Enrolment or waitlist enquiries
Boundary Rd,
Kia Ora

Our Teachers

Joyce McHerron
Head Teacher
Bachelor of Teaching and Learning
Post Graduate Diploma of Education
Cam Dudley
Diploma of Teaching and Learning (ECE)
Louise Combe
Bachelor of Teaching (ECE)
Suzanne McClelland
Bachelor of Teaching and Learning (ECE)
NZ Free Kindergarten Union Diploma

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


Our Hours Are...

Session Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri
Full-day 8:45-14:45 8:45-14:45 8:45-14:45 8:45-14:45 8:45-14:45
Morning 8:45-11:45 8:45-11:45 8:45-11:45 8:45-11:45 8:45-11:45

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 Session Times

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.







You’ll find our kindergarten at 15 Boundary Road, between Lincoln Primary and Lincoln High School.  Look for the hedge and behind that you will hear and see engaged children aged 2 – 5 years enjoying our large and leafy outdoor space.  Tamariki here 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 busy 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. 


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: that the educator is also learning from the child, that the learner and whānau cannot be separated. 


Tamariki at Kidsfirst Kindergartens Lincoln are empowered to have a voice in the way the programme operates – because they know their thinking is valued, and they know and trust this is a place of learning where their interests, skills and abilities will be acknowledged and supported in ongoing learning experiences.  Children feel they belong to a place where play is valued as “real work.


The environment inside has areas set up for children to explore and engage in 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.  


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 are an Enviroschool that has achieved “beyond Green/Gold status”, educating children, parents and whānau about the environment and our place and responsibilities within it.  The Enviroschools principles focus on building sustainable communities, empowering children as leaders in our programme, growing and enriching knowledge of Maori perspectives, showing respect for diversity and culture.   We use innovative methods to teach our children about sustainable practices and becoming citizens for positive action.


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, and we welcome visitors to the kindergarten to extend the children’s interests and learning. Time to talk” is a feature of our programme where we invite whānau to come and talk with us and share their aspirations for and about their children’s learning. 


Families are invited to twice a term meetings with the Friends of Lincoln Kindergarten (FOLK) Group meetings, where we talk with parents about the teaching and learning within the programme.  Parents very kindly offer their ideas, skills and expertise to helping us plan for fundraising for extra resources and equipment to support children’s play.

Our experiences go beyond the Kindergarten gate. We have strong relationships with the local schools, visiting regularly and supporting you and your child when the time comes to transition to school.  And you’ll often see us out and about on regular walks with the tamariki to explore the local environment.


Our kindergarten operates for six hours each day, from 8.45am – 2.45pm. 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 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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