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Wigram
Enrolment or waitlist enquiries
56 Springs Road,
Hornby,
Christchurch
Kindy webpagewww.kidsfirst.co.nz/Wigram
Welcome
Kia Ora

Our Teachers

Felicity Jenkins
Head Teacher
Bachelor of Teaching and Learning
Philippa Monkman
Teacher
Graduate Diploma of Teaching and Learning (ECE)
Cindy Dean
Teacher
Bachelor of Teaching (ECE)
Diploma of Teaching (ECE)
Ting Hsiao
Teacher
Graduate Diploma in Early Childhood Teaching
Amanda Deihl
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 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 8:30-11:30 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 in the heart of Wigram on Springs Road. Our children love being able to watch the world go by and stay connected to our neighbouring community. Kidsfirst Wigram is a recently renovated, bright and welcoming space where fantastic learning takes place every day for children aged 2 – 5 years. We provide place-based education that connects our tamariki to our local heritage, landscape, cultures and experiences.  Kidsfirst Kindergartens Wigram reflects the multicultural and diverse community that is our home.

 

Tamariki at Wigram have opportunities to experience new challenges, identify and pursue their own learning goals and participate in long term projects. There is a strong sense of self-determination - children are able to make choices in our environment.  Our qualified and experienced teaching team support by recognising and cultivating learning dispositions such as curiosity and imagination, and supporting opportunities in the curriculum for inquiry, experimentation and investigation.

 

Our inside learning environment has been refurbished providing an open, calm and inviting space for children to learn alongside their peers to build strong relationships and a sense of security, in play areas that allow the them to learn both independently and with others as they choose. Kaiako encourage children to explore, and give them a sense of control whilst supporting children to engage in focused, self-directed play.

 

Our outside environment provides a variety of experiences that challenge and stimulate learning. Under the shade of a large willow tree children have opportunities for exploration through sand and water play, imaginative play and physical challenges. The outdoor environment provides an abundance of sensory stimulation with birds to hear, plants and insects to see, flowers to smell, and many textures to touch. By giving children frequent opportunities to play outdoors in nature’s playground, teachers prepare children to recognise, appreciate, and learn about what lives in our natural world.

 

At Kidsfirst Kindergartens Wigram we have a collaborative learning community, where whānau/ families are viewed as significant partners, and included along our early learning journey. We have an ‘open door’, approach, and whānau are welcome to stay at any time - community and connectedness is important here. It’s at the heart of what we do. We build and maintain warm and trusting relationships with whānau who are supportive of children’s learning and families’ aspirations. We actively seek parent / whānau / aiga participation through community events, celebrating cultural festivities, and we work hard to develop an understanding of each child’s family and culture and to support families in with their children and in their role as parents. 

 

You’ll see and hear about your child’s learning in many ways—display boards, emails, newsletters, the outside notice board and through discussions as sharing information makes learning more visible.   Educa is our online portal connecting you to your child’s learning.  Our teachers will upload your child’s learning stories - straight to your phone or tablet. You and your family can provide comments and inspiration to build on the learning for your child.

 

You will see us out and about visiting in Wigram and beyond, supporting our tamariki to strengthen the connection and relationships 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.

 

Kidsfirst Kindergartens Wigram 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 Wigram is a wonderful place to learn!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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