121 Northcote Rd, Papanui, Christchurch
Mobile: 027 550 8404
8:30am to 2:30pm,
Monday to Friday.
2 years to school age

You’ll find our kindergarten on Northcote Road beside the beautiful Craighead Reserve. We have ample parking at both entrances - on Northcote Road and at the end of La Perouse Place.  We're proud to provide a programme for children aged 2 – 5 years where we foster a strong sense of belonging by encouraging children to show Manaakitanga - caring for each other, and Kaitiakitanga -  by caring for our environment. We encourage our tamariki to be self-directing, creating their own challenges and being supported to achieve their goals.

Our teaching team

Phillipa Stephens
Head Teacher
Bachelor of Teaching and Learning (ECE)
Helen O'Connell
Diploma of Teaching (ECE)
Cath King
Diploma of Teaching (ECE)


Inside, Kidsfirst Kindergartens Northcote is calm, warm and welcoming, with a homelike feel where tamariki can access a range of resources that are carefully and intentionally presented to evoke curiosity, thinking and exploration.   This is an environment supportive of the mana, wairua and mauri our tamariki bring when they come to us. Tamariki are encouraged to be mindful and in awe of the world around them, and respectful of the environment they play and learn in.


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, grass and trees, barked areas, gardens, and equipment specially designed to support children’s physical growth and development.  Our big trees provide shelter outside in all weather, and we have peaceful, quiet areas for calm and reflection.

You're always welcome here -  community and connectedness are at the heart of what we do. We value the relationships we build with our whānau/families, and look forward to making new connections.  We love it when whānau and community are involved at our kindergarten, sharing their skills, interests, languages and cultures - enriching our programme.


You’ll often see us out and about in our community, using the opportunity to help our tamariki make connections the wider community, and supporting them to make sense of their place in it.  We have strong links with our local primary school, 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 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 Northcote is a wonderful place to learn!

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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