Kindergarten is in our blood.
Above: Cindy Snelson, Stephanie Olliver and Chief Executive Sherryll Wilson.
When a student teacher started at Kidsfirst Parklands, Head Teacher Cindy Snelson looked twice. Could that be one of the first children she worked with at MacFarlane Park Kindergarten many years ago? Stephanie Olliver, now also a teacher with Kidsfirst, is shown reminiscing with Cindy and Chief Executive Sherryll Wilson at the 100 years lunch above.
That's always been a huge part of the Kidsfirst organisation - the sense of community and whānau that's been threaded through the kindergartens since the early days. Many of our kindergartens have generations of kindy kids, teachers, parents and grandparents who have all come through the organisation at some stage or another so that stories like the one above are common place.
"You're down at the supermarket," says Hilary Waller, Head Teacher at Edmonds Smith St, "and its 'Oh Hilary, do you remember me?' And I'm thinking, I should, I should, I should. But here's this seventeen year old girl looking fabulous and I had her at kindergarten and I'm supposed to know who she is!"
It comes back to kindergarten's essential place in the community. It's a hub for the community, where people come together at all different stages of life. There is something truly unique about kindergarten. It's something that has lasted generations, as something that New Zealand families do.
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 used 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.