Tamariki show off their hand-made Christmas outfits at Kidsfirst Rutland Street.
It wasn’t until 1975 that male teachers were introduced into the kindergarten teaching profession. Mrs W.I Haggit, Principal of the Kindergarten Teachers College at the time said in the 1974 Annual Report…
“In 1975 Hadfield House will ring with the voices of men as well as women…”
“For Kindergarten it is truly the end of an era and the opening of a promising new one.”
It was a timely change that has brought great benefits to our kindergartens and the children. Tahu Loper, a teacher at Kidsfirst Rutland St says a little bit of Māori culture and a bit of ‘blokey’ culture is what he brings to the kindergarten.
Male teachers in early childhood education are no longer an exception and Kidsfirst has been proactive in the area from the seventies onwards.
The children, the learning, and the laughter are ever present at Kidsfirst, which hasn’t changed throughout the years.
Corn grown in the garden of Rutland Street, proudly displayed by the children, date uncertain.