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77 Hall Street,
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 pre-arranged learning experiences or ones the children self select. 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

We start the day with Koru time at 9.10am where we set the scene for the day beginning with our hello song and our karakia. There is time for the children to share their learning or bring in news from home. This helps children to develop their concentration skills and learn to express themselves in a large group. 


Kai Time

We have a rolling kai system for morning tea and lunch. As we have the Heart Foundation Pa Harakeke, the highest Healthy Heart award, children are encouraged to eat healthy choices. We are a wrap free centre which means we are kind to our environment and we encourage alternative wraps and re-usable containers. Please name containers, lunchboxes and drink bottles.


Tidy-Up Time

At the end of the day we encourage children to help put equipment away, wipe tables and generally tidy up. We appreciate any assistance from parents to model how children can be responsible for their learning environment.


Enviroschools Programme

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.Part of this programme is working together for an enhanced environmental change.



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 don't have laundry facilities at kindergarten, rather we are assisted by parents who collect the weekly washing. Please assist us by taking a turn to take a washing bag.


Parent Library

We have a collection of books and pamphlets on parenting issues as well as children’s growth and development. We also have some healthy recipe books you may borrow. These are located in the shelf near the couch area. Please fill out the card when borrowing and hand to a teacher.


Lost Property

A lost property basket is located in the porch or just inside the front entrance. Please check it regularly. It helps us to return items if they are clearly named.



We celebrate your child’s 5th birthday at a farewell mat time with a special card and play dough cake. Children cat create their own hat at kindergarten. The child wears our special korowai. Family and friends are invited to attend. Gifts are not expected, however, if you wish we welcome a koha that the kindergarten can use such as paper, pens, crayons, chalk, vouchers and natural materials.

 Our Pets

We currently have two guinea pigs Coco and Spot. We require families to take them home during term breaks.


What Food To Bring

We have gained the Pa Harakeke 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 discouraged:

  • Chocolate biscuits
  • Potato chips
  • Chocolate, lollies, fizzy drink
  • Fruit strings and fruit leathers


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