Growing in the outdoors.
Halswell Kindergarten opened on the 28th of February 1994.
The community was very excited about a new kindergarten in the domain in the early 90s, and the years since have turned Halswell Kindergarten's premises into a wonderful playarea that reflects the philosophy of Kidsfirst.
Kidsfirst, from the beginning, believed in having exciting indoor and outdoor spaces for the children to explore and grow in. We've always been proud of our outdoor spaces and even more so when you can see their development from the somewhat bare centres we often started with.
The top photo shows Halswell as a brand new kindergarten in 1994, and below see how the area has developed to create those nooks and crannies that our children love to clamber in, out and around!
Not matter what the environment, our fully trained and qualified teachers have always found exciting things to do. See the photo below as our teachers back in the 1990s made the most of the wide open space offered at Halswell Kindergarten.
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 used 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.