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Hei Hei
Enrolment or waitlist enquiries
10 Wycola Ave,
Hei Hei,
Christchurch
Mobile: 027 550 8406
Kindy webpagewww.kidsfirst.co.nz/HeiHei
Welcome
Kia Ora

Our Teachers

Greta Vincent
Head Teacher
NZ Free Kindergarten Union Diploma
Niki Maritz
Teacher
Graduate Diploma of Teaching (ECE)
Jane Taleni
Teacher
Bachelor of Teaching and Learning (ECE)
Ngam Brown
Teacher
Bachelor of Teaching and Learning
Diploma of Teaching (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 8:30-14:30 8:30-14:30 8:30-14:30 8:30-14:30 8:30-14:30
Morning 8:30-12:30 8:30-12:30 8:30-12:30 8:30-12:30 8:30-12:30

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 right next to the wide open spaces of Wycola Park – across the road from the Hei Hei Community Centre.  We’re proud to be part of the Hei Hei community. As you walk into our kindergarten, you’ll see our waharoa (gateway), proudly telling our story.

 

Indoors, Kidsfirst Kindergartens Hei Hei has a homelike feel. 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.  You can feel the calm and friendly wairua (spirit) in our environment as you come in the door. Our kindergarten is light and warm, with children's work adorning the walls.

 

Outside, our playground provides a lush, green and natural landscape with physical challenges and activities that capture the imagination, providing endless opportunities for your child’s curiosity and exploration.  Our teachers and tamariki have built and grown our vegetable garden, and enjoy cooking and tasting the food we harvest. We place a strong emphasis on sustainability, caring for our three kindergarten, and 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.

 

We have an ‘open door’ approach - whānau are welcome to stay at any time. 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 recognise and support parents and whānau as first teachers in the home and 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.

 

You will see us out and about visiting in our local area, supporting our tamariki to strengthen the connection they have within their local community and to further explore our setting in their role as caretakers (kaitiaki) of our environment. Strong links with our local primary schools help to support 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 8.30am – 2.30pm. 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 some consistency around supporting their learning.  It’s hard for our teachers to do this with just a few hours here and there.

 

Come in any time – we’ll show you around and make you welcome!

 

 

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