  • Chocolate/sweets
  • Muesli bars/chocolate biscuits
  • Yoghurt
  • Chips

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