Wales St
Enrolment or waitlist enquiries
134 Wales St,
Kia Ora

Our Teachers

June King
Head Teacher
NZ Free Kindergarten Union Diploma
Gill O'Connell
Diploma of Teaching (ECE)
Bronwyn Hawkey
NZ Free Kindergarten Union Diploma
Amanda Tomkinson
Bachelor of Teaching and Learning
Jill Papps
Diploma of Teaching (ECE)

Our Education Manager, or EM, is an important member of our teaching team.  Based at Kidsfirst Head Office, she is 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 her about your child’s kindergarten/centre experience..


Our EM 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 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 nestled in the heart of the Halswell community.  All children from the age of two years and their families are made to feel welcome.  Kidsfirst Kindergartens Wales St is a meeting place for our community, and we often have many generations of local Halswell families bringing their children in to experience kindergarten at its best!

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 programs and focus areas around the children, and their whānau’s aspirations for them. Our children are encouraged to contribute to the planning process, giving them a sense of ownership and a voice.

Our experienced teachers will support your child to build relationships with other children and adults, practise sharing and co-operation with others, problem-solve, persist and not give up. Your child will become independent (but not afraid to ask for help), will develop language, literacy and numeracy skills, learn about promoting sustainability, and become culturally aware and confident.  And at Wales St we have a strong emphasis on visual arts and physically active play.

We actively 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, that the learner and whānau cannot be separated. 

Our spacious outdoor environment is all natural, reflecting the traditional kiwi back yard with established trees and gardens providing endless opportunities for curiosity and exploration – learning through nature! 


You’ll see us out and about on our regular excursions into our community, exploring our neighbourhood and helping the children to make sense of their place in it.  We have strong relationships with the local schools, helping to make your child’s transition to school a smooth one.


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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