Click below for the answers to some Frequently Asked Questions...
What should I look for in a kindergarten or in an early years service environment?
Choosing the right centre for your child is very much a personal decision.
A centre should help your child to:
- Make sense of their world
- Embrace new challenges
- Co-operate with others
- Set goals for themselves
At what age should I enrol my child at Kidsfirst?
It's never too early to enrol your child. Some parents even choose to enrol their children as soon as they're born! For more information on enrolment click here.
How long is the kindergarten day?
We aim to best meet the needs of the local community so the length of the kindergarten day will vary slightly between kindergartens.
As a general rule:
All day kindergartens will generally operate for six hours day a day between the hours of 8.30 am - 2.30 pm. Within the six hours, you can choose whether your children come for the mornings or stay for the full six hours.
What should I do if I have any questions about enrolment?
Contact the kindergarten you would like your child to attend and the staff will be happy to answer your questions and help you with enrolling.
How does Government 20 Hours ECE work with Kidsfirst?
Kidsfirst is a registered provider of the Government's 20 Hours ECE per week for children aged between 3 - 6 years. We not only offer 20 hours ECE (Early Childhood Education) per week but have extended this to 30 hours per week, so your child may come to one of our Kidsfirst Kindergartens for 10 extra hours for free. Terms and conditions apply. If you want more information please contact Kidsfirst or the kindergarten you are wanting your child to attend.
What if my child has individual/additional needs?
We understand that every child is unique and we adapt our programmes accordingly. Te Whāriki can be moulded to take into consideration the strengths and requirements of individual children in order to get them working to the best of their abilities. An Individual Development/Education Plan (IDP or IEP) will be developed for children who require additional or alternative resources. Children with additional needs will be fully included and educated within our framework of Te Whāariki and extra support may be accessed.
Who can I talk to?
Kindergarten is a partnership with parents, whānau/family and caregivers. We like to take every opportunity during our conversations with you to share your child's progress and development. If you have anything you would like to discuss with us, simply ask or make a time with the teaching team.
What will my child learn?
Our early childhood education programme provides a variety of learning opportunities and experiences for your child, as they learn to make sense of their world. It's important that children embrace new challenges, that they learn alongside others and can set goals for themselves with our qualified teachers. We want to help your child have fun as a confident and competent learner.