Selwyn St

366 Selwyn St, Addington, Christchurch
8:30am to 2:30pm,
Monday to Friday.
2 years to school age

You’ll find us immersed the heart of the rich, vibrant and diverse Addington community, close to the local schools. We’ve been teaching and learning with local children aged 2 – 5 years in Addington for a hundred years!

Our teaching team

Yvonne Hetherton
Relieving Head Teacher
Bachelor of Teaching and Learning (ECE)
Gemma Cave
Head Teacher
Bachelor of Teaching (ECE)
Jayne Lingard
Teacher
Bachelor of Teaching (ECE)
Lisa Foraker
Teacher
Bachelor of Teaching and Learning
Robyn Young
Teacher
Bachelor of Teaching and Learning
Julie Mayes
Teacher
Bachelor of Teaching and Learning

Our freshly-renovated, character building offers the very best in 21st century learning environments - it’s a light, bright, warm and welcoming place for you and your child settle in to kindergarten life. You’ll love the big, open, child-friendly space with lots of different learning areas that foster opportunities for children to learn both individually and in groups.

 

Our beautiful, big backyard is all natural, reflecting the traditional kiwi back yard with established trees and gardens providing endless opportunities for curiosity and exploration. Green grass, barked areas, gardens, climbing trees, and equipment specially designed to support children’s physical growth and development are features.  Tamariki choose from and learn to use a range of real resources such as saws, hammers, nails, gardening equipment, spades and shovels, learning about managing risk and making safe choices. 

At Kidsfirst Kindergartens Selwyn St we follow the New Zealand early childhood curriculum “Te Whāriki”, which strengthens early learning and lays a strong foundation for later success. Our teachers plan programs and focus areas around the children, and their whānau’s aspirations for them, with tamariki encouraged to contribute to the planning process, giving them a sense of ownership and a voice.

 

Our Teaching team has a strong commitment to creating partnerships with our families and whānau. Our low group size allows us to know you and your family well, nurturing authentic and trusting relationships. Our sessions are calm and children are settled because we pace our day around the children, not the staff. 

 

You're always welcome here  - whānau and community contribute and support our daily curriculum in many ways, welcomed and valued, and belonging in the truest sense. We love it when whānau share their skills, knowledge, language and culture with us - enriching our programme.

 

We are often out and about visiting in our local area, supporting our tamariki to strengthen the connection they have within their local community.  You’ll see us visiting our “grand-friends” at the local rest home, performing at local funfairs, or out on one of our regular school visits. At Kidsfirst Kindergartens Selwyn Street your child will learn to ask questions about their world, helping them to make sense of it.

 

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 our teachers time to get to know your child and gives some consistency around supporting their learning.  

 

Nau mai, tauti mai - come in and see us any time!

 

From time to time we have special offers, to enable more children to come to our not-for-profit, community kindergarten. But hurry, spaces are limited and these offers only apply for a limited time. Conditions apply.
 
 
 
 
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