Sunbeam
Enrolment or waitlist enquiries
13 Cornwall St,
St Albans,
Christchurch
Kindy webpagewww.kidsfirst.co.nz/Sunbeam
Welcome
Kia Ora

Our Teachers

Neroli Gardner
Head Teacher
NZ Free Kindergarten Union Diploma
Deana Wood
Teacher
Bachelor of Teaching and Learning
Emma Haig
Teacher
Bachelor of Education
Diploma of Teaching
Jade Fuller
Teacher
Diploma of Teaching (ECE)
Bridget McDonald
Teacher
Bachelor of Education
Rachael Waugh
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 Jeanne Williams

 

 

Sunbeam is the original Kidsfirst Kindergarten, and with more than 100 years in this kindergarten community is still working to nurture and develop Kiwi kids from the area.

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 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 tucked away in a quiet street in the heart of the Edgeware village in St Albans - just look for the beautiful trees. Behind our gate you will hear and see engaged children aged 2 – 5 years enjoying our large and leafy outdoor space.  Tamariki here have freedom to explore, connect with other children and learn through play.  Visitors often comment on the calm, relaxed yet busy environment they see as they come into the kindergarten.  All around you will see children busy at work alongside each other, making choices for play that engage them with the people, the places and the things of our environment and community.  Kidsfirst Sunbeam has a strong history of well over 100 years which is celebrated by our kindergarten community.

 

The qualified and experienced teaching team at Kidsfirst Sunbeam 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 nature-based education. 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.

 

Kidsfirst Kindergartens Sunbeam is a well-resourced kindergarten with a spacious, welcoming, and attractive and child-centred environment for children aged 2 – 5 years.  Our indoor space 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.

 

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. 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.  Our big trees provide shelter outside in all weather, and we have peaceful, quiet areas for calm and reflection.

 

Relationships with parents, family and whānau at Sunbeam 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.

 

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 even have a sister-city relationship with Asahi Kindergarten in Kurashiki!  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.

 

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 consistency around supporting their learning. 

 

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

 

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