Moving with the changing tides.
Isleworth Road Kindergarten opened on the 1st of February 1967.
When Isleworth Rd opened it was a time of great societal change.
Kindy teachers had just been included in the Education Act 1964 as members of the education service and school certificate had become the minimum qualification for kindergarten teacher training.
In the wider community, television and space exploration were exciting. Young children everywhere had a future that would have seemed unimaginable only a few years prior.
Despite all this change the focus of the kindergartens and its dedicated teachers was always on doing the best for the children. This is something that had remained true since our first kindergarten was established in 1911, and some 50 years on, still remained constant.
Since then Isleworth has had to adapt to many more societal changes but the core philosophy of kindergarten stays true; "the more things change the more things stay the same."
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.