North New Brighton
Enrolment or waitlist enquiries
177 Bowhill Rd,
North New Brighton,
Mobile: 027 550 8007
Kia Ora

Our Teachers

Kathryn McNeill
Head Teacher
Diploma of Teaching (ECE)
Jacqui Wagener
Bachelor of Teaching and Learning
Caro Ryk
Bachelor of Education Teaching (Early Years)

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


You’ll find our kindergarten up a long driveway, with silhouettes of happy children guiding you to our gate.

You’ll be welcomed by excited children and our qualified and experienced teaching team, who support children to take a lead in their own learning journey through innovation, inquiry and hands-on learning and discovery. Children aged 2-5 years can access a range of resources at Kidsfirst North New Brighton that are carefully and intentionally presented to ignite thinking and exploration. Learning occurs in all spaces at the child’s pace, acknowledging the mana, wairua and mauri our tamariki bring when they come to us. Tamariki are encouraged to be mindful of and inspired by the world around them, and respectful of the environment they play and learn in.


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.  A calm yet busy environment exists in the outside spaces.  Our vast outdoor area has 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. 


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 teaching team works from a set of values that promote a love of learning, passion and wonderment, and where your child’s imagination is valued and nurtured. We passionately support children’s learning, their interests, skills and abilities, acknowledging and valuing 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, and that the learner and whānau cannot be separated. 


We see our Kindergarten as an extension of home for children and their families, where we respect one another and the world we live in. Children at Kidsfirst North New Brighton experience an environment that promotes a “community of learners” where adults and children learn together (Ako me te Tuakana Teina) and where links between kindergarten and home are valued.


We have an ‘open door’ approach - whānau are welcome to stay at any time. The notion of community and connectedness is important here, it’s at the heart of what we do. We value the relationships we build with our whānau/families, and look forward to making new connections, embracing the multiculturalism and diversity of our community.  North New Brighton Kindergarten is a learning hub for all. Family and whānau spend lots of time in our kindergarten and are always welcome to contribute in whatever way they feel comfortable. We encourage and value family and whānau coming in to share their skills and interests with the children to extend their learning. A real sense of Whanaungatanga (family connection) is felt here.


We have strong connections with our local kura/school to support a positive transition for your child when he/she goes to school.


Kidsfirst  Kindergartens North New Brighton 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 us, the teachers time to get to know your child and provides consistency around supporting their learning.


Come in any time, we are very proud of our unique learning environment and would love to show you around.  Kidsfirst Kindergartens North New Brighton is a wonderful place to learn!


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