Enrolment or waitlist enquiries
22 Vickery St,
Phone: (03) 327 7783
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NZ Free Kindergarten Union Diploma
Bachelor of Teaching and Learning (ECE)
NZ Free Kindergarten Union Diploma
Diploma of Teaching (ECE)
Our ESM is Nicki Chapman
Our Hours Are...
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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.
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You’ll find our kindergarten in a quiet little street just off Ohoka Road, nestled into a big, kiwi back yard with huge climbing trees, birds singing and tamariki exploring. Kidsfirst Vickery St has a wonderful wairua (spirit) you will experience the minute you walk in our doors. Creating a sense of belonging is really important to us as we engage with our tamariki and whānau - this is their second home, welcoming, inviting and fun. We run a calm, peaceful programme with lots of laughter, happy tamariki and keen learners.
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. We’re here to support children’s learning, their interests, skills and abilities, acknowledging and valuing 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, and that the learner and whānau cannot be separated.
Our indoor space is light and warm. 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. Learning occurs in all spaces at the child’s pace.
A calm, yet busy environment exists in our outside spaces. 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. 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 backyard space excites curiosity with natural discoveries, changing seasons and the insects and birds which reside here.
At Vickery St we have a collaborative learning community, where whānau/ families are viewed as significant partners, and included along our early learning journey. We regularly have visitors from around our community and the tamariki are always so proud of their kindergarten as they welcome these people in.
We have an ‘open door’, approach, and whānau are welcome to stay at any time - community and connectedness is important here. It’s at the heart of what we do. We regularly hold family/whanau events both social and fundraising, and see families building relationships that continue outside of the kindergarten, ka pai! We have strong links with our local primary schools, which supports the transition to school for you and your child, as he/she moves on from Kindergarten.
Each week we have our “Whānau Time” session. On a Tuesday 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.
And you’ll 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. We walk to a local park and do rubbish collecting which gives the tamariki a sense of responsibility beyond the kindergarten gate. 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.
Kidsfirst Kindergartens Vickery St 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 Vickery St is a wonderful place to learn!