Kendal Avenue
Enrolment or waitlist enquiries
55 Kendal Ave,
Kia Ora

Our Teachers

Jackie Cooper
Head Teacher
Bachelor of Teaching and Learning
Certificate of Management
Sarah Henriod
Graduate Diploma of Teaching and Learning
Pip Reilly
Graduate 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 Nicki Chapman


You’ll find our kindergarten right in the heart of Burnside.  Please feel free to pop in anytime to see our programme in action.  Our kindergarten environment provides opportunities for children aged 2 -5 years to play, explore and grow, extend their current learning and build new friendships and connections in their neighbourhood. 

In our recently renovated, open-plan kindergarten we offer a caring, whānau-friendly environment for all children to develop a strong foundation for lifelong learning. We plan our programme around the children, and their whānau’s aspirations for them. Children are encouraged to contribute to the planning process. This gives children a sense of ownership and a voice.


Our skilled and experienced teaching team passionately 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: the educator is also learning from the child, that the learner and whānau cannot be separated. 


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 Kendal Ave your child will learn to communicate and develop relationships with adults and other children, sharing and cooperating. They will explore, create, solve problems, and learn to persist and not give up. They will ask questions about their world, and start to make sense of their place in it.


We support and encourage whānau involvement as much as each individual family is able to give, understanding that today there are often other demands on time.  We are here to help each family to find the right balance for them and their child.


We enjoy regular excursions within the local community - including the local schools, and we welcome visitors to the kindergarten to extend the children’s interests and learning. 


Our teaching team is committed to supporting each child to gain the ability to work, learn, and get along with others while being in a caring, stable and happy environment. Time spent at Kidsfirst Kindergartens Kendal Ave will help to spark and focus your child’s curiosity and natural love of learning.


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 enroll for at least two full days – building up to five 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 any time – we’ll show you around and make you welcome!


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