Kidsfirst Kaiapoi North kindergarten community welcomed Hon Dr Nick Smith, New Zealand’s former Minister for Building and Construction, and former Waimakariri Mayor, David Ayers, to help children plant a brand new tree in the Kaiapoi Domain.
Kidsfirst Kaiapoi North is a great example of one of our more rural kindergartens. Being based in the country, there are a few different attitudes or practices from those centres in Christchurch city, but regardless of the location, the fundamentals of kindergarten teaching remain the same.
Those fundamentals come back to the ‘little people’ who are quite literally at the heart of our organisation. Whether it’s in Christchurch, in Kaiapoi, in 1911 or 2013, Kidsfirst and our fully qualified staff are determined to do what is best for each child’s development and learning.
One way Kidsfirst Kaiapoi North has shown this commitment is through their creativity and innovation in the playground. See the photo below of the row boat situated in the kindergarten’s outdoor area. The project was a labour of love by many of the kindergarten staff, children and wider community and has moved with them through their relocation.
It’s projects like this that show the difference of fully qualified and dedicated, enthusiastic teaching staff that Kidsfirst so proudly calls for.
Tamariki and kaiako from Charles Street kindergarten pose for a class photo in 1967.
Climbing trees is always a favourite of kindergarten tamariki, and Kaiapoi North’s nearby domain offered exciting excursions.