Rutland St
Enrolment or waitlist enquiries
188 Rutland St,
St Albans,
Fax: (03) 352 5124
Kindy webpagewww.kidsfirst.co.nz/Rutland St
Kia Ora

Our Teachers

Tracy Summerton
Head Teacher
Bachelor of Teaching and Learning (ECE)
Post Graduate Diploma of Education
Cath King
Diploma of Teaching (ECE)
Kylee Martin
Bachelor of Teaching and Learning
Sandra Bamford
Bachelor of Teaching and Learning with Honours
Fran Chapman
Bachelor of Teaching and Learning
Diploma of Teaching (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 Lorraine Stewart


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 an approximate timetable, however we feel it is important to be as flexible as possible to allow uninterrupted learning and development.  Detailed below are examples of regular routines. For more information about the daily routine and kindergarten policies, please see our notice board. 


Whariki Time

Whariki times are an important part of the kindergarten session its where we start the day, introduce the children the tikanga (Maori protocol) and provide children with the opportunity to share their thoughts and ideas.


Kai Time

The tamariki in the morning session bring their healthy kai in a named snack box. We encourage children to eat when they are hungry but do monitor this to ensure that children are eating. The tamariki in the afternoon sessions bring a piece of fruit to share in the afternoon and again we encourage children to eat when they are hungry. 


Tidy-Up Time

This is 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.


Library Time

Morning children have a library time where they can choose a book to take home. Please return it by the following week so another can be issued.



We are always in need of recyclables such as magazines, film canisters, fabric and milk bottle tops, carpentry wood etc. We accept anything except toilet rolls and medicine containers. Natural materials are always in demands e.g. shells or driftwood, so please keep this in mind on your trips to the beach.



When parking, please respect our neighbours and do not park over their driveways.



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


Parent Library

We have a collection of books, videos and pamphlets on parenting issues as well as children’s growth and development. Please record any items that you borrow in the notebook. There are also many other items of interest, which you are welcome to use.


Lost Property

A lost property box is located outside the front entrance.


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


What Food To Bring

Morning children are required to bring a named kai box with healthy snacks for their morning tea and a drink. We are a litterless kai box zone so please endeavour to use containers instead of packaging. Afternoon children bring a couple of pieces of fruit to share each week.

Please make us aware of any special dietary requirements and allergies. If you have any questions about the suitability of an item please see a teacher. We encourage healthy choices for your children.


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.




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