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Wigram
56 Springs Road,
Hornby,
Christchurch
Phone: (03) 349 7982
Fax: (03) 349 7132
Kindy webpagewww.kidsfirst.co.nz/Wigram
Welcome
Kia Ora

Our Teachers

Felicity Jenkins
Head Teacher
Bachelor of Teaching and Learning
Cindy Dean
Teacher
Bachelor of Teaching (ECE)
Diploma of Teaching (ECE)
Sue Coleman
Teacher
Graduate Diploma of Teaching and Learning (ECE)
Amanda Deihl
Teacher
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 Lyndell Turner

 

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.

 

 

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 refer to the policies folder on the sign in table.

 

Library Day

This is each Wednesday morning, between 8.30 and 9.00, and is located on the round table as you walk in. Please remove the card from the selected book, write your child’s name along with the date, and place the card into the brown box. When the book is returned, place the card back into the book. This is a great opportunity for you and your child to share a rich literacy experience.

 

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. You are welcome to sit on the mat to support your child and join in. Children are invited to bring in articles from home relating to the programme focus and the children's interest. 

 

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.

 

Baking

Once a week we do baking with the children.

 

Recyclables

On the wall in the collage area is an extensive list of materials we collect such as magazines, film canisters, fabric and milk container lids. We accept anything except toilet rolls and medicine containers. Natural materials are always in demand e.g. shells or driftwood, so please keep this in mind on your trips to the beach.

 

Washing

We do not have washing facilities at kindergarten, rather we have a washing roster. Each week two people will be asked to take the washing bag for the week.

 

Our Pets

We currently have a pet bird named Charlie as well as some fish. If you would like to take any of them home for the holidays please talk to one of the teachers.

 

Parent Library

We have a collection of books, videos and pamphlets on parenting issues as well as children’s growth and development. The books and videos are located to the left of the kitchen door. Please record any items that you borrow on the card inside the books and videos. The pamphlets are located by the sign in table.

 

Lost Property

A lost property box is located on the shelf on the sign out table on the verandah.

 

Birthdays

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

 

Nut Free Zone

Don’t forget that our kindergartens are nut free zones, so please don't bring nut products with your child to kindergarten.

 

What Food To Bring

Children are required to bring a named morning tea and lunch box with healthy snacks. We provide water and on cooler days Milo, for the children to drink. No juice, soft drink or cordial - water only please. Please make us aware of any special dietary requirements and allergies. Unsuitable food items will be returned to your child to take home at the end of the session - if you have any questions about the suitability of an item please see a teacher.

 

We suggest that a healthy snack may include the following:

  • Sandwich and a piece of fruit
  • Biscuit/cracker/fruit
  • Cheese slice and a piece of fruit
  • A muffin and a piece of fruit
  • Dried fruit and cheese

However, the following are not allowed:

  • Chocolate biscuits/roll ups
  • Chocolate/sweets

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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