Niu Early Learning Centre
Enrolment or waitlist enquiries
221 Woodham Road, Linwood North School,
Kia Ora

Our Teachers

Caroline Eatwell-McKeogh
Relieving Head Teacher
Diploma of Teaching (ECE)
Makeleta Mohi
Relieving Head Teacher
Bachelor of Education
Mary Davies
Bachelor of Teaching and Learning (ECE)
Jessica Bazzarelli
Graduate Diploma of Teaching (ECE)
Lineti Punivai
Bachelor of Teaching and Learning (ECE)
Linda Milford
NZ Free Kindergarten Union Diploma
Uta Soise
Diploma of Teaching (ECE)
Latu Filiai
Tongan Diploma of Education (Primary)

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


Our Hours Are...

Session Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri
Full-day 9:00-15:00 9:00-15:00 9:00-15:00 9:00-15:00 9:00-15:00

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

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Pukepuke 'a fufula

Maintaining the uniqueness of our identity.

Mālō e lelei, Tēnā koutou kātoa, Talofa lava, Bula vinaka, Fakalofa lahi atu, Mālō ni mauri,

and warm Pasifika greetings to you all!


Here at Kidsfirst Niu Early Learning Centre, we’re all about family, fun, friendship, and the very best in teaching and learning for your child.


Our qualified and experienced teaching team is proud to provide a programme for children aged 0 – 5 years. With great child: teacher ratios and a small overall group size, infants, toddlers and pre-schoolers can receive the individual attention they need. Our teachers understand the special ways of our youngest children and respect the interests and needs of each child and their family.


At Kidsfirst Niu we place a strong emphasis on maintaining lea faka- Tonga Tongan language, and anga faka-Tonga Tongan culture as part of our unique identity. But you don’t have to be Tongan to enrol! We value the relationships we build with our kainga/family, and look forward to making new connections, embracing our community by celebrating and honouring all

Pacific nations and nurturing the diverse cultures within our centre.


The Tongan way of being is founded on the Christian faith and this is woven into our programme through lotu prayer, and hiva singing.  Ofa love and grace is the foundation of everything that we strive to achieve, and our values of loto-to humility, faka’apa’apa respect, mamahi’i me’a loyalty and tauhi-vaha’a maintaining good relationships are seen in the interactions between our teachers, parents, kāinga, family and children every day.


Pukepuke ‘a fufula: This saying encourages our youngest learners and their families to maintain traditional Tongan values and the Tongan language – even when it gets hard. At Kidsfirst Niu we are here to support you and your family, and we understand that it is through our relationships that we all learn and grow.


 The teaching team believe in using a talanoa approach when building relationships with kainga, family and the community. We all like to talk, discuss, and laugh, and we value opportunities to share information between home and here at Niu which supports and extends each child’s learning. We are fortunate to have a teaching team who are fluent in multiple languages to support all children in their language development – also as speakers of multiple language.


Our families, past and present, are an important part of our centre’s life. We value this greatly and we encourage kainga/family to visit and take part in their child’s day, sharing your skills and knowledge too.


Strong links with our local primary schools help to support the transition to school for you and your child, as he/she moves on from our centre.


Our kindergarten operates for six hours each day, from 9.00am – 3.00pm. 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 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!

Ko te reo te tuakiri , Ko te reo tōku ahurei , Ko te reo te ora. 
Language is my identity.  Language is my uniqueness.  Language is life.


Malo e lava mai - welcome


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