A changing time for kindys.
Above: Cutting the anniversary cake, celebrating 25 years of Wales St Kindergarten.
Wales St Kindergarten opened on the 28th of May 1974.
Much was changing for kindergarten in the 1970s. There would be a new emphasis in early childhood with the recognition of children has having rights, evident by the 1979 UNESCO Year of the Child.
There was also a move towards more parental involvement and "freeplay" as opposed to the structured curriculum routines of the past.
In some ways this was a golden era for kindergarten as it spread into the suburbs and truly found a niche within local neighbourhoods. Embedding itself as a central point of support and congregation for its community.
Kindergarten was often the focus of the community in the days before there were local shopping malls or large sports centres. Life was much more community focused and kindergarten was at the heart of that.
It's a testament to Kidsfirst that kindergarten has remained just as relevant today and such a key part of the communities we serve.
Our website uses material from the Canterbury Westland Kindergarten Association's own archives, Kindergarten Chronicles and other CWFKA publications, and those sourced from the kindys themselves. Unless otherwise noted, we believe all photographs are those of the kindergarten association and sincerely apologise if we have used any images inadvertently, without appropriate credits or permissions. If so, please advise us so we can rectify the situation.
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.