Edmonds Smith Street

21 Smith St, Woolston, Christchurch
8:30am to 2:30pm,
Monday to Friday.
2 years to school age

You’ll find our Kindergarten at 21 Smith Street- just off Ferry Road. We're in a quiet street, right around the corner from our local schools. We’ve been part of this neighbourhood since the 1950s, and our families, past and present, are a hugely important part of our kindergarten life. 

Our teaching team

Hilary Waller
Head Teacher
NZ Free Kindergarten Union Diploma
Ursula Salzer
Teacher
Bachelor of Teaching and Learning (ECE)
Teena Warren
Teacher
Bachelor of Education (Teaching) EC
Sarah Yallop
Teacher
Graduate Diploma of Teaching (ECE)
Jane Spiers
Teacher
Graduate Diploma of Teaching and Learning (ECE)
Zdenka Reading
Teacher
Bachelor of Teaching and Learning

 

When you come to Kidsfirst Edmonds Smith St 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.  At Edmonds Smith St, children aged 2 – 5 years have a balance of predictable routine and free play experiences.

 

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. 

 

Green grass, barked areas, gardens, climbing trees, and equipment specially designed to support children’s physical growth and development are features.  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. 

Tamariki feel comfortable and secure here- this is “their place”.   We offer a great range of educational resources and defined play areas making it a great environment in which to play, learn and have fun. Our education programme reflects and values the rich cultural diversity of our community, encouraging children to build their self-confidence, develop their own interests and explore a broad range of learning experiences - laying a strong foundation for lifelong learning.

 

You're always welcome here!  Community and connectedness are at the heart of what we do. At Kidsfirst  whānau/ families  are included along our early learning journey, and share their languages, cultures, ideas and stories from home, bringing a richness to our programme.  Our Kindergarten is very much a hub for our community, where families make connections which last long after their children have gone to school.  

 

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.

 

The commitment from our team is to enrich children’s lives in a caring, inclusive and respectful environment.  The values of trust, honesty, respect and responsibility are woven throughout our programme, and the close relationships which our teachers develop with parents and families contribute greatly to each child's learning.

 

We would recommend that you enrol initially for at least three full days –building up to five days at your child's pace.  This gives our teachers time to get to know your child and build a relationship, and gives consistency in supporting their learning.

 

nau mai, tauti mai - come in any time – we’ll show you around and make you welcome!

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