Here's a glimpse into just some of what's been happening... 







Tamariki at Kidsfirst Papanui have shown a real flair for the performing arts thanks to Wednesday drama sessions led by trained kindergarten teacher and opera singer, Phillipa Pink. 


Kidsfirst Sunbeam visited the cherry blossom trees at the Halswell Quarry, as part of celebrating their friendship with Asahi kindergarten, in Kurashiki, Japan. 






 Our teachers/kaiako are one of our biggest strengths. We hugely value the expertise, hard work and enthusiasm they bring to every kindergarten day.  

Our kindergartens are spread near and far, providing quality early childhood education to thousands of children from all sectors of our society and a myriad of different cultures.







The Styx Mill Conservation Reserve is a hidden gem and a fantastic local natural environment for the tamariki of Kidsfirst Belfast to explore.


The fresh grass, the flutter of butterflies, the first green flush of leaves on trees - a new season has arrived! Here's some ways to come out of winter with a spring in your step.







Part of being a sustainable organisation is teaching children/tamariki the importance of looking after our environment now and for future generations. 


We embrace our unique bicultural heritage at kindergarten. From the use of te reo, to celebrating Matariki, to exploring Māori myths and legends, it's proudly woven into everything we do.


Spring brings new appreciation for the beauty of nature. And as our spacious kindergarten big backyards burst back to life, there are great opportunities for fresh, new learning.


The diversity of families across the Kidsfirst network is incredible and we embrace the many different ways to celebrate unique cultural traditions at kindergarten. 


Penny the Penguin's adventures helped Kidsfirst Alexandra learn more about the importance of making good choices, as part of BNZ's Closed for Good annual day of volunteering.


Kidsfirst The Bays have embraced the opportunity to make new connections with their neighbour, the Mt Pleasant Community Centre.






We understand the importance of encouraging as many different opportunities as we can for children to learn alongside and interact with, positive male role models at kindergarten. 


At Kidsfirst Kindergartens, we're proud to have a number of qualified, experienced male teachers who bring diversity, a different set of skills and a fantastic vibe to early childhood education.

 Matariki, the Māori New Year, is a time to celebrate new beginnings, acknowledge the past and look to the future. 

Tongan Language Week / Uike Kātoanga’i ‘o e Lea Faka-Tonga is held every year during September. See how our Tongan immersion early learning centre Kidsfirst Niu celebrated.

 Kindergarten is the place where many young children, parents, caregivers and extended families connect on a daily basis. There’s often lots of continued connections through the generations too. 

Cooking together at kindergarten and home brings lots of opportunities for positive new learning and fun, as well as encouraging healthy eating.



Interaction with animals at kindergarten brings many enriching learning opportunities and helps tamariki foster a sense of responsibility and respect for other living things.


It’s a special time for tamariki at Kidsfirst Selwyn Street when their lovely grandfriends from the local Bishop Selwyn Retirement Village visit to share waiata, stories and kai.







We work closely with parents, whānau and our wider community to broaden childrens’ horizons and expand our neighbourhood connections.


Kidsfirst Belfast celebrated their 25th anniversary with a special card and took a walk down memory lane with a photo from the archives.







Kidsfirst Avonhead held a disco and cake auction community fundraiser. What a great way to get community involved, do something worthwhile and have a good time in the process.

 At the Open Day for our brand new purpose built kindergarten, Kidsfirst The Bays, children made a beeline for the inviting new sandpit. And who wouldn’t!  
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