South Brighton
Enrolment or waitlist enquiries
39 Bridge St,
South Brighton,
Fax: (03) 388 7975
Kindy webpagewww.kidsfirst.co.nz/SthBrighton
Kia Ora

Our Teachers

Elizabeth Davey
Head Teacher
Diploma of Teaching (ECE)
Mika Fukasawa
Bachelor of Teaching and Learning
Sonia Evans
Diploma of Teaching (ECE)
Erin Kelly-Rogers
Diploma of Teaching (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 Susan Szentivanyi


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
Afternoon 12:30-14:30 12:30-14:30 12:30-14:30 12:30-14:30 12:30-14:30

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.


The teaching team hold weekly staff meetings outside session times, where they discuss and carry out programme planning, administration and how they can best meet children’s individual needs. Remember staff are also available to talk with parents and caregivers if you have any queries or concerns.



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. Detailed below are examples of the key focus times. For more information about the daily routine and kindergarten policies, please see our staff.


Mat/Group Time

Mat times are an important part of the kindergarten session where we share stories and sing songs and share the happenings of the day. Mat-times help the children get to know each other and helps build a sense of community and whanaunagtanga. They help children develop their concentration skills and develop confidence in their abilities to participate, contribute and express themselves in a large group. Come and sit with us in the music room any time and you are welcome to join in with the interactive activities!


Kai Time

Teachers sit with children to encourage healthy eating and promote conversation.


What Food To Bring

Morning children need to bring a named lunch box please. They may also bring a named drink bottle, this is not required though, as we provide a jug of water and cups.

We promote healthy eating, so healthy food would be great!

If your child is staying for lunch, please include additional food –sandwiches, pasta/rice, fruit etc.

For children who bring yoghurts, or if they have food you would like refrigerated, please name the container and pop it in the supplied fridge container on arrival.A small container of yoghurt is usually enough, as we throw a lot of half eaten yoghurts out each day.

Children may bring warm food in a food thermos.

Please make us aware of any special dietary requirements or allergies.


Some suggestions for children’s lunch boxes:

  • Sandwiches, cheese and crackers, fruit or vegetables (carrot sticks, cucumber etc), and hummus, muffins, dried fruit, wraps, sushi, boiled eggs, pasta, mini quiches, pizza, rice salad, vegetable fritters
  • Just water to drink please

Allergies – at times when we have children with very serious allergies we may request that all the children do not bring that particular food (eg nuts) in their lunchboxes. We will let you know if this happens.


Sustainability practices– With the monumental impact plastic rubbish is having on the world’s environment, we would like to minimize our plastic waste at Kindergarten, so working towards zero waste, we suggest that children have a lunch box with separate compartments, so food does not need to be wrapped. Otherwise luncheon paper is fine for wrapping sandwiches etc and is much easier than plastic clingfilm for the children to unwrap.  


As well as being more environmentally friendly, it is cheaper to buy a larger container of yoghurt or chips (though we don't recommend chips as a healthy daily choice!) and decant into a small reusable container. On behalf of our children’s future, please consider the environmental impacts of the packaging of snack foods when you pack the lunch box!



Please always ensure, when you are coming in and out of the gate, that only the child or children who are accompanying you goes out the gate! Please don’t hold the gate open without close supervision. We are very close to a busy road and we can have upset children or children with special needs who could run out into the street.


Tidy-Up Time

This part of our day is where we encourage children to help put equipment away, wipe tables and generally tidy up. This helps build children’s sense of responsibility and kaitiakitanaga as they care for their Kindergarten environment. We always very much appreciate parents who come a bit early to help at the end of a busy day!


Parent Involvement

We hope you too will benefit from the kindergarten experience! There are lots of ways to be involved: you may be interested in joining the Parent Group; it’s a great way to meet other parents and to make a difference to your Kindergarten by helping with fundraisers etc. Help is needed on outings; and we are always keen for parents to share any skills/interests with the children, eg cooking, music, sports etc.


Parents, and grandparents also, are very welcome to pop in and spend an hour or two with us any time! We also have a calendar list on the board by the music room where you can write your name if you are planning to come and parent help. This makes a positive difference in our programme, and enables you to observe what your child is engaged in at Kindergarten. The teachers also enjoy getting to know you better at these times! So please do put some time aside to join us! You are welcome to help  either in the morning or the afternoon. 


Assessment and Planning

Children’s learning is documented through the format of “Learning Stories.” Each child has a clearfile “portfolio”, or as we call them a Kindy book. The children love reading their books and love to share them with visitors, but please if you don’t have the approval of the child, please only read your own child’s book. You are welcome to take home your child’s book any time- just let a teacher know. You can also access your child’s learning stories online through “Educa.” A teacher will ask if you would like join this facility when your child first starts.


Please take a minute to look through our “Weekly Happenings” book this reflects some of the happenings and the learning that has taken place over the last weeks.


Teachers plan for supporting the learning for each individual child and for the group. We welcome feedback and suggestions from parents. Feedback is very helpful as we plan to support children’s learning, so please do comment on the learning stories and do let us know what is happening at home eg developing interests, their comments on what they have been doing at Kindergarten etc.



We collect paper and card, wrapping paper, corks, fur, wool, ribbon, buttons and bows, greeting cards, foil/wrap tubes, fabric, etc. We accept anything apart from toilet rolls, medicine containers and polystyrene packaging.

Natural materials are always in demand e.g. shells, driftwood, feathers, etc so please keep us in mind on your trips to the beach and on walks. We always appreciate a bucket of golden sand if you are holidaying up around the Nelson region!



We have don’t washing machines at Kindergarten, so we rely on parents volunteering to take home the weekly washing – cloths, towels etc.

At the end of terms we have a list of cleaning jobs we need help with and including in this list we  ask for volunteers to wash dress-ups, cushions, family corner bedding etc..


Our Pets

We have two budgies that would like company on weekends (especially long weekends) and term breaks. If you are interested in looking after them at these times, please let the teachers know.



Lost Property

A lost property kete is located under the table where children sign in their names at the beginning of the day. Hats may be in the two hat boxes/baskets located near the two entry doors. Shoes may be in the show crate outside.



Please let us know as soon as you have a leaving date for your child. Children leaving for other reasons than going to school need to give us two weeks notice please – there’s a form to fill out! We celebrate your child’s farewell at a mat time with a special card and for the children leaving for school, a play-dough cake, which s/he helps to make.

Some children (this is in no way compulsory!) give the Kindergarten a present, such as a book or a new resource, and the child unwraps it and presents it to the group. We have a list gift suggestions if this is helpful.

All whanau are welcome to come and be part of this special leaving mat-time.





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