Enrolment or waitlist enquiries
24 Rochester St,
Mobile: 027 550 8417
Kia Ora

Our Teachers

Steph Olliver
Head Teacher
Bachelor of Teaching and Learning (ECE)
Su Blacklock
NZ Free Kindergarten Union Diploma
Alex Blandford
Bachelor of Teaching and Learning (ECE)

Our Professional Leaders are an important member of our teaching team.  Based at Kidsfirst Head Office, they are 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 them about your child’s kindergarten/centre experience...


Our PL is Lorraine Stewart



Our community established this kindergarten in 1928 in the local church hall. We moved into our purpose-built kindergarten on the current site in 1936. We have developed long-standing links with the community – local primary schools, Plunket, health nurses, and social and family support agencies. Many families have had several generations attend Kidsfirst Linwood.

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.







You’ll find our kindergarten in a quiet residential street surrounded by a diverse and close-knit community.  Ngā kaiako (teachers) here at Kidsfirst Kindergartens Linwood 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, reciprocal, supportive and inclusive 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.


You’ll find our tamariki, whānau and kaiako actively involved in rich learning experiences both in our kindergarten environment and out in the wider Linwood community. Our big backyard is an expansive, well-developed playground which has space for tamariki to actively explore and challenge themselves. There is plenty of room to kick balls, climb on boxes, swing and use our purpose-built scooter track. Our large bird aviary offers opportunities for the tamariki to learn how to care for pets and understand natural life cycles.


Indoors, Kidsfirst Kindergartens Linwood has a homelike feel. Children 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.


The qualified and experienced teaching team at Kidsfirst Linwood deliver a Tiriti-based curriculum. This includes learning about and understanding the cultural history and stories of the Linwood area - and ways that these can enrich the programme offered to children.  Te Ao Māori is given prominence in all aspects of our kindergarten programme.  Our teachers place a strong focus on fostering a sense of Whanaungatanga (family, relationships, history, traditions) and Ūkaipōtanga (belonging and connection) - warmly welcoming and supporting children, parents and whānau. Kaiako value our parent’s voice, views and contributions to their children’s learning at the kindergarten.


At our kindergarten we promote and use culturally-responsive practices, knowledge and understandings that respect the Pacific cultures. The language, culture and identity of children and families is highly respected and celebrated, and are key to a positive, confident sense of self for our Pacific children.

We have a well- resourced literacy and numeracy programme which supports children with diverse needs, including English language learners. Tamariki are well supported within an inclusive learning environment.


We have an open door policy where whānau are welcome to stay and spend time during sessions with us anytime, discovering what we have to offer. Feel free to bring kai and join us for a cup of tea or coffee.  Once a term our kindergarten community come together to share and celebrate the learning happening in this place. These gatherings take place in the evenings so everyone can come - including extended whānau, past and present.  


You’ll often see us out and about in our community, at the library, visiting our neighbourhood rest home, and at the beach, estuary and art gallery - helping tamariki make sense of and find out about their wider world.  And we have regular visits from the CCC Outreach Librarian and local kaiawhina (Health Navigator).


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 build a relationship, and gives consistency around supporting their learning.  


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


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