Enrolment or waitlist enquiries
57 Bellvue Ave,
Kia Ora

Our Teachers

Claire Bosworth
Head Teacher
Bachelor of Teaching and Learning (ECE)
Maryam Mamat
Bachelor of Teaching and Learning (ECE)
Riffy Afza
Bachelor of Teaching and Learning (ECE)
Jane Nuttridge
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 Catherine Gerslov-Wright


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 Kidsfirst Kindergartens Papanui right in the heart of the Papanui neighbourhood. When you come in to our kindergarten you will feel Manaakitanga, the warmth and welcome of our learning community. You will also be amazed by the big, bright, child-friendly space with lots of different learning areas that foster opportunities for children to learn both individually and in groups. We have a large, exciting and challenging outdoor area that has many wonderful natural spaces for children to explore.


The programme we have developed for children aged 2 – 5 years is fun, exciting and challenging with an inquiry learning focus, where your child’s individual needs and interests are catered for. Our kindergarten has a strong art focus, supporting children to express themselves through creativity, and every week we have a very popular drama session with Phillipa Pink for children who wish to join in.


At Kidsfirst Papanui, our core curriculum values are whanaungatanga (relationships), social competency, creativity, curiosity, risk-taking, rangatiratanga (leadership), ako (learning and teaching), and kindness.  Our teaching team is experienced and motivated, our focus and commitment is for each child to love learning and reach their personal best. 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 learner and whānau cannot be separated. 



You’ll often see us out about in our environment in our ‘high vis vests’, exploring our community and visiting our local park to see the changing seasons. We also have strong relationships with the local schools, helping you and your child when the time comes to make the transition to school.


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.


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 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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