About Us

First Learners was started in January 2002 when owner, Linda Broekman identified a gap in the market for a preschool that uses child initiated learning where children guide the learning experience.


Linda Broekman is the owner/manager of First Learners centres. She started her career in Kindergarten after completing her training at the end of 1974 in Christchurch. She has worked in a variety of Early childhood settings including kindergarten, playcentre, community based childcare, before purchasing a centre in Rangiora in January 2002, and so began First Learners.

In January 2007, she purchased in Mairehau and then in the May of the same year, Shirley centre became a First Learners also.

With having three grown sons and three centres to run, life is very busy and never a dull moment.

Linda believes that it is essential for children to be provided with the best education and care. In order to provide this, it is vital that management, staff and parents/caregivers and whanau work together as a team. She considers a happy, friendly and positive centre environment is crucial for everyones well being.

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