Funding for the future.
The image of the letter above, dated June 1970, shows that Redwood Kindergarten was officially recognised by the Minister of Education as of the 24th of February 1970.
This meant the kindergarten was eligible for the Government grant and subsidies of the day.
Funding has been an ongoing challenge for our kindergartens over the last 100 years but it's a challenge that we have consistently adapted to. Whether it's the reintroduction of the Government's Capitation Grant in 1935 or Kidsfirst's own initiative to offer free kindergarten hours to families, we have always found a way to do what's best for our children and their whānau.
"The hope of the nation lies in its children."
E. A Peppler
Acting President 1920/21
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.