Enrolment or waitlist enquiries
6 Ryeland Ave,
Kia Ora

Our Teachers

Lauren Sutcliffe
Head Teacher
Graduate Diploma of Teaching and Learning
Isla Connolly
Bachelor of Education (Teaching) EC
Emily Carter
Graduate Diploma in Early Childhood Teaching
Miranda Wiffen
Diploma of Teaching (ECE)
Christine Putt
Bachelor of Teaching and Learning
Diploma of Teaching (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 Keryn Barlow


You’ll find our newly-renovated kindergarten in the heart of Ilam, situated amongst the trees at the rear of Ryeland Reserve.

Inside, you’ll find areas set up for children aged 2 – 5 years to explore and engage in a range of play experiences with and alongside each other.  Children can choose from a wide range of resources and equipment:  there are quiet, creative and imaginative play areas.   Learning occurs in all spaces at the child’s pace. 

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 skilled and experienced teaching team  support children’s learning, their interests, skills and abilities.  We acknowledge and value every person in this place as a teacher and learner.  This supports the tikanga principle of ako: that the educator is also learning from the child, that the learner and whānau cannot be separated. 


Tamariki here at Kidsfirst Kindergartens Ilam have freedom to explore, connect with other children and learn through play.  Visitors often comment on the calm, relaxed yet busy environment they see as they come into the kindergarten.  All around you will see children at work alongside each other, making choices for play that engage them with the people, the places and the things of our environment and community.  We offer an inclusive programme that encourages risk-taking and supports the emergent interests of our tamariki.


A calm yet busy environment exists in the outside spaces.  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.  Tamariki choose from and learn to use a range of real resources such as saws, hammers, nails, gardening equipment, spades and shovels.  In using this equipment, they learn about managing risk and making safe choices for meaningful play. 


We value whānau input, with an open door policy for all. 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. We are here to help each family to find the right balance for them and their child, and we welcome visitors to the kindergarten to extend the children’s interests and learning.  We have a close community with generations of families passing through our doors.


You’ll often see us out and about in our hi-vis vests, exploring the local community and learning more about our place in it. We’re very proud of our connections with the wider educational community, particularly with the local Primary schools – supporting you when the time comes to transition to school.



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 –building up to five days.  This gives our teachers time to get to know your child and build a relationship, 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 any time – we’ll show you around and make you welcome!



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