Brynley Street Nursery & Preschool


68 Brynley Street, Hornby, Christchurch 8042

Childcare Type
Education and care centre
0 - 5

We opened the doors to Brynley Street Nursery and Preschool in October 2008 with the dream of creating a beautiful space for the youngest members of our community to be nurtured, cared for and educated.

We believe it is important for children to feel secure and valued when in our care. It is our ongoing vision to create 'The Next Best Place to Home'... home representing a place of sanctuary and comfort , a place where we can be with our family, relax, laugh, be heard and be accepted. This notion of home underpins the service we offer our families.

We feel it is important for children to engage with and explore a natural environment and to have fun while doing so. With this in mind we offer large, well considered play spaces, plenty of natural resources, large trees (attracting bird life) and an earthy colour palette throughout (to reflect our rural roots). We have organic gardens, chickens that lay eggs, rabbits & a resident cat named Franklin. Our pets are apart of our centre family.

We believe it is essential to have teachers who are warm, caring and demonstrate a passionate commitment to teaching children to be 'lifelong learners' all while fostering strong relationships with children and families. We have carefully selected our teaching team because they are able to demonstrate these qualities that are so important to our service. With this in mind we hope you feel like you have come home when you walk through our door! We warmly welcome you and your family to our service...

Our Nursery:

We are licensed for 10 children under 2 years and have two full time trained teachers, both of whom are warm, knowledgeable and passionate about giving your little one the best start to their education.

​As well as servicing the beautiful community of Hornby, Brynley Street Nursery is only a short drive (or walk) from Wigram, Hei Hei, Islington, Halswell, Prebbleton & Templeton, making it a fantastic option for families in our surrounding communities.

The basis of our teaching at Brynley Street Nursery is inspired by Magda's Gerber's RIE philosophy. This embodies the idea of respect for, and trust in the baby to be an initiator, an explorer, and a self-learner.

We offer a Nursery space for your child that is physically safe, cognitively challenging and emotionally nurturing. Your child will have plenty of time for uninterrupted play and the freedom to explore and interact with other infants and toddlers.

We celebrate and embrace the diversity of cultures of the families who attend our Nursery. You will see this diversity weaved through our curriculum.

We offer all families their first 6 weeks of care and education FREE of charge (not including settling visits which are also FREE of charge). AND we offer regular FREE Sessions* (conditions apply)*

Our Preschool

Offering a beautiful space for 25 children ages 2 to 5 years our experienced and passionate team of teachers will work alongside your child to provide learning & play experiences that will inspire in them a 'life long love of learning'.

We use your child's interests to try and stretch their learning through play. Play is so valuable! It's a child's work! It is through structured and unstructured play opportunities that children learn math (counting, grouping, objects, colour identification and classifying), literacy (recognising letters, words, which way a book should go and vocabulary extension) and science (cause and effect). Here at Brynley Street Preschool your child will have abundant opportunities to build friendships, exercise their imagination, explore their creative potential and advance on their natural strengths.

We offer 20 Hours FREE ECE for all 3, 4 & 5 year olds. We can also help you to apply for a Work & Income Subsidy (greatly reducing fees for many families).

Open 7.30am - 5.30pm Monday to Friday. Morning, afternoon and full day sessions available.

When I first started looking for a nursery and preschool the vibe and welcoming reception I received was amazing. I felt so confident in leaving my baby with you and going back to work. ~ Lisa, Mother to Kataraina

The centre's philosophy is underpinned by the Treaty of Waitangi and Te Whāriki, with a focus on relationships, whanaungatanga, manaakitanga, the use of natural resources and the environment.

The centre is licensed for 35 children, with a maximum of 10 children aged under two years. It has separate nursery and preschool areas, each with its own outdoor spaces. The mixed aged group setting for two to five year olds allows older and younger children to support each other within the programme. Staffing at the service is stable and experienced. Most of the staff are fully qualified teachers.

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.

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