Ōpāwa St Martins

8 Butler St, Ōpāwa, Christchurch
8:30am to 2:30pm,
Monday to Friday.
2 years to school age

You will find our kindergarten on the edge of Hansen’s Park, a stone’s throw away from the Ōpāwaho river, which loops around the Ōpāwa community nestled at the foot of the Port Hills.  We have a long standing reputation of providing quality care and education in the Ōpāwa St Martins community, where generations of families return because of the happy and fun-filled times experienced at kindergarten.

Our teaching team

Raylene Tranter
Head Teacher
Bachelor of Teaching and Learning
Sonia Ross
Teacher
Bachelor of Education
Diploma of Teaching (ECE)
Anna Ellis
Teacher
Bachelor of Teaching and Learning (ECE)

You'll love our unique setting and our natural and spacious landscaped grounds that look out to the Port Hills offering a special connection to the natural environment. Tamariki are able to participate in challenging and physically active play with an array of creative and sensory experiences amongst native tress and gardens.

 

Inside, we have an open, expansive and inspiring learning environment which enhances and encourages collaborative ways of working for our learners, aged 2 – 5 years and  provides lots of opportunities to try new things, inspire curiosity and develop creativity through play. We work to provide an atmosphere full of fun in an environment that gives our children independence and sense of belonging.

Our teaching team work from a set of values that promote a love of learning, passion and wonderment, where your child’s imagination is  nurtured, building on their interests, skills and abilities, and where every person in our kindergarten is valued as a teacher and learner.   

 

Kidsfirst Kindergartens Ōpāwa St Martins is a member of the Enviroschools programme, educating children, parents and whānau about the environment and our place and responsibilities within it.  We use innovative methods to teach our children about sustainable practices and becoming citizens for positive action.

 

You're always welcome here, and you and your whānau will be warmly welcomed by our experienced team of kaiako (teachers) who work in close partnership with families to promote your child’s learning and development. We love it when whanau come to celebrate their language, culture and identity, bringing a richness to our programme.

 

Our experiences go beyond the Kindergarten gate - we regularly go on adventures in our local community and have an established Bush Kindergarten programme which focuses on supporting children to challenge themselves, work with others and develop leadership skills while also placing an emphasis on risk taking, self- management and confidence. Mt Vernon is a great natural setting to visit, where our children climb trees, mud slide, explore caves and make their own fun.

We have close partnerships with the local schools with regular visits both at the school and from new entrant teachers to the kindergarten, supporting the transition to school for you and your child.

 

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!

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