Hargest Crescent

33 Hargest Cres, Waltham, Christchurch
8:45am to 2:45pm,
Monday to Friday.
2 years to school age

You’ll find our kindergarten down a quiet side street opposite Waltham School - just off Waltham Rd.  Behind our gate you will hear and see children aged 2 – 5 years enjoying our large and leafy outdoor space. Kidsfirst Kindergartens Hargest Crescent has a strong history of well over 100 years which is celebrated by our kindergarten community.  It's where tamariki here have the freedom to explore, connect with other children and learn through play every day.

Our teaching team

Lara Lipp
Head Teacher
Diploma of Teaching (ECE)
Higher Diploma of Teaching
Adelle Dymock
Teacher
Bachelor of Education (Teaching) EC
Andy Gibbs
Teacher
Bachelor of Teaching and Learning (ECE)
Diploma of Teaching (ECE)

All around you will see children 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.   Children can access a range of resources , and learning occurs in all spaces at the child’s pace.  Our programme has a strong focus on social competency - getting along well with others, being able to form and maintain relationships, and responding in adaptive ways in social settings. Tamariki are encouraged to be mindful and in awe of the world around them, and respectful of the environment they play and learn in.

 

Our beautiful outside area has lots of room for children  to explore and to develop their physical skills, with a variety of moveable equipment that allows children to set their own challenges, with green grass, barked areas, gardens, and equipment specially designed to support children’s physical growth and development.  Our big trees provide shelter outside in all weather, and we have peaceful, quiet areas for calm and reflection.

You're always welcome here - community and connectedness are at the heart of what we do at Kidsfirst. We value the relationships we build with our whānau/families, and look forward to making new connections. The language, culture and identity of our families are included in our early learning journey and bring richness to our programme. 

 

We have strong links with our local primary schools, which 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. 

 

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 Hargest Crescent is a wonderful place to learn!

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