6 Isleworth Rd, Bishopdale, Christchurch
8:30am to 2:30pm,
Monday to Friday.
2 years to school age

Kidsfirst Kindergarten Isleworth Road is located in the heart of Bishopdale, right across the road from Isleworth school. Surrounded by residential housing we are the hidden gem of Bishopdale. Our long driveway leads to a large, child-friendly learning environment where children aged 2 – 5 years can explore, follow their learning interests and develop friendly and supportive relationships with one another.

Our teaching team

Tania Batley
Head Teacher
Graduate Diploma of Teaching (ECE)
Justine Fogarty
Bachelor of Teaching and Learning (ECE)
Charlotte Besley
Bachelor of Education (Teaching) EC
Justine Fogarty
On Leave
Bachelor of Teaching and Learning (ECE)

Our spacious outdoor environment is all natural, reflecting the traditional kiwi back yard with established trees and gardens providing endless opportunities for curiosity and exploration – learning through nature! We provide an open, expansive and inspiring learning environment indoors, promoting collaborative ways of working for our learners.

Our kindergarten programme is child-led. Our teachers plan programs and focus areas around the children, and their whānau’s aspirations for them. Our tamariki are encouraged to contribute to the planning process, giving them a sense of ownership and a voice.


Our teaching team supports and extends children’s learning interests and strengths, with resources designed specifically for early learning. We embrace the bicultural heritage of Aotearoa/ New Zealand and work alongside our community to provide a place where children can explore, create, solve problems, and learn to persist and not give up, developing the confidence and skills to support them as lifelong learners, asking questions about their world, and making sense of their place in it.  


You're always welcome here! We acknowledge and value every person in our kindergarten as a teacher and learner, and families and whānau are encouraged to be actively involved in our programme - spending time with their child to experience their learning first-hand and sharing their knowledge, skills, expertise and culture with us to extend our children’s’ world view.  


We work closely with our local schools, developing relationships which support you and your child as you transition to school.  Every week we visit with the new entrant class at Isleworth school.


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 any time, we’ll show you around and make you welcome!


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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