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"Qualified teachers are a draw card for parents," says ex-teacher and former parent...
Before her first son was born, Anne McClimont was a qualified kindergarten teacher. She says the fact that Kidsfirst is 100% committed to having fully qualified teachers was a real draw card for her.
"I think it's the only way to go. I get frustrated when I hear talk about letting untrained teachers in, it's just asking for trouble."
She is a strong advocate for kindergarten and the importance of properly trained and qualified teachers.
Anne says she found kindergarten really receptive to her ideas in her roles as both a parent and a teacher.
"It was great to be able to be involved as a parent but then also understanding things from the teachers' point of view."
This commitment of Kidsfirst to 100% qualified and registered teachers spans every single person in our educational workforce, which numbers over 300. It's one of the things that makes us special.
Here are some pictures from our Vintage Car Day at Kidsfirst Cotswold Ave.
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.
Anne McClimont, a previous parent at Kidsfirst Cotswold Ave, speaks about her respect for Kidsfirst's 100% qualified teachers policy.