South Brighton

39 Bridge St, South Brighton, Christchurch
Mobile: 021 721 652
8:30am to 2:30pm,
Monday to Friday.
2 years to school age

You’ll find our beachside kindergarten centrally located in South New Brighton, between the estuary and the sea.  We’re right next door to the new Community Centre, and the children here enjoy watching the comings and goings of their neighbourhood. We know our place is special – our families are proud to be part of a close and supportive community. We have many children at Kidsfirst kindergartens South Brighton who are the second or third generation of families who have lived in this area for years and were all Kindy Kids!

Our teaching team

Liz Davey
Head Teacher
Diploma of Teaching (ECE)
Mika Fukasawa
Bachelor of Teaching and Learning
Therese Matheson
Bachelor of Education
Diploma of Teaching (ECE)
Erin Kelly
Diploma of Teaching (ECE)

Kidsfirst Kindergartens South Brighton is a well-resourced kindergarten with a spacious, welcoming, and attractive and child-centred environment.  Our indoor space 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. We work towards children being able to facilitate and maintain their own play, and to develop Rangatiratanga (leadership skills).


Our beautiful big backyard has lots of opportunities for children to be involved in gardening and nature exploration. We place a strong emphasis on sustainability, caring for our wormery and our natural environment plays a large part in our daily programme – supporting the children to develop eco-awareness and to understand their role in it as Kaitiaki (guardians).

Children at Kidsfirst Kindergartens South Brighton learn to communicate and work within a group (teacher-led and independently) – showing Manaakitanga (respect and kindness) and sharing ideas and learning from each other, showing how we value every person in this place as a teacher and learner.  


Our teaching team has a strong reputation for being friendly and welcoming, and inclusive. 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, embracing the multiculturalism and diversity of our community. We love it when whānau come to visit and take part in their child’s kindergarten day, sharing their skills, knowledge, language and culture too - enriching our programme.


You'll see us out and about visiting in our local area - sometimes Te Waka Aroha or the local rest Home - supporting our tamariki to strengthen the connection they have within their local community and  exploring this magical setting as caretakers (kaitiaki) of our environment. Strong links with our local primary school help to support 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 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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