Queenspark

228 Queenspark Drive, Parklands, Christchurch
8:45am to 2:45pm,
Monday to Friday.
2 years to school age

You’ll find our kindergarten right in the heart of our neighbourhood next to Queenspark School, where our children can see the world go by.  Look for the tall trees and behind them you will hear and see engaged children aged 2 – 5 years enjoying our beautiful, big backyard, busy at work alongside each other, making choices for play that engage them with the people, the places and the things of our environment and community.  Tamariki here have freedom to explore, connect with other children and learn through play.

Our teaching team

Nicola Lawson
Head Teacher
Bachelor of Teaching and Learning (ECE)
Cherie Johnson
Teacher
NZ Free Kindergarten Union Diploma
Karen Cameron
Teacher
Bachelor of Teaching and Learning (ECE)
Helena Pope
Teacher
Bachelor of Teaching and Learning (ECE)
Denise Starr
Teacher
Bachelor of Teaching (ECE)

   

When you come to Kidsfirst Queenspark there’ll be a warm welcome from our friendly tamariki and teaching team.  The inside environment is large, light and warm, beautifully decorated with many examples of our children’s wonderful learning and artwork. 

 

Our unique outside environment is a magical garden with lots of natural shade and inspiring spaces for stories, games or quiet times.  It’s a wondrous space filled with native plantings, ideal for curious learners and creative imaginations.  There’s a variety of challenging climbing and physical play equipment inviting active exploration with grass, barked areas, gardens, climbing trees, and equipment specially designed to support children’s physical growth and development.  Tamariki choose from and learn to use a range of real resources such as saws, hammers, nails, gardening equipment, spades and shovels, learning about managing risk and making safe choices for meaningful play. 

We're proud to provide a programme 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. Kaiako/teachers work together with each other, children and whānau to design a rich and responsive learning environment, thoughtfully laid out and providing areas for group interactions or individual play and learning – lead by the children’s interests.  We have a fun-loving atmosphere where there’s lots of laughter throughout the day.

 

At Kidsfirst Kindergartens Queenspark we encourage our tamariki to be self-directing, creating their own challenges and being supported to achieve these. Children are able to choose when they would like to have their Kai (food) throughout the day, and this is often enjoyed in small groups.

 

We often visit Queenspark school, spending time in the junior classrooms, and attending concerts and celebrations. The senior students from Queenspark Primary School visit twice a week to work with our children and to share their learning, and we love it when the kapa haka group comes over to perform!   Our learning experiences go beyond the Kindergarten gate, and you’ll often see us out and about on walks with the tamariki to explore the local environment.

 

You're always welcome here - community and connectedness are at the heart of what we do. Parents and whānau contribute in many ways, including discussions about their aspirations for children, spending time with us in session, sharing their knowledge, skills, language and culture with kaiako/teachers and children - enriching our programme.

 

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 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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