Frankton

13 Robertson Street, Frankton, Queenstown
8:30am to 2:30pm,
Monday to Friday.
2 years to school age

You’ll find us at the base of the Remarkable Mountains, in the heart of the Frankton community.  Kidsfirst Kindergartens Frankton is situated down a quiet cul-de-sac with ample parking, overlooking the Kawarau River and across to Lake Wakatipu.  We’re so lucky to have panoramic mountain views and a natural, changing landscape to inspire our children’s imagination and learning every day! 

Our teaching team

Diana Holden
Head Teacher
Diploma of Teaching
Shona Macpherson
Teacher
Higher Diploma of Teaching
Heather Aird-Lewis
Teacher
Bachelor of Education
Diploma of Teaching (ECE)
Alice Gallaway
Teacher
Bachelor of Arts
Diploma of Teaching (ECE)
NZ Free Kindergarten Union Diploma
Fiona Wallen
Teacher
Graduate Diploma of Teaching (ECE)

Our spacious, modern, purpose-built kindergarten features a large covered deck so we can play outside in all weathers.  Inside, Frankton is a light-filled, stimulating play space that is richly resourced  with teaching and learning materials to support child-initiated learning.   It caters for quiet learning spaces as well as large group times for our tamariki.

 

Outside, our big back yard gives tamariki lots of opportunities to explore, be curious and discover through the natural world. Green grass, barked areas, gardens, areas to experience physical challenges such as climbing trees, and equipment specially designed to support children’s physical growth and development are features. Tamariki at Frankton Kindergarten 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. 

Our diverse team of qualified kaiako (teachers) provide a programme which is responsive to children’s strengths, interests and challenges, and the rich cultural diversity of the kindergarten community is valued and celebrated here through daily happenings. Children aged 2 – 5 years at Kidsfirst Frankton drive their own learning and take responsibility for making their own choices in free play. The children create their own challenges and are supported to achieve their goals.  Manaakitanga and relationships are the foundation of our philosophy and we strive for every child to be happy and healthy during their learning journey. 

 

You're always welcome here! Whānau involvement in children’s learning and developing is important to us, building strong links between home and kindergarten to support children’s learning.  From discussions about their aspirations for children and spending time with us in session, to sharing their knowledge and strengths with kaiako/teachers and children, the language, culture and identity of our families is highly respected and valued -  and included in our early learning journey.

 

We have strong links with our local primary schools and value  the Tuakana-Teina opportunities when their Leadership Programme visits weekly. Building strong ties  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 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 are very proud of our unique learning environment and would love to show you around.  Kidsfirst Kindergartens Frankton is a wonderful place to learn!

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