77 Hall Street,
Phone: (03) 755 6785
Fax: (03) 755 6785
Kindy webpagewww.kidsfirst.co.nz/Hokitika
Kia Ora

Our Teachers

Ceridwyn Dimmick
Head Teacher
NZ Free Kindergarten Union Diploma
Annette Copping
Bachelor of Teaching and Learning

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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 Keryn Barlow


Our Hours Are...

Session Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri
Full-day 8:45-14:45 8:45-14:45 8:45-14:45 8:45-14:45 8:45-14:45
Morning 8:45-11:45 8:45-11:45 8:45-11:45 8:45-11:45 8:45-11:45

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. You are welcome to sit on the mat to support your child and join in if you would like.


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.



Our kindergarten encourages children to learn about sustainable practices within their environment. This includes: composting our food, paper and green waste into our compost bin or bokashi bucket; recycling paper, cardboard and plastics into our recycling bin; conserving water and gardening.



Boxes, clean containers and other material suitable for collage are welcome. Please no toilet rolls or 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.



Please remember not to park over the yellow lines in front of the gate. This area needs to be kept clear for emergency access.



We do not have washing facilities at kindergarten, rather we are assisted by parents who collect the weekly washing. Please assist us by adding your name to the roster and having a turn to take the washing bag.


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 in the library room. Please fill out the card when borrowing these. There are also many other items of interest, which you are welcome to use.


Lost Property

A lost property basket is usually in the porch at the front entrance. Please check it regularly.



We celebrate your child’s 5th birthday at the farewell mat time with a special card and a dough cake. Children make their own hat at kindergarten. Gifts are not expected, however, if you wish we welcome something that the kindergarten can use such as paper, pens, crayons, chalk, book vouchers, etc.


Nut Free Zone

Because we have children with severe allergies our kindergarten is a nut free zone, so please check that all items do not contain any traces of peanuts/nuts.


What Food To Bring

We have gained the Healthy Heart Award and therefore, children are required to bring a lunch box with healthy snacks. Drinks are provided, however a water bottle is a good idea. Please make us aware of any special dietary requirements or allergies. Our Food and Nutrition Policy outlines any other information about food/drink items. This policy can be found in our policy folder on the parent information rack. 


We suggest that a healthy snack may include the following:

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

However, the following are not allowed:

  • Chocolate biscuits/chips
  • Chocolate/lollies/fizzy drink
  • Fruit strings/fruit leathers

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