Enrolment or waitlist enquiries
23 Fergusson Ave,
Mobile: 021 074 6786
Kia Ora

Our Teachers

Raelene Forde
Head Teacher
Bachelor of Teaching and Learning
Diploma of Teaching (ECE)
Sonia Evans
Diploma of Teaching (ECE)
Penny Warren
Bachelor of Teaching and Learning
Beth Hunia
Bachelor of Education
NZ Free Kindergarten Union Diploma
Gemma Barnes
Bachelor of Education (Teaching) EC

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 Lorraine Stewart


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 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 the end of a quiet residential street in Mairehau, close to two local Primary schools.  Kidsfirst Kindergartens Mairehau is the place where lifelong friendships begin for children aged 2 – 5 years.


You can feel the calm and friendly wairua (spirit) in our environment as you come in the door. Our kindergarten is light and warm, with tamariki's work adorning the walls. Outside, our playground provides a lush, green and natural landscape with physical challenges and activities that capture the imagination, providing endless opportunities for your child’s curiosity and exploration.  It is our little surprise out the back!

At Kidsfirst Kindergartens Mairehau we follow the New Zealand early childhood curriculum “Te Whāriki”, which strengthens early learning and lays a strong foundation for later success. Our teachers plan the programme and focus areas around the children, and their whānau’s aspirations for them. Our tamariki are encouraged to contribute to the planning process, giving them 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 our kindergarten as a teacher and learner.  This supports the tikanga principle of ako: that the educator is also learning from the child, that the learner andwhānau cannot be separated. 


Our programme has a strong focus on social competency - getting along well with others, being able to form and maintain relationships, and responding in adaptive ways in social settings.

Our focus areas also include literacy, the arts, tamariki's physical prowess, and ways of interacting with and in the natural world - our place and responsibilities within it.  We use innovative methods to teach our children about sustainable practices and becoming citizens for positive action.


We value whānau input, with an open door policy for all. If you have time you could join our Kindergarten parent group to plan and promote fundraising events – it’s a great way to meet and make friendships with others. 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 have a close community with generations of families passing through our doors. 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 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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