Monday to Friday.
Our teaching team
Our big backyard features a variety of different levels on our hill setting for play and learning. There is a mixture of cultivated and wild areas and areas to challenge for all age ranges and skill levels, and in mastering these physical challenges we see children’s confidence and sense of self-worth grow. Tamariki take responsibility in caring for the outdoor environment. They take part in planting and caring for the garden, help to feed the birds in the winter, and pump rain water to use in the sandpit. Every corner of our outdoor environment is constantly used as a learning and teaching tool.
A variety of natural resources are always available for children to access and to incorporate into their play. Plastic is kept to a minimum and we are committed to reusing resources whenever possible – using recycled equipment or sustainable resources. Children take part in a daily environment check to ensure the environment is safe and rubbish free.
All areas of the Kindergarten curriculum provide opportunity for children to be involved in environmental education – in, about and for the environment. We use innovative methods to teach our children about sustainable practices and becoming citizens for positive action, and children at Lyttelton Kindergarten are competent and capable guardians/kaitiaki of our unique place in Aotearoa New Zealand and ultimately the wider world.
Our team values and supports uninterrupted and sustainable play, provoking and inspiring children to develop their problem solving skills, be risk takers and strategic thinkers, confident and capable. A strong sense of Manaakitanga (caring and respect) and Whanaungatanga (family, relationships, history, traditions) are central to the culture that is Kidsfirst Kindergartens Lyttelton, and our teachers respect and acknowledge Te Tiriti o Waitangi, with te reo Māori and tikanga evident in all areas of the Kindergarten curriculum.
You're always welcome here! We see our Kindergarten as an extension of home for children and their families, where we respect one another and the world we live in. We're a “community of learners” where adults and children learn together (Ako me te Tuakana Teina) and where links between kindergarten and home are valued, and we look forward to making new connections, embracing the multiculturalism and diversity of our community.
On a Wednesday afternoon we have a Playgroup/ Whānau time for families with infants and toddlers. Please join us on Wednesdays from 12.30-2.30pm, you don’t need to be enrolled. Parents with children of any age are welcome to come along for an afternoon of fun. You can talk to our friendly, experienced teachers about what your child learns as the children play, sing, use their imaginations, start to make new friends, discover, explore, share and laugh together.
We would recommend that you enrol initially for at least two full days –building up to five days at your child's pace. This gives us, the teachers time to get to know your child and provides consistency around supporting their learning.
Nau mai, tauti mai - come in any time, we are very proud of our unique learning environment and would love to show you around. Kidsfirst Kindergartens Lyttelton is a wonderful place to learn!