Bush St
27 Bush St,
Fax: (03) 313 5014
Enrolment or waitlist enquiries
Kindy webpagewww.kidsfirst.co.nz/Bush
Kia Ora

Our Teachers

Julie Brown
Head Teacher
Bachelor of Teaching and Learning (ECE)
Liz Miller
Graduate Diploma of Teaching and Learning (ECE)
Candice Bowron
Bachelor of Education
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 8:30-12:30 8:30-12:30 8:30-12:30 8:30-12:30 8:30-12:30

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 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.


Kai Time

Kai time occurs after morning mat time and children choose which food to 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 collect small grocery boxes, magazines, fabric and milk bottle tops, etc. 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.



We ask you to be considerate when parking, and refrain from parking over our and our neighbour’s driveways.


Parent Library

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


Lost Property

A lost property box is located at the entrance of the kindergarten.



We celebrate your child’s 5th birthday at mat time with a special card, birthday hat, birthday information sheet and a dough cake, which s/he helps to make at kindergarten. Parents are welcome to provide a small gift for the kindergarten, if they wish.


What Food To Bring

All children are asked to bring a piece of fruit each day for morning and afternoon tea. This is washed, sliced and shared. Water is provided daily. Children that are attending all day are required to bring a named lunch box and water bottle. We prefer healthy food. Please make us aware of any special dietary requirements and allergies.




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