Enrolment or waitlist enquiries
106 Hackthorne Rd,
Kia Ora

Our Teachers

Kylie Burrell
Head Teacher
Diploma of Teaching (ECE)
Sally Franks
Bachelor of Education
Diploma of Teaching (ECE)
Andrea Nelson
NZ Free Kindergarten Union Diploma
Claire Macphail
Bachelor of Education (Teaching) EC
Mel Haines
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 Susan Szentivanyi


You’ll find our kindergarten down a quiet laneway off Hackthorne Road, very close to Cashmere Primary School. 

Our team of experienced and qualified teachers works hard here to create inspiring learning environments that reflect children’s interests and encourage creative thinking.



Kidsfirst Kindergartens Cashmere is a well-resourced, light and spacious learning environment that offers children time, space and resources to be creative and expressive, and to make decisions about their learning. Children aged 2 – 5 years 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.   Children here learn in an environment and philosophy that values and supports uninterrupted and sustainable play. Protected spaces allow children to work for sustained periods of time, to come back to and involve others in their work. 


Our large 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.



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

At Kidsfirst Kindergartens Cashmere children are celebrated and affirmed for who they are and what they bring to their learning.  Our programme values and promotes creativity, empowers children to take risks, try new things and find success. We 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 we encourage children to share their thoughts and ideas, and explore their working theories within their kindergarten experiences. 


We have an ‘open door’ approach - whānau are welcome to stay at any time. The notion of community and connectedness is important here, it’s at the heart of what we do. We value the relationships we build with our whānau/families, and look forward to making new connections. 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 and community are encouraged to be involved at our kindergarten in whatever way suits – through a helpful hand now and then, through social events, 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 have strong links with our local primary school, which supports the transition to school for you and your child, as he/she moves on from Kindergarten.


Kidsfirst  Kindergartens Cashmere 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 Cashmere is a wonderful place to learn!



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