Parklands
Enrolment or waitlist enquiries
20 Chadbury St,
Parklands,
Christchurch
Kindy webpagewww.kidsfirst.co.nz/Parklands
Welcome
Kia Ora

Our Teachers

Helen Smith
Relieving Head Teacher
Bachelor of Teaching and Learning
Diploma of Teaching (ECE)
Higher Diploma of Teaching
Irene Pow
Teacher
Diploma of Teaching and Learning (ECE)
Sonia Evans
Teacher
Diploma of Teaching (ECE)
Keryn Stanley
Teacher
Diploma of Teaching (ECE)
Kat Gray
Teacher
Bachelor of Education
Diploma of Teaching (ECE)


Our Education Manager, or EM, 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 EM is Keryn Barlow

 

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 Sessions

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 will find our kindergarten in a quiet cul-de-sac right next door to Parkview Primary School. Ngā kaiako (teachers) at Kidsfirst Kindergartens Parklands are responsive to the interests, strengths and capabilities of all children aged 2 – school age. We get to know our children and their whānau well, fostering respectful relationships, while supporting our tamariki to engage with learning through a wide range of experiences.

 

Tamariki at our kindergarten learn in an environment where we value play as a means of learning. Teachers use rich language to provoke and inspire children, to support them to develop problem solving skills, engage with learning experiences within the environment, and build relationships. Children are seen as being confident, capable and able to contribute to the programme. Underpinning the programme are the tikanga principles of: Manaakitanga (caring and respect for others), Whanaungatanga (family, relationships, history, traditions) and Kaitiakitanga (looking after the world around you, including ideas about sustainability). These are central to the culture at Kidsfirst Kindergartens Parklands.

 

Kidsfirst Kindergartens Parklands has a homelike feel where children can access a range of resources that are carefully and intentionally provided to provoke thinking and exploration.  Learning occurs in all spaces at the child’s pace.   This is an environment supportive of the mana, wairua and mauri that tamariki and their whānau bring. Tamariki are encouraged to be curious about the world around them, and respectful of the environment as they play and learn.

 

The outdoor environment, is a natural space that provides lots of opportunities to try new things. It   inspires curiosity and encourages creativity through having places to run, to explore, and to use real tools. There are opportunities to grow muscles and skills, as children swing, climb, dig, and challenge themselves, as they play. Children have the opportunity to learn about, and care, for the natural environment and the world around them through hand-on experiences within the kindergarten, as well as excursions into the local community. Whānau help is required for us to be able to venture out the gate to visit the library, parks, forest, supermarket and school. We’d love for you to join us sometime.

 

We have a close partnership with Parkview School with regular visits both to the school and from new entrant teachers to the kindergarten, supporting the transition to school for you and your child.

 

Building trusting, caring and respectful relationships with whānau/families over time is key to our success in supporting and facilitating children’s learning. Parents and whānau are invited to contribute in many ways, including sharing their aspirations for child/ren, spending time with us in session, contributing their knowledge and strengths with kaiako/teachers and children. The language, culture and identity of our families is highly respected and valued - whānau/ families are viewed as partners, and are encouraged to share their knowledge with us all.

 

Community and connectedness is important here, it’s at the heart of what we do. We love it when parents and whānau join in with us. This maybe attending a social event, calling in at lunchtime to have kai with your child, helping out by doing small jobs around the place or giving your time so we can go for a walk. You can be involved whenever it suits you, and it’s a great way to get to know people in this community.

 

Kidsfirst Kindergartens Parklands 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 all time to get to know each other and provides consistency around supporting learning and the building of relationships.

 

Ko te ahurei o te tamaiti arahia ō tātou mahi.

Let the uniqueness of the child guide our work.

Come in any time, we are very proud of our unique learning environment and would love to show you around.  Kidsfirst Kindergartens Parklands is a wonderful place to learn!

 

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