Monday to Friday.
Our teaching team
We treasure our kindergarten environment. We present it with care and respect for Papatuānūku (Mother Earth) for this tells tamariki that this kindergarten is valued, that their work is valued, and that their community sees this is as a very special place. Our kindergarten is open, warm and light-filled with spaces for quiet, creative and imaginative play. Outside, our big backyard is filled with established trees and gardens, a mud kitchen, sandpit, and equipment specially designed to support children’s exploration, physical growth and development.
At Kidsfirst Papanui, our core curriculum values are whanaungatanga (relationships), social competency, creativity, curiosity, risk-taking, rangatiratanga (leadership), ako (learning and teaching), and kindness. Our teaching team is experienced and motivated, our focus and commitment is for each child to love learning and reach their personal best.
You're always welcome here! We support and encourage whānau involvement as much as each individual family is able to give, and we love it when whānau come in to share their skills, interests, languages and cultures - enriching our programme.
You’ll often see us out about in our environment in our ‘high vis vests’, exploring our community and visiting our local park to see the changing seasons. We also have strong relationships with the local schools, helping you and your child when the time comes to make the transition to 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!