Kaiapoi North
Enrolment or waitlist enquiries
10 Ranfurly St,
Kindy webpagewww.kidsfirst.co.nz/KaiapoiNorth
Kia Ora

Our Teachers

Ally Exton
Head Teacher
Bachelor of Teaching and Learning
Diploma of Teaching (ECE)
NZ Free Kindergarten Union Diploma
Kerry Smith
Bachelor of Arts
Graduate Diploma of Teaching and Learning
Anna Lange
Bachelor of Teaching and Learning (ECE)

Our Education Service Manager, or ESM, 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 ESM is Susan Szentivanyi


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 in the historic Kaiapoi Domain, surrounded by green space and mature trees. It’s our unique “forest” setting that sets us apart in Kaiapoi. Our skilled and experienced teaching team is proud to provide a programme for children aged 2 – 5 years where we foster a strong sense of belonging. We do this by encouraging children to show Manaakitanga- caring for each other, and Kaitiakitanga - caring for our environment. We encourage our children to be self-directing, creating their own challenges and being supported to achieve these.


Tamariki here at Kidsfirst Kindergartens Kaiapoi North have freedom to explore, connect with other children and learn through play.  Visitors often comment on the calm, relaxed yet busy environment they see as they come into the kindergarten.  All around you will see children at work alongside each other, making choices for play that engage them with the people, the places and the things of our environment and community.  We offer an inclusive programme that encourages risk-taking and supports the emergent interests of our tamariki.

We value our tamariki, recognising they come to us with individual interests, strengths, talents and learning styles.  We work together with our families and whānau to create an environment that empowers children to fulfil their potential - together we support children to develop a positive ‘sense of self’ and to be a confident and capable learner who asks questions and make discoveries.


Our modern, purpose-built kindergarten features a large covered deck on two sides which enables outside play to happen in all weathers – and gives us a great view of our community, over the fence and across the Domain. Inside we have a stimulating play space that is richly resourced and provides opportunities for collaboration and enquiry.   It caters for quiet learning spaces as well as large group times for our tamariki.


Outside, our big back yard gives tamariki lots of opportunities to explore, be curious and discover through the natural world. Green grass, barked areas, gardens, areas to experience physical challenges such as climbing trees, and equipment specially designed to support children’s physical growth and development are features.  Our boat and jetty are reflective of the River town where we live. 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. 


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. Parents and whanau contributions, together with the teaching team, are vital in enriching a child’s identity and sense of mana - increasing their child’s engagement in learning. 


Each week we have our “Whānau Time” session.  On a Monday morning from 9am to 10.30am we welcome infants, toddlers and young children and their families into our kindergarten.  This is an open session where anyone with young children can come to meet others, while their young ones play and learn alongside the kindergarten children.


You will see us out and about visiting in Kaiapoi - our town, supporting our tamariki to strengthen the connection they have within their local community and to further explore this setting in their role as caretakers (kaitiaki) of our environment. 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 kindergarten.


Family/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. A real sense of Whanaungatanga (family connection) is established here.  There are many opportunities for whānau to be involved in a child’s day; from casual visits, playtime and exploration in the Domain and walks to local schools, and celebrations such as birthdays and Matariki, shared lunches and teddy bears picnic.


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 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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