25 Dryden St,
Phone: (03) 326 6718
Fax: (03) 326 6712
Email us firstname.lastname@example.org
Bachelor of Arts
NZ Free Kindergarten Union Diploma
Helen Lenihan Owens
Bachelor of Teaching and Learning
Bachelor of Teaching and Learning (ECE)
Master of Education
Our ESM is Keryn Barlow
Our Hours Are...
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
Welcome to Kidsfirst Kindergartens Sumner
We are a community of learners who value relationships with each other, our whānau/families, our local schools and the vibrant Sumner community.
Our physical environment is a special place that we cherish and enjoy being part of.
The teaching team and parent group warmly welcomes you and your whānau/family into our Kidsfirst Kindergartens Sumner community.
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.
For more information, click the boxes below for further details on our day, our programme and routines.
Within the play-based programme we offer, our kindergarten days follow a regular routine with ‘key focus’ times planned for in our learning programme.
Detailed below are examples of the key focus times.
For more information about the daily routine, kindergarten policies and parent helping, please see our noticeboard or speak to a teacher.
8.45– 9.00 Transition and Settling.
The learning intention is to support children’s developing independence. The way we promote this is by encouraging all children to put their lunch box in the chilly bin, drink bottle in the bottle crate and hang their bag up.
During this intentional time in the programme we value individual conversations that build a sense of kotahitanga (unity) and community as parents, teachers and other adults engage, share and seek support. This provides opportunities for siblings to be part of the programme and there is a buzz of social interaction.
9.15. Wa whānau
This is our ‘kindergarten family’ time facilitated by one of the teachers. This is a time for group conversations – connecting and reconnecting.
Our gathering takes place in the Ngahere/forest room/green room. The learning intention is to support children to establish a focus for the day, recall/revisit previous learning (which helps build knowledge and memory), share exciting news –Korero, ideas, plans and individual perspectives. We encourage children to ask questions, share their ideas and listen and learn in a group context. Literacy, numeracy and music also feature at this time.
Inbuilt in this programme is provision for responding to individual children and reading the learning cues of the group. Often younger children prefer to be in the play area supported by a teacher.
9.45 Ako/individual and collaborative learning through play.
The learning intentions are to notice, recognise and respond to the children’s learning. We do this through a pedagogy of care and listening. We are intentional and thoughtful in our role as teachers including our language responses, the equipment we provide, how we set the environment. We make important links for children to support their developing working theories, facilitate children to share, invite others into their play and collaborate.
Co-constructing knowledge, creativity, personalised learning and collaboration are all essential elements of what children require from their education in this ever-changing world. (These aspects of our curriculum are currently referred to as Modern Learning Practices).
10.15 Kai social group learning– All teachers and children.
We value coming together, taking time out to refresh with morning tea and social conversations. At this time we regroup, greet each other in Te Reo and sing our welcome song Tena Koe. We introduce new children, parent helpers and visitors.
Where possible we eat outdoors. This time altogether as a group allows for safe, supervised eating and group discussions that pick up from and build on children’s thinking and play.
Sometimes we sit inside in the ’green room’ or at tables to share our kai (our very own Kidsfirst café!)
10.45 Ako/Collaborative learning through play.
As above the facilitated learning programme continues in both the inside and outside environments.
12.00 Tidy up time
This time prepares children for the next part of their day. This includes encouraging children to take responsibility and participate in a mini tidy up prior to lunch.
12.15 Kai social group learning.
12.30 Transitions including ka kite/ farewell.
We are careful to provide a calm and unhurried end to the session and to support the transitions for children staying on and those leaving the session. Another group time supports children to prepare for this.
12.45 Morning session ends – ka kite
Children going home are farewelled and supported in the playroom by a teacher until going home. Feedback is shared with parents/guardians.
This is a special time where children are encouraged to have a rest– to listen to music, a story or share korero.
1.00 Ako/Collaborative learning through play.
As above the facilitated learning programme continues in both the inside and outside environments. Teachers are mindful that children can be tired so certain activities in the environment are planned accordingly.
2.00 Tidy up time
Children are reminded that the kindergarten day is coming to an end. Children are encouraged to help each other tidy up, follow simple instructions and use their initiative.
2.15 Kai social group learning.
An important time to refresh and reflect on the happenings of the day!
2.30 Wa whānau
Time to meet to revisit learning, plan for the next day and say good bye to each other.
The kindergarten day finishes. Children are farewelled from the Ngahere/green room. Children are supported by a teacher as they connect with their families/whānau. This time also allows for a teacher to discuss aspects of a child’s day with whānau.
EMERGENCY / EVACUATION PROCEDURES
Parents/whanau will need to familiarise themselves with our Emergency and Evacuation Procedures. These will be shown to all new parents/whanau at enrolment time and are on display in our foyer.
Please advise by phone or email if your child will be absent.
We extend a warm invitation to you to participate in a session as a parent helper. Please see us to discuss this further.
ENROLMENT AND TRANSITION TO SCHOOLS
Our local schools appreciate you enrolling your child at school at the time of starting kindergarten.
At kindergarten we offer a comprehensive transition to school programme complemented with weekly visits to the Sumner School Library, weekly PMP (Perceptual Motor Programme) sessions at Sumner School, as well as planned and spontaneous reciprocal visits with our local schools.
Please see the teachers if you wish to bring recyclables for our visual arts area.
We do not have washing facilities at kindergarten, rather we are assisted by parents who collect the weekly washing in a basket as appropriate. Please assist whenever you can.
A lost property box is located in the entrance way.
We celebrate your child’s 5th birthday at the farewell mat time with a special card and a dough cake, which s/he helps to make at kindergarten. Parents are welcome to provide a small gift for the kindergarten. The teachers will give specific information regarding this closer to the day.
WHAT FOOD TO BRING
Children are required to bring a named lunch box with healthy snacks for their morning tea and afternoon tea as well as lunch. Please provide water in a named water bottle. Please make us aware of any special dietary requirements and allergies. We strongly encourage healthy food options. Speak to the teachers if you are unsure.
NUT FREE ZONE
Our kindergartens are nut free zones, so please check that all items do not contain any traces of peanuts/nuts.
Kidsfirst Kindergartens is very well placed to promote positive learning outcomes for children. This is the highest ERO recommendation possible.
Kidsfirst Sumner is a place where:
If you'd like to know anything more about our kindergarten or have any questions, just get in touch and we'll be happy to help.