Learning at the pace of the child
Kidsfirst is bigger and smaller in all the right ways. Our network of around 70 not-for-profit kindergartens across Canterbury, the West Coast and Central Otago is large and established enough to ensure that our teaching teams are well-resourced, have access to exceptional professional leadership and ongoing development. We have some of the biggest backyards around – providing lots of space for children to move, explore, connect and explore the world around them.
But we’re small where it matters. Group sizes are limited to ensure that every child is seen as an individual, and kaiako can make the most of every learning opportunity. We get to know tamariki and families better so we can pace each child’s programme to suit their interests, their developmental stage, and take into account whatever else is happening in their busy little lives. Learning Stories keep families up to date with children’s growing interests and development and create memories to cherish for years to come.
At Kidsfirst, we celebrate differences. Every opportunity is taken to celebrate the many cultures and traditions that are so important to individual kindergarten communities.
Through a tailored programme of learning and interactions with others, tamariki grow their capacity to navigate emotional and social challenges. Empathy, responsibility, creativity, resilience and tolerance are all well practiced at kindergarten.
Our goal is for your child to be a confident learner and to love learning, be a good communicator, have a sense of belonging and feel they make a contribution to the kindergarten they are part of and to their wider world. At Kidsfirst, it’s not just what they learn – it’s how they learn.
To see for yourself and discover the other ways Kidsfirst is #betterbecause, book a tour of your local kindergarten.