Families love Hillmorton kindergarten.
Max Matthews has a connection to Hillmorton kindergarten that stretches back over fifty years. He's the third generation of his family to come here to learn, play and have fun.
Maxine Carlsen (nee Caldwell) - attended Hillmorton Kindergarten 1949 - 1950. Her daughter Charlotte Matthews (nee Carlsen) attended Hilmorton Kindergarten 1975 - 1977 ... and her son Max was at Kidsfirst Kindergartens Hillmorton from August 2011 until he left for school.
Kidsfirst Hillmorton has been a favourite for some families for generations. Many times the same stories are repeated about people having strong community connections with the kindergarten.Time and time again, parents tell the teachers that they came to the same kindy themselves.
And, there have been many times that three generations of the same family have come to Hillmorton.
in 2012, eight of the 35 children attending Kidsfirst Hillmorton had at least one parent who also went to the kindergarten there. That's over a quarter!
Back in 2005, when the kindergarten marked its 60th birthday, special guests Harold and Betty Warrington cut the anniversary cake with alongside their great grand-daughter Ellis Hills (who attended the kindergarten at the time). Ellis was the third generation of her family to attend Hillmorton kindy.
Our website uses material from the Canterbury Westland Kindergarten Association's own archives, Kindergarten Chronicles and other CWFKA publications, and those sourced from the kindys themselves. Unless otherwise noted, we believe all photographs are those of the kindergarten association and sincerely apologise if we have use any images inadvertently, without appropriate credits or permissions. If so, please advise us so we can rectify the situation..
KIDSFIRST KINDERGARTENS ARE A NOT FOR PROFIT ASSOCIATION THAT HAS DEVELOPED AND MAINTAINED KINDERGARTENS IN CHRISTCHURCH, CANTERBURY AND ON THE WEST COAST FOR OVER 100 YEARS - AS THE PLACE LOCAL KIDS COME TO LEARN, PLAY AND HAVE FUN.