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13 Cornwall St,
St Albans,
Fax: (03) 366 7699
Kindy webpagewww.kidsfirst.co.nz/Sunbeam
Kia Ora

Our Teachers

Neroli Gardner
Head Teacher
NZ Free Kindergarten Union Diploma
Deana Wood
Bachelor of Teaching and Learning
Emma Haig
Bachelor of Education
Diploma of Teaching
Jade Fuller
Diploma of Teaching (ECE)
Bridget McDonald
Bachelor of Education
Rachael Waugh
Bachelor of Teaching and Learning (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 Jeanne Williams



Sunbeam is the original Kidsfirst Kindergarten, and with more than 100 years in this kindergarten community is still working to nurture and develop Kiwi kids from the area.

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 8:30-11:30 8:30-11:30 8:30-11:30 8:30-11:30 8:30-11:30

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.  We can usually be flexible with the sessions you would like your child to attend but some restrictions may apply, so please talk to one of our teachers.

Children do not attend from 2.30pm each afternoon as this is the time we set aside for staff meetings, programme planning, administration and various other duties.



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. For more detailed information about the daily routine and kindergarten policies, please see our notice board.


Mat/Group Time

Mat times are an important part of the kindergarten session where we share stories and sing songs. This helps children to develop their concentration skills and learn to express themselves in a large group. If you arrive after a mat time has started, please enter and ask your child to join the mat quietly as children are easily distracted.


Kai Time

Teachers sit with children to encourage healthy eating and conversation, and will support children as they open containers and eat.


Tidy-Up Time

This 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.



We can use almost anything, so please don’t throw it away before considering us. Clean yoghurt pottles, bottle tops, boxes, wool and sheepskin, cardboard, paper and untreated wood for carpentry. Please no toilet rolls, detergent containers, milk cartons or medicine boxes. Natural materials are always in demand e.g. shells or driftwood, so please keep this in mind on your trips to the beach.



We do not have washing facilities at kindergarten, rather we are assisted by parents who collect the weekly washing when required. If you see our washing bag at the front door please help us by taking it home to wash.



When parking outside kindergarten, please be very considerate of local businesses and residents.


Parent Library

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


Lost Property

A lost property box is located under the sign in table at the front entrance.



We celebrate your child’s 5th birthday at the farewell mat time with a special hat and dough cake, which s/he helps to make at kindergarten. Please let us know if this is not appropriate (e.g. for religious reasons). Parents are welcome to provide a gift for kindergarten. Please no cakes or sweets.


What Food To Bring

Children are required to bring a named lunch box and drink bottle with healthy snacks for their morning tea and lunch. Please make us aware of any special dietary requirements and allergies.


Nut Allergies

We promote education rather than banning, but due to sticky residue we do not allow peanut butter or peanuts at



We suggest that a healthy snack may include the following:

  • A sandwich and a piece of fruit
  • Crackers/fruit
  • Cheese slice and a piece of fruit
  • A small muffin and a piece of fruit
  • Dried fruit and cheese

However, the following are not allowed:

  • Chocolate/sweets
  • Peanuts/peanut butter
  • Fizzy drinks


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