Enrolment or waitlist enquiries
19 Banks St,
Kindy webpagewww.kidsfirst.co.nz/Templeton
Kia Ora

Our Teachers

Trish Ralston
Head Teacher
NZ Free Kindergarten Union Diploma
Chris Gibbens
Bachelor of Education
Diploma of Teaching
Manjit Singh
Bachelor of Teaching and Learning (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 Nicki Chapman


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’ll find our kindergarten through our waharoa (gateway) at 19 Banks St, between Templeton School and the farm.  We are licenced for children aged 2 – 5 years, and our skilled and experienced teachers look forward to working collaboratively with you to ensure your time at Kidsfirst Kindergartens Templeton is full of fun and learning. We are a passionate team and have recently won the Kidsfirst Kindergartens Engaged Award.


Kidsfirst Kindergartens Templeton is a well-resourced kindergarten with a spacious, welcoming, and attractive and child-centred environment.  Our indoor space provides lots of opportunities to try new things, inspire curiosity and develop creativity through play. We work to provide an atmosphere full of fun in an environment that gives our children independence and sense of belonging.


Our outside area has lots of room for children to be challenged, to explore and to develop their physical skills, with a variety of moveable equipment that allows children to set their own challenges. We have large gardens where we teach our children to look after our environment by being involved in planting and caring for the gardens and by looking after and caring for our hei hei (chickens), composting and worm farm. We love being next door to the farm which the children observe from the bridge in our playground.


Our kindergarten celebrates learning through play. We develop children’s curiosity though a process of inquiry, research and exploration, building on their working theories and ideas to help children gain an understanding of their world. The Education Review Office has awarded us their highest rating, saying “They have established a culture in which children are first and foremost valued, celebrated and affirmed for who they are and what they bring to their learning.  Teachers provide a rich curriculum and resources that foster curiosity, active exploration and creativity”


We support the children’s play, and work to develop the skills they need as 21st century learners, such as:

Whai Wāhitanga   (being interested and involved)

Manawanui  (being brave and taking safe risks)

Māia  (developing confidence and competence)

Auahatanga  (creativity)

Mahi Tahi (working collaboratively, social competence)

Manaakitanga (kindness and caring)

Rangatiratanga  (developing leadership skills)

Ohaohanga (generosity) 

Mana Reo (communication and language skills) 

Hīraurau raruraru (problem solving, being innovative)

Manawaroa (building resilience and patience)

Hiranga (determination)

Arotahi (focus)

Kananga  (responsibility) 

Whakatoi (daring) 

Hūmārie (humility) 

Whakahī (pride) 

Whakakata (humour)


At Kidsfirst Templeton we work in partnership with our families and value your input into your child’s learning based on each family’s uniqueness and aspirations for their tamariki.  We use learning stories to illustrate your child’s learning and work with you to plan and implement strategies to further develop their learning.  Parents and whānau are welcome to stay whenever you can. We have community events each term, like picnics, discos, wheel-a-thons and movie nights – everyone is welcome! Our parents are really supportive of our kindergarten and help out in lots of ways like taking home washing, sharing knowledge and resources, cooking and baking with the children, helping with fundraising and attending events.


We treasure this whakatauki:


Ehara taku toa i te toa takitahi engari he toa takitini.

I come not with my own strengths but bring with me the gifts, talents and strengths of my family, tribe and ancestors.


We are under the protective cloak of Ngāti Moki Marae and celebrate this bi cultural partnership by learning about our local legends, visits to the marae and learning about Te Waihora (Lake Ellesmere) We are working on developing our kindergarten environment to be more reflective of our bicultural heritage with native plantings, a whare and wahaoroa (gate way) that welcomes you into our kindergarten.


We are proud to be part of the Templeton community. You’ll see us out and about exploring our environment with picnics in the domain, and adventures on the Yellow Line Bus to the Hornby Library, Woodcote Retirement Home, Riccarton Bush and Templeton School and out into our city.


We work closely with Templeton school (or any school of your choice) to ensure that your child has a happy and successful transition to school. The new entrant teachers regularly visit our kindergarten and our oldest ten children visit the new entrant class at Templeton 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 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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