How things have changed.
Pitcairn Crescent Kindergarten opened on the 20th of April 1955.
At the time of our centenary celebrations, Kidsfirst Pitcairn Crescent Head Teacher Christine Nicoll, recalled how she started teaching in 1973.
“There are some very big differences in teaching, because we now look at things from a post-modernist view. This view is that a child learns from multiple sources, including family, culture, peers and other wider issues that affect them. Learning doesn’t just come from a teacher. Previously we presumed as a teacher, we had all the knowledge and had to provide activities that the children would learn from."
Christine (seen in the photo above) notices how there's been a big change of thinking in terms of early childhood education, over the years.
But even through certain changes, Christine says there are things about Kidsfirst that have been constant over the last 100 years.
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 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.