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Richmond
Enrolment or waitlist enquiries
41 North Avon Rd,
Richmond,
Christchurch
Mobile: 027 550 8416
Kindy webpagewww.kidsfirst.co.nz/Richmond
Welcome
Kia Ora

Our Teachers

Fiona Rodgers
Head Teacher
Bachelor of Teaching (ECE)
Diploma of Teaching (ECE)
Rosemary Booth
Teacher
NZ Free Kindergarten Union Diploma
Marilyn Grundy
Teacher
Bachelor of Teaching and Learning (ECE)
Higher Diploma of Teaching
NZ Free Kindergarten Union Diploma
Kat Gray
Teacher
Bachelor of Education
Diploma of Teaching (ECE)
Kathryn McNeill
Teacher
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 Susan Szentivanyi

 

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 the heart of the Richmond neighbourhood, where we’ve been teaching local tamariki for nearly 100 years!  Our skilled and experienced teaching team passionately supports children’s learning, their interests, skills and abilities.  We acknowledge and value every person in this place as a teacher and learner.  This supports the tikanga principle of ako: the educator is also learning from the child, that the learner and whānau cannot be separated. 

 

The environment inside has areas set up for children aged 2 – 5 years to explore and engage in play experiences with and alongside each other. Children can choose from a wide range of resources and equipment:  there are quiet, creative and imaginative play areas and learning occurs in all spaces at your child’s pace.   Our skilled and experienced teaching team is committed to supporting each child to gain the ability to work, learn, and get along with others while being in a caring, stable and happy environment. Time spent at Kidsfirst Kindergartens Richmond will help to spark and focus your child’s curiosity and natural love of learning.

 

Outside we have a classic kiwi big backyard with lots of natural shade from a 100 year old oak tree, providing challenges and endless opportunities for curiosity and exploration. Green grass, barked areas, gardens, areas to experience physical challenges such as climbing trees, and equipment specially designed to support children’s physical growth and development are features.   

 

We have an ‘open door’ approach - whanau 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.

 

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 this 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 8.45am – 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 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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