Kidsfirst Kindergartens At Our Heart Awards recognise the kindergartens, early learning centres and individuals who epitomise our core values...
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Congratulations to Kidsfirst Portsmouth Street, the Health and Safety Innovation Award winner, recognised in the 2016 At Our Heart Awards, presented at the AGM in May.
Our values are very important to us as an association and we're so proud to be able to celebrate them in this way.
We work hard to provide the best environment for children to be safe and sound - every day - as they play, learn and have fun. As an organisation, we are extremely motivated to share ideas and look out for new ways to be innovative and improve in this area. The Health and Safety Innovation Award recognises fantastic processes put in place around this.
The actions and perseverance in the pursuit of Health and Safety by the team at Kidsfirst Portsmouth Street resulted in positive change for the children and staff of their kindergarten, and a major earthquake rebuild organisation.
When an uncomfortable amount of construction noise from the street outside was interrupting kindergarten routine, teachers stepped in to find a solution. Approaching a tradesman for contact details, they had to persist several times to reach an engineer responsible. They advocated several solutions which would make the noise level more tolerable for a teaching and learning environment – among the proposed solutions, a set of earmuffs for every child – and they weren’t backing down.
Kidsfirst Manager – Human Resources, Karyn Willetts says, “The teaching team at Kidsfirst Portsmouth Street showed absolute commitment to the staff and childrens’ health and safety. They remained solution-focused despite numerous push-backs, ensuring that their concerns weren’t ignored.”
After constant follow-up, sound tests and lots of research from the teachers, a huge sound-proof barrier was built to minimise the issue. During their research, they also found that there was no existing policy for noise on construction sites in close proximity to children. Rectifying that could well be next on these teachers’ mission for health and safety improvement…watch this space…
Although we celebrate these values each year with awards and certificates, we know that people see the behaviours and commitment associated with our values every day, in so many different ways in our wonderful kindergartens. So congratulations and keep doing what you're doing so well.
The Kidsfirst At Our Heart Awards reflect the core values of Kidsfirst
and what we believe in.
... with people, places, opportunities, ideas and our heritage
... and always striving
of the difference we make in lives, every day
People are at our heart
We love what we do
KIDSFIRST KINDERGARTENS ARE A NOT FOR PROFIT ASSOCIATION THAT HAS DEVELOPED AND MAINTAINED KINDERGARTENS IN CHRISTCHURCH, CANTERBURY AND ON THE WEST COAST FOR OVER 100 YEARS - AS THE PLACE LOCAL KIDS COME TO LEARN, PLAY AND HAVE FUN.