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Riccarton
Enrolment or waitlist enquiries
19 Harakeke St,
Riccarton,
Christchurch
Kindy webpagewww.kidsfirst.co.nz/Riccarton
Welcome
Kia Ora

Our Teachers

Sarah Scrase
Head Teacher
Bachelor of Teaching and Learning (ECE)
Angela de Gouw
Teacher
Bachelor of Teaching and Learning (ECE)
Kymaia Slater
Teacher
Bachelor of Teaching and Learning (ECE)
Carla Beckingsale
Teacher
Post Graduate Diploma of Education


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 Keryn Barlow

 

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 us in a quiet neighbourhood, just off Kilmarnock Road – not far from Riccarton Bush, where we regularly take groups of children to enjoy this beautiful natural area, to walk through the bush, listen to the birds, observe the changing season or just run and play in the wide open space!

 

The rich cultural diversity of the children at Kidsfirst Kindergartens Riccarton makes us special, and we celebrate each individual child and their identity. Our fully-qualified and registered teaching team have a wealth of teaching experience and talents to share with the tamariki and are responsive to the interests, strengths and capabilities of all children aged 2 – 5 years. We get to know our children and their whānau well, fostering respectful relationships to help and support our tamariki succeed with their learning. Here, children are first and foremost valued, celebrated and affirmed for who they are and what they bring to their learning.

 

Our large kindergarten building is warm and inviting, set up to spark and grow children’s interest with areas for reading, relaxing, creating , exploring, constructing, dancing, baking, and playing with friends. Children aged 2 – 5 years can access a range of resources that are carefully and intentionally presented to evoke thinking and exploration.  We are richly resourced and encourage children to explore elements of the natural world through the inclusion of sand, shells, and wood incorporated into the play environment. We have a large covered veranda area that allows children to be outside in all weathers.

 

Our large outdoor space has beautiful, established trees, a gigantic sandpit with enough room for everyone, and a garden, 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. 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. 

 

At Kidsfirst Kindergartens Riccarton we have an ‘open door’, approach, and whānau are welcome to stay at any time - community and connectedness is important here. It’s at the heart of what we do. Our families are as involved in our daily life as much as they wish to be - supporting us with trips out and about into the community, helping us to keep kindergarten clean and tidy at the end of each term and enriching our programme by coming in and sharing skills, reading a story in a home language for example, or baking with children. Families have a strong sense of belonging here, and many friendships are formed between families at kindy.

 

You’ll see us out and about in our community, supporting our tamariki to strengthen the connection they have within their local community and to further explore in their role as caretakers (kaitiaki) of our environment. We enjoy getting out and about. We enjoy a close relationship with Enliven and Totara House (a centre for older adults), where small groups of children visit, and songs and games are shared. 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.

 

Riccarton 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 us, the teachers time to get to know your child and provides consistency around supporting their learning.

Come in any time, we are very proud of our unique learning environment and would love to show you around.  Kidsfirst Kindergartens Riccarton is a wonderful place to learn!

 

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