Woolley St
63 Woolley St,
Phone: (03) 388 2109
Fax: (03) 388 8400
Kindy webpagewww.kidsfirst.co.nz/Woolley
Kia Ora

Our Teachers

Jolene Hemmingsen
Head Teacher
Bachelor of Teaching and Learning
Judy Rivers
Bachelor of Teaching and Learning
Diploma of Teaching (ECE)
Bindu Naik
Graduate 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 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 8:30-11:30 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 Programme - All Day

Our kindergarten is a place where a culture of trust, respect, and a sense of community and love of learning is nurtured in a safe, calming environment by our dedicated and motivated teaching team. Children will be empowered to be competent learners where by a strong sense of self and a culture of respect and responsibility for ALL people, places and things will be cultivated. We believe in the concept of ako, as we promote and value teaching and learning from and alongside each other (teachers, children, whānau, environment and community). We also consider our environment to be our third teacher. Exploration of both the indoor and outdoor areas will support the children to make discoveries about the wider world through their own working theories.


Family Involvement - Whānaungatanga

We appreciate and value family involvement and building genuine reciprocal relationships – please let us know if you would like to help or share your knowledge, interests or culture in any way.


Whānau Hui Time - 9:00

Whānau hui time is a non-compulsory group time where everyone is encouraged to join in and welcome each other starting with a karakia, then a waiata following Maori tikanga protocol. Children are also regularly invited to take turns at sharing their mihimihi before we share any news and discuss our ways of being. We then finish with a self-regulation group action song or activity to encourage a calm start to our day together. This is an important opportunity for us to unite as a community of learners.


Kai Time

We have a rolling kai system where the children can choose to eat when they wish in the designated areas. A staff member regularly monitors the lunch boxes to ensure that each child eats enough throughout the day. This supports the children’s self-regulation skills.


Useful Creative Junk/Recyclables

We appreciate ‘useful creative junk’ for the children’s art and carpentry area as it helps stimulate their creativity. If you have paper, cardboard, material, boxes, stickers etc we can find a use for them. We accept anything except toilet rolls, soap powder and medicine containers. Natural materials are always in demand e.g. shells, pinecones or driftwood etc, so please keep this in mind on your trips to the beach or forest.


Sustainability Programme

We are very committed to sustainability in all aspects of our environment. Our responsibilities are focused on composting, recycling and reducing waste that build lifelong habits for the wellbeing of papatuanuku for future generations. Growing our own vegetables is an ongoing interest as is caring for our worm farm. We encourage families to use recyclable containers to minimalise plastics whenever possible.


Tidy-Up Time - 2:00

Children are encouraged to take responsibility for putting equipment away, wiping tables and generally tidying up. We appreciate any assistance from parents/whānau at this busy time.


End of Session - 2:20

At the end of each session the children come together to share a story/activity or discuss our interests from the day before leaving. We close the sliding doors to ensure children leave with the appropriate adult, but please feel free to join us with your child.



We do not have washing facilities on the premises so when our washing basket is full we place it by the main entrance. Please feel free to take this home and return it at your convenience. We greatly appreciate your support.


Parent Library

We have a collection of books, DVDs and pamphlets on parenting issues as well as children’s growth and development. A selection are located by the sign in table and others by the main couch. Please record any items that you borrow in the notebook.


Lost Property

A lost property box is located in a container by the main gate. Please check it regularly.



We celebrate your child’s 5th birthday at a farewell mat time with a special crown and a dough cake, which s/he helps to make at kindergarten. Parents/Whānau and friends are most welcome to attend. Some families like to give a small treat for each child or a small gift for the kindergarten. This is not compulsory or expected by the teaching team.


What Food To Bring

Children are required to bring a named lunch box with healthy snacks and food. Drink bottles are not required as water is provided. Please make us aware of any special dietary requirements and allergies.


We suggest that an energising “brain food” snack may include the following:

  • Sandwich
  • Biscuit/crackers/pretzels
  • Small muffin/dried fruit
  • Vegetable sticks/fruit
  • Pita wraps/pikelets

However, the following “treat foods” are discouraged - please keep to a bare minimum:

  • Muesli bars/chocolate biscuits
  • Chocolate/sweets/chips

Nut-Free Zone

We are a totally nut-free kindergarten. 

  • NO peanuts, peanut butter or Nutella etc. 

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