Enrolment or waitlist enquiries
77 Hall Street,
Kindy webpagewww.kidsfirst.co.nz/Hokitika
Kia Ora

Our Teachers

Josephine Wood
Relieving Head Teacher
NZ Free Kindergarten Union Diploma
Ceridwyn Dimmick
Head Teacher
NZ Free Kindergarten Union Diploma
Angela Kearns
Diploma of Teaching
Ardie Austin
Diploma of Teaching (ECE)
Josephine Wood
NZ Free Kindergarten Union Diploma

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 Keryn Barlow


Our Hours Are...

Session Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri
Full-day 8:45-14:45 8:45-14:45 8:45-14:45 8:45-14:45 8:45-14:45
Morning 8:45-11:45 8:45-11:45 8:45-11:45 8:45-11:45 8:45-11:45

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 a huge, park-like setting, surrounded by tall trees and established gardens. We’ve been teaching and learning alongside children aged 2 – 5 years in Hokitika for more than 60 years!


Tamariki here 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 busy 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. 


Our skilled and experienced teaching team passionately support children’s learning, their interests, skills and abilities.  We acknowledge and value 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. 


At Kidsfirst Kindergartens Hokitika, 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.  


An exciting 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. 


We are an Enviroschool, educating children, parents and whānau about the environment and our place and responsibilities within it. The Enviroschools principles focus on building sustainable communities, empowering children as leaders in our programme, growing and enriching knowledge of Māori perspectives, showing respect for diversity and culture.   We use innovative methods to teach our children about sustainable practices and becoming citizens for positive action.


We’re proud to be part of the Hokitika community, and prouder still to be West Coasters! We’re often involved in community events, and you’ll see our kaiako and tamariki out and about regularly in our town, exploring this magical setting in their role as caretakers (kaitiaki) of our environment. At Kidsfirst Kindergartens Hokitika your child will learn to ask questions about their world, helping them to make sense of it. Strong links with our local primary school help to support the transition to school for you and your child, as he/she moves on from kindergarten.


Our kindergarten operates for six hours each day, from 8.45am – 2.45pm. 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.  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 and see us any time, we’ll make you welcome!

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