Portsmouth St

36 Portsmouth St, Aranui, Christchurch
8:30am to 2:30pm,
Monday to Friday.
2 years to school age

You’ll find our kindergarten right in the heart of our neighbourhood in Portsmouth Street, which runs between Wainoni Road and Hampshire street. We are nestled in between the Plunket rooms and the Salvation Army. Look for our beautiful big willow tree in the front yard, and you’ll be drawn in by our large, peaceful, natural environment, our diversity, our focus on community, Te Ao Māori and bicultural practice. Playfulness, adventure, creativity and exploration are valued ways of being at Kidsfirst Kindergartens Portsmouth Street – learning is fun! 

Our teaching team

Leigh Downie
Head Teacher
Advanced Diploma of Teaching
Diploma of Teaching (ECE)
Kate Croat
Teacher
Bachelor of Teaching and Learning
Diploma of Teaching (ECE)
Janine Rich
Teacher
Bachelor of Teaching and Learning
Jaimee Bourke
Teacher
Diploma of Teaching and Learning (ECE)

Inside our kindergarten is light and warm, set up to provide areas for group interactions or individual play and learning.  We encourage our tamariki to be self-directing, creating their own challenges and being supported to achieve these, and their learning is proudly displayed on our walls. The children here are friendly and happy, and the programme is exciting, interesting and extends the children’s thinking, learning and communication skills.

 

Outside at Kidsfirst Portsmouth Street we have an enormous, leafy, big backyard complete with a beautiful mural - 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 and equipment specially designed to support children’s physical growth and development.  There’s space for running, jumping, climbing, swinging and exploring as well as peaceful places to connect with nature, and make sense of our natural world.

We're proud to provide a programme for children aged 2 – 5 years 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. The first thing you’ll see and feel here is that all of our tamariki are engaged in activities and the session is calm and settled. We believe in children taking responsibility for their actions and helping their friends in a kind and thoughtful manner.

 

Being a contributing part of our community is hugely important to us, and every year we look forward to taking part in Affirm - the big community day organised by ACTIS in December.   

 

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 share their skills and experiences, languages and cultures - all enriching our programme.

 

We have a commitment to giving back to our families, paying forward donations of food, vegetables, bread, clothing, bedding and toys. We have a freezer, given to us by a community group, which is full of food to help out.

 

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!

 

From time to time we have special offers, to enable more children to come to our not-for-profit, community kindergarten. But hurry, spaces are limited and these offers only apply for a limited time. Conditions apply.
 
 
 
 
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