Glacier Country
Enrolment or waitlist enquiries
2920 Franz Josef Highway,
Franz Josef
Kindy webpagewww.kidsfirst.co.nz/glaciercountry
Kia Ora

Our Teachers

Stephne Beyleveld
Head Teacher
Bachelor of Education
Krista Taylor
Head Teacher
Bachelor of Education Teaching (Early Years)
Kirsten Hollings
Bachelor of Teaching and Learning (ECE)
Marjolijn Vermaat
Bachelor of Teaching and Learning (ECE)
Caitlin Goodall
Bachelor of Teaching and Learning (ECE)

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 Keryn Barlow


Our Hours Are...

Session Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri
Full-day 9:00-15:00 9:00-15:00 9:00-15:00 9:00-15:00 9:00-15:00

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 days have only a few key routines allowing for maximum time for uninterrupted learning experiences through play. For more information about the daily routine and kindergarten policies, please see our notice board at our kindergarten or contact one of our teachers. Our key routines are as follows:


Mat/Group Time

Mat times are an important part of the kindergarten session where we share stories, games and sing songs that generally relate to daily interests. 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 if you would like.


Kai Time

We have a rolling kai time with a 'last chance' to eat at around 11.20. Whenever possible teachers sit with children to encourage eating and conversation, and will support children as they open containers, eat and put away lunch boxes.


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.


Hui Iti/Mini Meetings

Are between 10.00 and 11.00am most days. This is a time for the children to get together and share any news/happenings/ interests with each other. It is not compulsory, so only children who are interested or have something to share attend. Children write their name and some say their mihimihi. Teachers write up the children’s news as it is told so that parents and whānau can read it when they arrive for pick up.



We collect collage materials such as magazines, film canisters, fabric and milk bottle tops. 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.



Our kindergarten encourages children to learn about sustainable practices within their environment. This includes separating their waste into our recycling station. Food scraps are then fed to our chickens and put into our compost bin - this is then put on to the vegetable garden when ready.



Street parking is available - please ensure that the surrounding driveways are kept free. You are able to use the aquatic centre car park. 


We do not have washing facilities at kindergarten so parents help us out by taking this home to wash.


Our Pets

We currently have a pet rabbit named Buzz, two budgies, two gold fish, and two chickens, Cheetah Juanita and Cookie. Some pets get taken home by families in term breaks - see a teacher if you would like a turn.


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 to the right of the main entrance in the parent area above the children's library books. 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 under the verandah.



We celebrate your child’s 5th birthday at a farewell mat time with a hat, a certificate and a dough cake, which s/he helps to make at kindergarten. Parents are welcome to provide a small treat for the children, however, this is not necessary.


What Food To Bring

We ask that children bring a named lunch box with nutritious snacks for their morning tea and lunch. Drinks are not required as they are provided. Please make us aware of any special dietary requirements and allergies. 


We suggest that a nutritious snack may include the following:

  • A 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 
  • Natural popcorn

However, the following are discouraged because of high fat and or sugar content:

  • Fizzy drinks
  • Chocolate/sweets
  • Fruit strings/roll ups
  • Chips
  • Fruit drops/lollies


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