Avonhead

49 Staveley St, Avonhead, Christchurch
8:30am to 2:30pm,
Monday to Friday.
2 years to school age

You’ll find us next to the Staveley Reserve in the heart of the Avonhead community – look for our beautiful big playground! 

Our teaching team

Andrea Sullivan
Head Teacher
Bachelor of Teaching and Learning (ECE)
Shannon Churchill
Teacher
Bachelor of Teaching and Learning
Cathy Tunnicliffe
Teacher
Bachelor of Teaching and Learning
Sarah Donald
Teacher
Bachelor of Teaching and Learning (ECE)
Jane Dorgan
Teacher
Bachelor of Education
Diploma of Teaching (ECE)

Behind our gate you will hear and see engaged children enjoying our large and leafy outdoor space.  Tamariki here have freedom to explore, connect with other children and learn through play.  Visitors often comment on the calm, relaxed yet busy place they see as they come into the kindergarten, with children at work alongside each other, and making choices for play that engage them with the people, the places and the things of our environment and community. 

 

Our beautiful, big backyard has lots of room for children to explore and to develop their physical skills, with a variety of moveable equipment that allows children to set their own challenges. Green grass, barked areas, gardens, areas to experience physical challenges such as climbing trees, and equipment specially designed to support children’s physical growth and development are features.  Our big trees provide shelter outside in all weather, and we have peaceful, quiet areas for calm and reflection.

 

 

Kidsfirst Kindergartens Avonhead is a well-resourced kindergarten with a spacious, welcoming, and attractive and child-centred environment for children aged 2 – 5 years - with lots of opportunities to try new things, inspire curiosity and develop creativity through play. It's an atmosphere full of fun that gives our children independence and a sense of belonging. Play is essential to learning and development in our tamariki, and our programme is based on exploration, inquiry, creativity, and a strong focus on sustainability.   Children have the opportunity to care and learn about the natural environment and the living world through exploration, curiosity and hand-on experiences. 

 

Ngā kaiako (teachers) here at Kidsfirst Kindergartens Avonhead are responsive to the interests, strengths and capabilities of all children. We get to know our children and their whānau well, and those relationships help  our tamariki to succeed with their learning. Here, children are  celebrated and affirmed for who they are and what they bring to their learning, and we recognise and respond to a child’s individual interests. 

 

You are always welcome here!  Community and connectedness is  at the heart of what we do. We  look forward to making new connections, embracing the wonderful diversity of our community. with the languages and  cultures of our families included in our early learning journey. Whānau are encouraged to be involved at our kindergarten in whatever way suits – through a helpful hand now and then, or by just joining us for a part of our day.

 

You’ll often see us out and about in our community, using the opportunity to help our tamariki make connections  in the wider community, and supporting them to make sense of their place in it.  We have strong links with our local primary schools, which supports the transition to school for you and your child, as he/she moves on from Kindergarten.

 

We would recommend that you enrol initially for at least two full days – building up to five days.  This gives our teachers time to get to know your child and gives consistency around supporting their learning. 

 

Nau mai, Tauti mai -come in any time – we’ll show you around and make you welcome!

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