These sorts of images give us a unique look back into a kindergarten day at Queenspark, as well as some of the fashions of the time!
What is most notable in this shot is how different our outdoor areas are today. The equipment and landscaping in all of our kindergartens have developed much beyond the somewhat bare environments we started off with.
But all the happy ‘little people’ in this photo, show that outdoor areas have always been right at the centre of the Kidsfirst philosophy regardless of their trappings.
Even before advancing technology saw creative climbing apparatus and innovative swing sets in our kindergartens, our Association has always emphasised the benefits to early childhood development by encouraging play and learning in natural, open spaces.
In 1942, President Rene Wilkie, had a message that still rings true today…
“Play and scope for play are essential.”
Kidsfirst Queenspark whānau gather for a showcase exhibition of tamariki’s art.
Tamariki preparing for the Queenspark wheel-a-thon.