Kidsfirst Kindergartens - Offering the best to your children





Proudly not-for-profit, Kidsfirst Kindergartens offer quality West Coast, Central Otago, Canterbury and Christchurch preschool education to thousands of children through close to 70 kindergartens.









Our name says it all. We put children first. 
That's because the early years are so very important.


Kei te ingoa tonu ngā kōrero katoa. Ko te tamaiti te mea nui ki a mātou. Te take i pērā ai, he mōhio ki te hira o ngā tau tuatahi.


Formerly known as the Canterbury Westland Kindergarten Association - Mo Nga Tamariki Me Nga Whanau o Waitaha Me Tai Poutini - we are one of New Zealand's largest and longest serving early childhood education providers.


We have undergone some big changes in recent years to give Kidsfirst the strong base necessary to remain a pre-eminent provider of quality early childhood education.


Our staff of more than 400 includes 100% qualified and registered early childhood teachers. It's one of the things that makes us special.


Kidsfirst has always been an innovator and we are keen to look forward, while still recognising where we have been and the special attributes that need to be protected for generations to come.


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Everything Kidsfirst does is guided by its vision proposition: Teachers, Whānau, neighbourhoods - children at the heart of amazing learning.



About Kidsfirst 




Our Board, Chief Executive & Senior Leadership Team




Kidsfirst Kindergartens have a set of organisational values that provide touchstones for everything we do. It's about how we do things as much as what we do - these are values to work by, that fashion our behaviours as individuals and as an organisation. 


Kidsfirst Whanau - Childcare passion



Our History








There are so many reasons why Kidsfirst Kindergartens are just



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Our great big backyards


To see for yourself, check out your nearest Kidsfirst service at,

or arrange a kindy tour.














Kidsfirst 2017 Annual Report

Download the Kidsfirst 2017 Annual Report

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Discover why Kidsfirst kindergartens are better





Our great big backyards


Growing lifelong learners


The fantastic teaching teams


Weaving culture into every day


Kindergarten is special



Every child is an individual to us


Nau mai, Tauti mai, Haere mai


Fax: 03 338 1086  


Phone: 03 338 1303 or 0800 4 KIDSFIRST  (0800 454 373)

Postal Details: Kidsfirst Kindergartens, PO Box 8089, Christchurch 8440



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