Adapting and growing 100 years on.
King St Kindergarten opened on the 11th of February 1963 and like our Association as a whole, has undergone some challenging times.
The photograph above shows a street march to support kindy
and represents some of the turbulent times that kindergarten has
The 1980s saw a raft of changes to the kindergarten structure. In 1991 there was the Early Childhood Funding Review and in 1997 the "Day of Mourning" took place around the country, over the introduction of bulk funding.
Throughout our more than 100 year history, our Association has been faced with social and political changes that have hit right at the heart of our work. Our ability to be flexible, adapt and continue to serve the communities that make our Association strong, is what has kept us going for more than 100 years.
"It is important that all those involved in kindergarten - teachers, parents, committees and the Association are vigilant in remaining aware of political and societal influences on policy in Early Childhood. What is needed is a continuing appraisal of the importance of parenting, and sustained efforts for the appropriate care and education of children in a changing society."
Carol Eggleston - K4 Senior Teacher, 1994 Annual Report.
Here are some of our photos from days gone past. Simply click on them to see a larger image and scroll through the gallery or watch the slideshow...
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.