Enrolment or waitlist enquiries
20 Loris Place,
Kindy webpagewww.kidsfirst.co.nz/Karoro
Kia Ora

Our Teachers

Tim Eden-Calcott
Head Teacher
Graduate Diploma of Teaching and Learning
Tracey Hall
Bachelor of Teaching and Learning (ECE)
Raelene Johnson
Bachelor of Education (Teaching) EC

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


Kidsfirst Kindergartens Karoro was founded in 1982 on the West Coast. The Kindergarten is situated at 20 Loris Place, at the end of a quiet cul de sac, looking out to the Tasman sea, and nestled below beautiful native bush. Our place is away from busy traffic, a hidden gem where we can hear the native birds in the bush, the waves from the ocean, and see Aoraki on a clear day (from the top of the monkey-bars!).

At Karoro Kindergarten we are very proud to be a Silver Enviroschool, an award which recognises the powerful way in which children can positively influence and change their environment towards a more sustainable future. Our place-based programme explores how to engage in sustainable practices and nurture our precious environment. At Kidsfirst Karoro children are inspired to develop their imaginative thinking and problem-solving skills through real-life experiences such as growing vegetables, preparing healthy food, caring for our resident hei hei (chickens) Bonny and Charlie, and engaging in waste minimisation through re-cycling and up-cycling, such as feeding the worm farm our left over food waste.


We are lucky to have access to the West Coast bush right at our door step, which we explore through small-group bush walks. By connecting with nature through sustainable practices, children at Karoro Kindergarten are competent and capable guardians/kaitiaki of our unique place in Aotearoa New Zealand and ultimately the wider world. 


Indoors, Kidsfirst Kindergartens Karoro has a homelike feel. Inspired by a Reggio Emilia philosophy, children aged 2-5 years can access a range of resources that are carefully and intentionally presented to ignite thinking and exploration. Learning occurs in all spaces at the child’s pace, acknowledging the mana, wairua and mauri our tamariki bring when they come to us. Tamariki are encouraged to be mindful of and inspired by the world around them, and respectful of the environment they play and learn in.


Our vast outdoor area is abundant with native plants, climbing trees and our treasured vegetable gardens complete with composting and worms farms. The playground offers children the freedom to explore and engage with the natural world outside, in all weather. This nurtures each child’s ability to begin to understand the complexity and wonder of the world they live in, and enhance their connections with nature.


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

At Kidsfirst Kindergartens Karoro we have a collaborative learning community, where whānau/ families are viewed as significant partners, and included along our early learning journey. 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 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.


Karoro 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 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 Karoro is a wonderful place to learn!


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