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Shirley
Enrolment or waitlist enquiries
3B Ajax Street,
Shirley,
Christchurch
Fax: (03) 385 1529
Kindy webpagewww.kidsfirst.co.nz/Shirley
Welcome
Kia Ora

Our Teachers

Janette Bowen
Head Teacher
Bachelor of Teaching and Learning
Certificate of Management
Higher Diploma of Teaching
NZ Free Kindergarten Union Diploma
Anita Stowell
Teacher
Bachelor of Teaching and Learning (ECE)
Rebecca Dulieu
Teacher
Bachelor of Teaching and Learning
Jayne Ngariki
Teacher
Bachelor of Education
Diploma of Teaching (ECE)
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 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.

 

Nau mai, Haere mai, Welcome!

 

You’ll find us tucked away in Ajax St in Shirley, a huge hidden garden down a long drive – look for our flags! Kidsfirst Kindergarten Shirley is a bright and welcoming space where fantastic learning takes place every day for children aged 2 – 5 years. We provide place-based education that connects our tamariki to our local heritage, landscape, cultures and experiences.  Kidsfirst Shirley reflects the multicultural and diverse community that we are at the heart of.

 

Indoors, our kindergarten is spacious, warm and filled with natural light, providing a calm, open, expansive and inspiring learning environment which enhances and encourages collaborative ways of working for our learners, with areas set up for children to explore and engage in play experiences with and alongside each other.  Children can choose from a wide range of resources and equipment:  there are quiet, creative and imaginative play areas.   Learning occurs in all spaces at the child’s pace.   

 

Our beautiful, large outdoor area promotes the children's interactions with nature, and our wide open spaces provide the opportunities for children to challenge and grow their physical capabilities through active exploration. A calm, yet busy environment exists here.  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.  Our backyard space excites curiosity with natural discoveries, changing seasons and the insects and birds which reside here.

 

At Kidsfirst Kindergartens Shirley, tamariki are encouraged to make their own choices and take responsibility for their learning in a supportive, safe environment. Our tamariki are empowered by our skilled and experienced teaching team to take risks, develop independence, work alongside each other, respect diversity and problem solve.

 

We actively support children’s learning, their interests, skills and abilities, acknowledging and valuing every person in our kindergarten as a teacher and learner.  This supports the tikanga principle of ako: that the educator is also learning from the child, and that the learner and whānau cannot be separated. 

 

We support and encourage whānau involvement as much as each individual family is able to give, understanding that today there are often other demands on time.  We are here to help each family to find the right balance for them and their child, and we welcome visitors to the kindergarten to extend the children’s interests and learning.  We encourage whanaungatanga, (respectful, reciprocal relationships) creating support systems for our tamariki to enhance their learning.

 

Our kindergarten has developed strong links within our local community – you’ll often see us out and about exploring our community and helping the children to make sense of their place in it. We have strong relationships with the local schools, supporting you and your child to transition to school.

 

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 really get to know your child and gives 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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