Excursions all around Christchurch are popular at kindergarten, with these Kidsfirst Hawthornden tamariki travelling to see the central Botanic Gardens.
Kidsfirst Hawthornden sums up the spirit of a new generation of kindergartens that were established in the 1990s, where the practices of the 1920s and 30s had given way to a more thorough understanding of the role and expectation of early childhood education in the face of a newer generation of parents and children.
In kindys like this, learning and having fun are fostered side-by-side with a holistic understanding of the needs for a robust curriculum, community involvement and practical teaching strategies for preschool children.
The needs and commitments of our children and their whānau have changed over the years and our newer kindergartens, like Kidsfirst Hawthornden, reflect that while the relationship families have with kindergarten may have changed, Kidsfirst is still, and will remain to be a focal point of many of our communities, as well as an outstanding provider of quality early childhood education.
“The tamariki are really enjoying the art in our environment. They have been inspired to paint and create by the art they can see and are even more interested in the birds they hear around our kindergarten!”
Messy play is commonplace at kindergarten – you can always clean clothes, but the fun makes for lifelong memories.