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Rutland St
Enrolment or waitlist enquiries
188 Rutland St,
St Albans,
Christchurch
Kindy webpagewww.kidsfirst.co.nz/Rutland St
Welcome
Kia Ora

Our Teachers

Tracy Summerton
Head Teacher
Bachelor of Teaching and Learning (ECE)
Post Graduate Diploma of Education
Cath King
Teacher
Diploma of Teaching (ECE)
Kylee Martin
Teacher
Bachelor of Teaching and Learning
Sandra Bamford
Teacher
Bachelor of Teaching and Learning with Honours
Fran Chapman
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 Lorraine Stewart

 

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,  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 up a long driveway, with silhouettes of happy children guiding you to our gate. Ngā kaiako (teachers) here at Kidsfirst Kindergartens Rutland St 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.

 

Here, children are first and foremost valued, celebrated and affirmed for who they are and what they bring to their learning.  We 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 a strong focus on sustainability.

 

Children can access a range of resources that are carefully and intentionally presented to ignite thinking and exploration. Learning occurs in all spaces at the child’s pace, acknowledging the mana, wairua and mauri our tamariki bring when they come to us. Tamariki are encouraged to be mindful of and inspired by the world around them, and respectful of the environment they play and learn in. Kaiako ensure that the programme is flexible and unstructured so that it enables children to lead and work in partnership with others. Children’s work is displayed with pride so they can revisit and celebrate their own learning.

 

Our outdoor environment, surrounded by well-established trees, is a natural space that provides lots of opportunities to try new things, takes risks, 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. 

 

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. 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 and community 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.

 

You’ll often see us out and about in our community, using the opportunity to help our tamariki make connections to and feel a part of life in the wider community, and supporting them to make sense of their place in it.  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 Rutland St 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 Rutland St is a wonderful place to learn!

 

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