Our name says it all. We put children first.
That's because the early years are so very important.
Kei te ingoa tonu ngā kōrero katoa. Ko te tamaiti te mea nui ki a mātou. Te take i pērā ai, he mōhio ki te hira o ngā tau tuatahi.
Formerly known as the Canterbury Westland Kindergarten Association - Mo Nga Tamariki Me Nga Whanau o Waitaha Me Tai Poutini - we are one of New Zealand's largest and longest serving early childhood education providers.
We have undergone some big changes in recent years to give Kidsfirst the strong base necessary to remain a pre-eminent provider of quality early childhood education.
Our staff of more than 400 includes 100% qualified and registered early childhood teachers. It's one of the things that makes us special.
Kidsfirst has always been an innovator and we are keen to look forward, while still recognising where we have been and the special attributes that need to be protected for generations to come.
Everything Kidsfirst does is guided by its vision proposition: Teachers, Whānau, neighbourhoods - children at the heart of amazing learning.
Kidsfirst Kindergartens have a set of organisational values that provide touchstones for everything we do. It's about how we do things as much as what we do - these are values to work by, that fashion our behaviours as individuals and as an organisation.