There's so much to tell about the last hundred years that we couldn't start to do it justice. What we can do, though, is tell a few of the little stories that help to make up the big picture.










Every kindergarten has a story...

sometimes a whole lot of stories!


Take a look at some of the interesting things that have happened in our kindergartens since 1911, right thought to 2016. There's always a lot happening at kindy. And what better way to celebrate the Assocation's past than to share some of those stories that inspire what we do, how we do it and why we do it so well. 


(There's more happening everyday, as you can see in our kindergarten stories, reflecting life in our various kindergartens today.)


You can read about the 'tip of the iceberg' here. Some of the remarkable and seemingly inconsequential events of the day that all add up to create the rich tapestry that has been kindergarten in our area over the past century.


Our Central Otago kindergartens have their own fabulous histories, and Kidfirst Niu draws on a proud heritage and culture. Their stories are captured elsewhere.


Click on an individual kindergarten for a link to a piece of their own history...


Kidsfirst Avonhead


Kidsfirst Beckenham


Kidsfirst Belfast


Kidsfirst Bromley


Kidsfirst Broomfield


Kidsfirst Burnham


Kidsfirst Bush St


Kidsfirst Cashmere


Kidsfirst Cotswold Ave


Kidsfirst Diamond Harbour


Kidsfirst Early Learning Centre Aranui


Kidsfirst Edmonds Smith St


Kidsfirst Greymouth


Kidsfirst Glacier Country


Kidsfirst Halswell


Kidsfirst Hargest Crescent


Kidsfirst Hawthornden


Kidsfirst Hei Hei


Kidsfirst Hillmorton


Kidsfirst Hokitika


Kidsfirst Hoon Hay


Kidsfirst Hornby


Kidsfirst Ilam


Kidsfirst Isleworth


Kidsfirst Kaiapoi North


Kidsfirst Karoro


Kidsfirst Kendal Ave


Kidsfirst King St


Kidsfirst Lady May


Kidsfirst Lincoln 


Kidsfirst Linwood


Kidsfirst Lyttelton


Kidsfirst MacFarlane Park


Kidsfirst Mairehau


Kidsfirst Mathers Rd


Kidsfirst McKenzie


Kidsfirst Mount Pleasant


Kidsfirst Ngaire Larcombe


Kidsfirst North New Brighton


Kidsfirst Northcote


Kidsfirst Nuffield


Kidsfirst Opawa St Martins


Kidsfirst Papanui


Kidsfirst Parklands


Kidsfirst Phillipstown


Kidsfirst Pitcairn Cres


Kidsfirst Portsmouth St


Kidsfirst Queenspark 


Kidsfirst Redwood


Kidsfirst Riccarton


Kidsfirst Richmond


Kidsfirst Rutland St


Kidsfirst Selwyn St


Kidsfirst Shirley


Kidsfirst South Brighton


Kidsfirst Sumner


Kidsfirst Sunbeam


Kidsfirst Templeton


Kidsfirst Trengrove


Kidsfirst Vickery St


Kidsfirst Wales St


Kidsfirst Wigram


Kidsfirst Woolley St




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