Hearing the voices of men.
Above: Rutland Street Kindergarten in 1986.
It's hard to believe today, but 40 years ago there were no male teachers in any of our kindergartens.
It wasn't until 1975 that male teachers were introduced into the kindergarten teaching profession. Mrs W.I Haggit, Principal of the Kindergarten Teachers College at the time said in the 1974 Annual Report...
"In 1975 Hadfield House will ring with the voices of men as well as women..."
"For Kindergarten it is truly the end of an era and the opening of a promising new one."
It was a timely change that has brought great benefits to our kindergartens and the children. Tahu Loper, a current teacher at Kidsfirst Rutland St says a little bit of Maori culture and a bit of 'blokey' culture is what he brings to the kindergarten.
Male teachers in early childhood education are no longer an exception and Kidsfirst has been pro-active in the area from the seventies onwards.
Above: Rutland kindergarten dresses up for a day in 1987.
Above: Re-enacting the royal wedding - Charles and Diana that is!
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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.