Buttercups Preschool


109 Centaurus Road, Huntsbury, Christchurch

Childcare Type
Education and care centre

Welcome to Buttercups Huntsbury Preschool

We are a new, purpose-built facility, situated at 109 Centaurus Road, in Huntsbury, Christchurch. We cater for thirty children, where our passion is to provide a warm, nurturing environment for children between two to five years of age. Buttercups Huntsbury Preschool is a family-owned and operated early childhood service located in a newly built, safe and secure, (fully monitored) facility in Huntsbury, Christchurch. We value and demonstrate commitment to te tiriti o Waitangi.

Our Space

Our Huntsbury facilities provide children with everything they need to prosper. An open plan, spacious main classroom with adjoining deck space for seamless indoor/outdoor flow. A large sandpit and natural environment with a simplistic design so that a variety of resources can be used. We value free play for the children, so our teachers ensure that the learning environment is inviting and encourages freedom of choice.

  • Bright classrooms
  • Outdoor garden
  • Large sandpit
  • Indoor play areas
  • Full library
  • Parking onsite


Our Huntsbury pre school is a beautiful modern and purpose built facility for your children to enjoy. It has been designed to have an inviting 'homely' feel so your children feel welcome and at ease in their learning environment.” We believe in offering outstanding ratios of educators to children, so that a sense of belonging and wellbeing is evident. We are passionate about quality relationships and communication, building social competence and meeting the individual needs of each child.

Our Approach

We are a family-owned and operated early childhood service, we believe in providing a caring and supportive environment to enhance a child’s learning, through awareness and understanding of individual needs. We provide high-quality education and care for 0 - 5 year-olds, within a welcoming environment. We bring a sense of home life to centre life.

Our emphasis is on respectful, reciprocal relationships with whānau, caregivers, children and staff

Open communication is of most importance and we encourage family to be as involved as they would like to be in their child’s learning and development at Buttercups Preschool. We have a nurturing environment, where children are empowered and have a great sense of belonging, as they explore their current interests.

Although free play is a large part of the daily routine, we promote an understanding and respect for boundaries which work effectively within a group environment for children.

Many activities will be on offer daily, for example, baking, messy play, science exploration, and art. Photos will be taken daily, to enable us to share with you what new experiences your children partake in and to document individual learning. Learning stories and photos are available for families to find online through the Storypark software. Hard copy profile books, including these stories and photos, are also available and these are in a hard copy version in the classroom at Buttercups, for the children to view at their leisure.

Our Vision

Our philosophy, vision, goals and teaching practices promote positive learning outcomes for children. We value a collaborative approach, whereby kaiako, children, whānau and caregivers work together to provide a quality, caring and engaging learning environment for our tamariki. The teachers at Buttercups Preschool are inspired by RIE/Pikler, Magda Gerber, at Buttercups Preschool. We value building respectful and responsive relationships, in order to understand the different layers of a child's life. Kaiako are then able to provide a carefully planned learning journey for each tamaiti at Buttercups Preschool, through our key teacher programme. Key kaiako work in partnership with families, to support both the child and their whānau. Key teachers are responsible for documentation of the child's learning and development, through assessment and celebrations of their learning.

Our Core Values



For self, others and the environment



Listening and understanding



Caring and nurturing



Risk taking and 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.

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