Parklands
Enrolment or waitlist enquiries
20 Chadbury St,
Parklands,
Christchurch
Kindy webpagewww.kidsfirst.co.nz/Parklands
Welcome
Kia Ora

Our Teachers

Cindy Snelson
Head Teacher
Diploma of Teaching (ECE)
Lisa Kircher
Teacher
Bachelor of Teaching and Learning
Emily Stock
Teacher
Diploma 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 Keryn Barlow

 

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 8:30-11:30 8:30-11:30 8:30-11:30 8:30-11:30 8:30-11:30

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 Sessions

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 quiet cul-de-sac right next door to Parkview Primary School. Ngā kaiako (teachers) here at Kidsfirst Kindergartens Parklands are responsive to the interests, strengths and capabilities of all children aged 2 – 5 years. We get to know our children and their whānau well, fostering respectful relationships to help and support our tamariki succeed with their learning.

 

Children at our kindergarten learn in an environment and philosophy that values and supports uninterrupted and sustainable play. Teachers use rich language to provoke and inspire children to develop their problem solving skills, and engage within their learning environment. Children are seen as risk takers and strategic thinkers, confident and capable.  A strong sense of Manaakitanga (caring and respect) and Whanaungatanga (family, relationships, history, traditions) are central to the culture that is Kidsfirst Kindergartens Parklands.

 

Indoors, Kidsfirst Kindergartens Parklands 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.

 

Our outdoor environment, surrounded by well-established trees, is a natural space that 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. We foster sustainable practices both within the kindergarten and in the community to create a passion for care and respect of the natural world, promoting kaitiakitanga (guardianship) of our world.   Children have the opportunity to learn about and care for the natural environment and the living world through exploration, curiosity and hand-on experiences within the garden and on our regular excursions to Bottle Lake Forest. 

 

Our unique setting gives us access to explore Bottle Lake Forest, where we focus on supporting children to challenge themselves, work with others and develop leadership skills while also placing an emphasis on risk taking, self- management and confidence. We have a close partnership with Parkview School with regular visits both at the school and from new entrant teachers to the kindergarten, supporting the transition to school for you and your child.  We join in with the Parkview Kapahaka group, and we visit the library there often.

 

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 at Kidsfirst Parklands - 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 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.

 

Kidsfirst  Kindergartens Parklands 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 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 Parklands is a wonderful place to learn!

 

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