Keeping Kindy Safe

For more than 100 years, kindergarten has been a safe place for tamariki to learn, explore, and make friends. It’s always been a safe place for whānau, too. 

In these uncertain and changing times, it’s comforting to know that our experienced teaching teams, backed by strong management, systems, processes, and policies have safety top of mind. Keeping Kindy Safe is our first priority, because tamariki learn and grow best in spaces that give them enough room to explore, play, and connect freely, no matter what is going on in the world around them.

Being Kindy Safe means that, from time to time, we will have new protocols and policies in place. It’s all part of living with COVID but making sure life goes on for our youngest learners. 

If you have any questions or concerns, don’t hesitate to talk with your head teacher. Whether you’re exploring kindergarten to see if it is right for your whānau, just starting your kindy journey or have been with us a while, 

Stay up to date with our latest COVID news by following our Facebook page, and subscribe to kidsfirstupdate.org for more information about Kidsfirst’s COVID response and what we’re doing to keep everyone Kindy Safe.

Kidsfirst’s Big Backyards are the perfect space for tamariki to play, explore and learn, no matter what is going on in the world outside. Our kaiako love them, too – and make sure tamariki get plenty of opportunities to get out and have fun all year round.

Kindy age tamariki are full of questions, and when it comes to COVID, they can be tricky to answer. Our kaiako help tamariki make sense of the world around them, and have some great wisdom to share about how they explain the pandemic in pragmatic, age appropriate ways. 

Kindergarten has been a mainstay of early childhood education for more than 100 years, and no matter what’s going on out there, we are always there for tamariki and whānau. Sometimes that means moving the connection and learning online, but so long as it’s safe for us to be together face-to-face, we’re there! Our Kindy Safe measures are there to reduce the risks for everybody – you can learn more about the policies, processes and protocols we have in place at our COVID Update Site.

They say it takes a village to raise a child, and with a world as complex as it is, that’s never been truer. Our not-for-profit kindergartens have been connecting whānau, tamariki and communities through good times and bad for more than a century now, and we are proud to be an integral part of the neighbourhoods we serve.

Getting back to kindy when COVID is in the community can be scary – but it’s so important to keep tamariki in their normal routines whenever we can. Kidsfirst’s Kindy Safe measures are there to reduce the risks for everybody – you can learn more about the policies, processes and protocols we have in place at our COVID Update site, and be sure to talk with your teaching team if you have any concerns.

It’s a scary and uncertain world sometimes, but being part of the Kidsfirst Whānau means you’re never alone. No two families are the same, which is why we keep our group sizes small and our teaching teams work hard to get to know everybody’s individual needs. If you’re worried about COVID or anything else that’s going on, don’t hesitate to talk with your teaching team – they’re always happy to listen and help where they can.