Mathers Rd
Enrolment or waitlist enquiries
109-111 Mathers Rd,
Hoon Hay,
Christchurch
Kindy webpagewww.kidsfirst.co.nz/Mathers
Welcome
Kia Ora

Our Teachers

Helen Carrick
Head Teacher
Higher Diploma of Teaching
NZ Free Kindergarten Union Diploma
Fiona Antonovich
Teacher
Bachelor of Teaching and Learning
Jo Lynch
Teacher
Bachelor of Teaching and Learning (ECE)


Our Education Service Manager, or ESM, is an important member of our teaching team.  Based at Kidsfirst Head Office, she is on site regularly to observe our programme, give us feedback and professional support, and encourage us toward continuous educational improvement. Please feel free to talk with her about your child’s kindergarten/centre experience..

 

Our ESM is Nicki Chapman

 

Our Hours Are...

Session Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri
Full-day 8:45-14:45 8:45-14:45 8:45-14:45 8:45-14:45 8:45-14:45
Morning 8:45-12:45 8:45-12:45 8:45-12:45 8:45-12:45 8:45-12:45

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.
These terms echo the terms your child will have when they start school.

 

 

 

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.

 

KIA ORA • TALOFA LAVA • MALO E LELEI • 

FAKALOFA LAHI ATU • NAMASTE • KIA ORANA NISA BULA • TALOHA NI NHAO •

 

NAU MAI, TAUTI MAI, HAERE MAI • WELCOME!

 

You’ll find our kindergarten in a huge, park-like setting, surrounded by tall trees and established gardens. We’ve been teaching and learning alongside children aged 2 – 5 years in Hoon Hay for more than 40 years!

 

The qualified and experienced teaching team at Kidsfirst Kindergartens Mather Rd implement a programme with a special focus on social competence.  Tamariki here learn to get along with each other, are able to initiate and maintain relationships with their peers and respond to different challenges that may occur. Play is essential to learning and development in our tamariki, and 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.

 

Indoors, our kindergarten is open, light and bright. Children aged 2 – 5 years can access a range of resources that are carefully and intentionally presented to evoke thinking and exploration.  Learning occurs in all spaces at the child’s pace.   This is an environment supportive of the mana, wairua and mauri our tamariki bring when they come to us. Tamariki are encouraged to be mindful and in awe of the world around them, and respectful of the environment they play and learn in.

 

Our outside area has lots of room for children to be challenged, to explore and to develop their physical skills, with a variety of moveable equipment that allows children to set their own challenges. A large, grassed area is surrounded by big trees which provide shelter outside in all weather, and we have peaceful, quiet areas for calm and reflection.

 

Relationships with parents, family and whānau at Mathers Rd are based on trust, respect, and open communication.  Kanohi ki te kanohi (face to face conversations) are valued immensely. 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. Whānau are encouraged to be involved at our kindergarten in whatever way suits – through a helpful hand now and then, or by just joining us for a part of our day.

 

We have strong links with our local primary schools, which supports the transition to school for you and your child, as he/she moves on from Kindergarten.

 

Kidsfirst  Kindergartens Mathers Rd 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 us, the teachers time to get to know your child and provides 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 Mathers Rd is a wonderful place to learn!

 

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