A legacy in green...
the environments we enjoy at our kindergartens today owe so much to the efforts of generations who have come before.
There are trees to climb. Bountiful vegetable gardens to nurture. Striking native plants. Loads of lush nooks and places to hide and explore. Yes, our outdoor environments are wonderful spaces for children to play, discover and learn.
Visit any of our kindergartens and you’ll likely hear the children laughing and having a ball outdoors before you even open the gate.
In the early days of our long history, people talked about the benefits of fresh air and sunshine and how children needed space to run around. New kindergarten sites may have started off pretty barren, but they were soon filled with plantings, swings, slides, climbing frames and forts.The beautiful green spaces our children enjoy today really are a legacy of the teachers, parents and communities that have supported each kindergarten over the years.
They’re a testament to the people who gave up so many hours raising the money to buy plants and equipment, then put in the hard physical work digging out gardens, planting trees and constructing sandpits, decks, pathways and huts.And what a legacy they have created.
ABOVE: Rotary representatives planting trees at our one of our kindergartens.
The hard work of many years now comes together with a strong sustainability and recycling focus at many of our kindergartens. So kindy kids can get outside and enjoy a fantastically fun environment, while they continually grow their awareness about the environment.
ABOVE: Boys from the New Brighton Scout Group in 1981 with the climbing frame they constructed for our Phillipstown kindergarten, with a couple of the children trying it out..
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.
One of the big advantages Kidsfirst Kindergartens offer is the wonderful environments.
Our outdoor spaces give children so much scope to play and explore.
Without the committees, volunteers, teachers and community support of the past, many of these tree-lined gardens would not exist.