Enrolment or waitlist enquiries
25 Gilling Place,
Phone: (03) 445 0530
Email us email@example.com
Relieving Head Teacher
Bachelor of Teaching (ECE)
Diploma of Teaching (ECE)
NZ Free Kindergarten Union Diploma
Graduate Diploma of Teaching (ECE)
Bachelor of Education Teaching (Early Years)
Our ESM is Rebecca Chatwin
Our Hours Are...
We are able to talk to parents and caregivers most of the time, so please make an appointment if you'd like to do this. EMAIL US HERE
Our Session Times
Your child can come to our kindergarten for up to 6 hours a day, Monday to Friday, during our 4 kindergarten terms.
You can read more here about what's been happening in our archive of stories about Kidsfirst Kindergartens, the fun we have, the processes and learning outcomes that result and why we're such a great start for your child.
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You’ll find our kindergarten bordering the beautiful Cromwell greenways, right by Goldfields School – we’re the only kindergarten in Cromwell. Behind our gate you will hear and see engaged children aged 2 – 5 years enjoying our large and leafy outdoor space. Tamariki here have freedom to explore, connect with other children and learn through play. Visitors often comment on the calm, relaxed yet busy environment they see as they come into the kindergarten. All around you will see children busy at work alongside each other, making choices for play that engage them with the people, the places and the things of our environment and community.
The qualified and experienced teaching team at Kidsfirst Kindergartens Cromwell ignite an excitement for learning in children by recognising and responding to a child’s individual interests. Play is essential to learning and development in our tamariki, and our programme is based on exploration, inquiry, creativity and nature-based education. We believe in uninterrupted time and space to grow and learn – our children and whānau are heard, and time to learn is unhurried. We see knowledge as a process, a discovery and building of understanding.
Here at Kidsfirst Cromwell our large, light-filled indoor space provides lots of opportunities to try new things, inspire curiosity and develop creativity through play. We work to provide an atmosphere full of fun in an environment that gives our children independence and sense of belonging. Our outside environment has lots of opportunities for children to be involved in gardening and nature exploration. We place a strong emphasis on sustainability, caring for our natural environment plays a large part in our daily programme – supporting the children to develop eco-awareness and to understand their role in it as Kaitiaki (guardians). In our newly-renovated playground there’s space for running, jumping, climbing, swinging and exploring as well as peaceful places to connect with nature, and make sense of our natural world.
Building trusting, caring and respectful relationships with whānau/families over time is key to our success in supporting and facilitating children’s learning. Parents and whānau contribute in many ways, including discussions about their aspirations for children, spending time with us in session, sharing their knowledge and strengths with kaiako/teachers and children. The language, culture and identity of our families is highly respected and valued - whānau/ families are viewed as significant partners, and are included in our early learning journey.
We have an ‘open door’ approach - whānau are welcome to stay at any time at Kidsfirst Cromwell. The notion of community and connectedness is important here, it’s at the heart of what we do. We value the relationships we build with our whānau/families, and look forward to making new connections, embracing the multiculturalism and diversity of our community. Our families, past and present, are an important part of our kindergarten life. We value this greatly and we encourage family/ whānau to visit and take part in their child’s kindergarten day, sharing your skills and culture too. We also understand the pressures on working parents – there is no pressure for you to stay. You can be involved whenever it suits you.
We have strong links with our local primary school, which supports the transition to school for you and your child, as he/she moves on from Kindergarten.
Our kindergarten operates for six hours each day, from 8.45am – 2.45pm. This works really well if you have older children going to school as you can do the drop offs and pick-ups at the same time.
We would recommend that you enrol for at least two full days – building up to five days. This gives our teachers time to get to know your child and gives consistency around supporting their learning.
Come in any time, we are very proud of our unique learning environment and would love to show you around. Kidsfirst Kindergartens Cromwell is a wonderful place to learn!
There's always a lot happening in our area. Kidsfirst Kindergartens are so much a part of our local communities. Here's an idea of some of the things that our other kindergartens in the region are doing.