You’ll find our kindergarten next to Macfarlane Park in Mairehau, nestled between the Shirley hub/cafe and Macfarlane Park community centre – right in the heart of our community.
Ngā kaiako (teachers) here at Kidsfirst Kindergartens McFarlane Park are responsive to the interests, strengths and capabilities of all children aged 2 – 5 years, fostering supportive and inclusive relationships to help and support our tamariki succeed with their learning. Here, children are celebrated and affirmed for who they are and what they bring to their learning.
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Our skilled and experienced teaching team is proud to provide a programme where we foster a strong sense of belonging by encouraging children to show Manaakitanga - caring for each other, and Kaitiakitanga - caring for our environment. We encourage our tamariki to be self-directing, creating their own challenges and being supported to achieve these. We give things a go at kindergarten because there is a big world to discover.
Te Ao Māori is seen and felt in all aspects of our kindergarten programme. Our teachers place a strong focus on fostering a sense of Whanaungatanga (family, relationships, history, traditions) and Ūkaipōtanga (belonging and connection) - warmly welcoming and supporting children, parents and whānau. We value our parents’ voice, views and contributions to their children’s learning at the kindergarten.
You're always welcome here! At McFarlane Park Kindergarten we have strong connections with our families, and whānau are always welcome to have a cup of tea, come and play and spend time with their tamariki. We feel very lucky that we have whānau and visitors who regularly spend time with us to bake, read, bike, create and share their knowledge and skills - all enriching our programme.
We have many community events and celebrations - knowing and caring for people in our community is important to us and they in return care for us and our kindergarten. You’ll often see us out and about in our hi-vis vests, exploring our community and helping the children to make sense of their place in it.
We would recommend that you enrol initially for at least two full days – building up to five days at your child's pace. This gives our teachers time to get to know your child and gives consistency around supporting their learning.
The Education Review Office | Te Tari Arotake Mātauranga (ERO) is the New Zealand government’s external evaluation agency. It evaluates and report on the education and care of learners in schools, kura, kohanga reo, puna reo, and early childhood services.