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to us for
day, free! *
NOW IN FRANZ JOSEF
85A Shakespeare St, (03) 768 6024
20 Loris Place, Karoro, (03) 768 6727
77 Hall St, (03) 755 6785
Franz Josef Glacier School site, (03) 752 0202
This week, Kidsfirst Glacier Country
opened its doors to welcome some of this
region’s youngest learners into a purpose
built Early Learning Centre with the
promise of plenty of excitement, fun and a
wonderful start to their formal education.
For children in Greymouth we have two
fantastic kindergartens to inspire and
excite them in their learning. Head Teacher
Tim Eden-Calcott and his team provide a
happy, welcoming atmosphere at Kidsfirst
Greymouth while Head Teacher Alison
Huddle and the teachers at Kidsfirst Karoro
promise days filled with new adventures
and activities. Both kindergartens (and
Hokitika too) boast a distinctive character
that’s unique to the Coast.
Our Greymouth kindy has been operating
since the 1960’s, teaching generation after
generation of local kiwi kids and helping
Coming to Kidsfirst has never been easier, more convenient, or better for
your child. With NO FEES, your child can come for up to six hours per day
at no cost* - and that’s besides all the other benefits that we have to offer.
Ask someone whose child comes to Kidsfirst. Or ask to have a look around
your local kindergarten. We’re right here, in your neighbourhood and we’ve
been around for over a hundred years, teaching generations of kiwi kids like
yours. Contact your Kidsfirst about whether there are spaces available and
how NO FEES means it might not cost you anything! What a great start.
There are spaces available for children
from birth to school age in our wonderful,
brand new early learning centre.
There’s everything you expect from
Kidsfirst, but now in Glacier Country, on
the edge of the Primary School grounds
in Franz Josef.
To find out more, call and talk to our
fantastic teachers about what we can
offer you. And, with NO FEES, it may cost
you nothing at all!
and New Zealand
owned. Our focus is
the children, families
and communities we
“Our not-for-profit ethos and values base,
commitment to the highest quality
teaching and educational programme,
community links, parent connection
opportunities and ‘kiwiness’ will form the
basis of everything we do. It’s the best
of both worlds: the traditional preschool
Conceived and designed hand-in-hand with the Glacier
Country community, businesses and the local education
sector, Kidsfirst Glacier Country has been built, and will run,
with South Westland’s unique needs in mind.
Our teachers are on hand to provide your child with the care
and learning opportunities that are so very important during
these early years.
Our hours and operation have been tailored to what we
believe local parents and caregivers need from a superior
early learning service. And we bring all the hundred plus y
ears of experience and innovative leadership that has made
Kidsfirst a highly respected name in the sector.
Our new centre caters for up to 42 children a day, from six
months up to five years, with a mix of casual and permanent
enrolments. The friendly staff will be happy to tell you more.
Already, we have some very excited young people who
can’t wait to walk through our gates and see what the day
KIDSFIRST GLACIER COUNTRY EARLY LEARNING CENTRE
TWO GREAT LOCATIONS IN
FUN AND LEARNING IN
you nothing at all!
When you walk into one of our
kindergartens, you can tell that we like
to fill our spaces with questions, shapes,
colours, inspirations, ideas, opportunities,
laughter and fun. That’s especially true of
Kidsfirst Hokitika, where the team led by
Head Teacher Ceridwyn Dimmick really
embrace the concept of inspiring children.
There’s just so much going on at the
kindergarten, all the time. Of course, that’s
the Kidsfirst way. Early Childhood Learning
is so important and a well trained teacher
can create valuable learning experiences
to help your child to grow, develop and
flourish. That’s why so many children love
them to create memories (and form
friendships) that often last a lifetime.
Kidsfirst Karoro was established in the
1980’s and also has families where
mothers and fathers, grandparents and
children have all been involved with the
kindergarten, often spanning decades.
Both are proud to be firmly established in
their local communities and are really, truly
‘part of the neighbourhood’. Combined with
our not-for-profit status and commitment
to fully trained teaching staff, we know
we’re offering children and their parents
and caregivers a really excellent start to
these early years.
experience so many families still want, but
with hours and the educational programme
updated to suit today’s world,” says
Kidsfirst Chief Executive, Sherryll Wilson.
“While our core focus initially will be on
providing a foundation for life-long learning
for local families, there will be
opportunities later on to provide more
flexibility for People who are only in town
for a short time. Local businesses tell us
that access to early childhood education
for their workers is one of the gaps that
they would love to see a solution to. We
also want to support the tourism operators
by allowing enrolments on a casual basis.
So in designing Kidsfirst Glacier Country,
we have taken into consideration the
various needs of the Franz Josef
community and surrounding districts.”
* Some conditions apply. See our website for details.
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