Serving communities for over 100 years.
Cashmere Kindergarten opened on the 6th of February 1956 and while the fashions and buildings may have looked different from today, some of our most dedicated teachers will tell you that the children are still the same creative, inquisitive little people from decades gone by.
As we celebrated our centenary, Head Teacher Sandra Laffey was our longest serving teacher, with more than 35 years of service to the Kidsfirst organisation.
Sandy says that while much has changed, she feels that the children are fundamentally the same and despite the advances in technology, there's nothing to compete with digging in the sandpit with their friends and the social aspect of kindergarten.
“I don’t think children have changed a lot, in so far as they’re still just children. Even though technology is something we have to embrace, they still want to play in the sandpit and water, with play dough and painting... the children are no different. It’s society, it’s parents, children have more choices because parents give them more choices. They’re more articulate... but I don’t think children have changed at all.”
It's teachers like Sandy and kindergartens like Cashmere, that have been the foundation of this organisation for more than 100 years. And as technology keeps developing and the environments keep changing, it's their approach to learning and development that keep Kidsfirst providing the best early childhood education in Canterbury and the West Coast.
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.