Getting dressed up and putting on a concert is a great combination for tamariki, as shown in this shot from 2014.
In the seventies, kindergarten was very different to the “kindy” format that was established at the beginning of the century. Free play had replaced the very structured timetable, with compulsory rest times, and the teachers embraced a more relaxed atmosphere and working relationship with the children.
Parents were encouraged to stay and participate rather than just drop their children at the door as had been the practice for decades before.
At that time, the kindergarten is remembered fondly as being a great addition to the community and our Association.
Te Ao Māori has always been a strong characteristic of Kidsfirst Vickery Street, with common occurrences such as hangi, different means of cultural inclusion and skill building and in later years the celebration of Matariki
The environment has also always been very important and the sandpit has been a central focus of the kindergarten and a place of lots of activity over the years. And it’s certainly proved popular for more than fifty years! You just can’t beat some lawn to run on and a great sandpit.
The big backyards at kindy are places of interest and entertainment, especially when it snows and they’re covered in white! The big snow of 1996.
Much of the fun of kindy is in time spent with friends, as shown with these tamariki in an old tractor tyre in 1993.