It’s not always easy to make the decision about whether daycare, childcare, preschool, kindergarten or something else is right for your child.
There are so many choices, and within each type of early childhood education, so many options. Ultimately, it’s about what you believe is best in terms of educational philosophy, and what you feel is right for your whānau and family.
Kidsfirst is one of New Zealand’s longest standing early childhood education organisations, and along with dozens of other kindergarten associations across the country, we’ve been giving children a great start to their formal education for over 100 years.
Along with tens of thousands of families, we believe kindergarten provides the right foundations for life-long learning and so much more. Families choose Kidsfirst for our holistic approach to children and education.
Our focus is as much on social and emotional development as it is on what people might see as teaching and learning. Our skilled and experienced teaching teams are committed to supporting each child to gain the ability to work, learn, and get along with others while being in a caring, stable and happy environment. Time spent at Kidsfirst Kindergartens will help to spark and focus your child’s curiosity and natural love of learning.
Our ‘learning through play’ philosophy and small class sizes mean that the programme is customised for each individual, and learning happens at the pace of your child. We believe learning happens best when children are excited by, and engaged with, their environment, peers and other adults. Children also thrive when they have the opportunity to test their ideas and skills - guided by trained, experienced teachers.
Kindergarten’s traditional role as the stepping stone to school remains as important as ever.
While children once needed to wait until three and a half to attend kindergarten, families can now enjoy all the benefits of kindergarten from two years of age. We recognise the value of kindergarten for 2-3 year olds, so we offer 20 Free Hours to them, too.
There are so many reasons why kindergarten - and Kidsfirst - are just
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