Enrolment or waitlist enquiries
1 McCormacks Bay Road,
Phone: (03) 384 1065
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Bachelor of Teaching and Learning
Diploma of Teaching (ECE)
Bachelor of Teaching and Learning (ECE)
Our EM is Keryn Barlow
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Kidsfirst Kindergartens The Bays.
The new Kidsfirst Kindergartens The Bays, with its large, tree-filled back yard and state of the art playground, is the latest addition to the already 70 plus kindergartens in the Kidsfirst family with a distinctive character all its own, that draws inspiration from its wonderful setting and a strong educational philosophy.
Our new Kindergarten is nestled under a hill by the name of Tauhinu-korokio, named after native shrubs that were once plentiful there. We’re right by the sea, surrounded by bush echoing the sounds of native birds. Kidsfirst Kindergartens The Bays was specifically designed for its coastal setting with open-plan indoor spaces that take in beautiful views across the estuary. Expansive decking, a boardwalk and stepping stones through a native forest walk and large climbing rocks surrounding a huge sandpit, are just some of the many great outdoor features.
Our program for children aged 2 – 5 years places significance on our three curriculum priorities of ako (inquiry learning), rangatiratanga (leadership), and holistic development. A sense of spontaneity, humour and joy is woven throughout our programme every day. We place a strong emphasis on sustainability, caring for our three kindergarten hei hei (chickens), and our natural environment plays a large part in our daily programme – supporting the children to develop eco-awareness and to understand their role in it.
Our teaching team has a strong commitment to creating partnerships with our families and whānau. We want to get to know you and your family well, nurturing authentic and trusting relationships. Whanaungatanga - family, relationships, history, traditions – all these things help us to support your child with their learning. Whānau contribute and support our daily curriculum in many ways, but we understand the pressures on working parents too – 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 magical setting in their role as caretakers (kaitiaki) of our environment. At Kidsfirst Kindergartens The Bays your child will learn to ask questions about their world, helping them to make sense of it. Strong links with our local primary school 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 8.30am – 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. 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 and see us any time, we’ll make you welcome!
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