Consistent community backing.
Bromley Kindergarten opened on the 24th of October 1978 but it was originally known as Keighleys Road Free Kindergarten. It wasn't until 1 January 1998 that it became the first kindergarten to change it's name in response to local committee wishes, and became known as Bromley Free Kindergarten.
By 1979 Bromley was one of 45 kindergartens operating across the Canterbury and Westland region and 1979 was also International Year of the Child.
Bromley has always been surrounded by an active and generous community. In 2005 local residents and businesses including the Woolston/Linwood Rotary Club, Rainbow Children's Health Trust, Community Trust, and architects Gerald Austin and Zane Lowe came together to celebrate the opening of a new playground at the kindergarten.
These local people had generously donated their time and money to the project and their contributions are indicative of other community support the kindergarten has received over the years.
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.