Cotswold Preschool and Nursery


37 Colesbury Street, Bishopdale, Christchurch 8053

Childcare Type
3 - 5

Opened in 1967, we are a non-profit, community-based Preschool, situated in the Bishopdale area. We have provided quality care and education for the children of our local community for over 50 years. We are also a peanut butter friendly centre.

We are a non-profit, community-based Preschool, situated in the Bishopdale area. Our centre has been operating for many years providing quality care and education for the children of our local community. We have a license for 40 children, 8 in the Nursery with a ratio of 1 adult to 4 children and 32 in the Preschool with a ratio of 1 adult to 8 children. Ninety percent of teachers are fully qualified.

Each child has a Personal Profile Book in which their achievements and progress from their first day are recorded.At Cotswold Preschool and Nursery we have a self-choice programme and base our planning around children’s interests. Therefore learning & development is not based around subject areas but around the dispositions for learning. These help children develop courage, curiosity, playfulness, trust, perseverance and confidence. Our curriculum encourages children to become robust and enduring thus equipping children for future learning.Our centre is run by a parent committee which is elected each year at our AGM. All parents are welcome to join and become involved in the continued growth and development of our centre.

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Our view of the child is as a competent and confident learner, healthy in mind, body and spirit, secure in their sense of belonging and in the knowledge they make a valued contribution to society.

We aspire to provide a responsive curriculum using the framework within Te Whariki to guide kaiako practice. Partnership with whanau and the local community is interwoven into the programme and viewed as valued opportunities for whanau to share in preschool life.

The learning environment is designed to use play based contexts where tamariki are encouraged and supported to take responsibility for their own learning and at their own pace. In addition they are supported to make their own choices and empowered to engage in tuakana teina relationships where they can help and teach each other.  

Individual differences are celebrated as we nurture each tamariki’s strengths and abilities.

Kaiako work alongside tamariki to build social competence skills and resilience through a growing sense of self-awareness, self-motivation and self-regulation to support independence.  

The curriculum provides tamariki with a rich library of resources that enables them to explore creativity and encourages wonder and discovery. A natural world is valued along with promoting sustainability. Our extensive outdoor area allows for freedom of play surrounded in nature where tamariki can develop courage, curiosity and imagination.

Healthy bodies feed healthy minds and a perceptual motor programme is an important aspect of our curriculum and teaching practices to support brain development. Early literacy and numeracy are integrated into all domain areas to ensure a seamless transition to school.

The centre is committed to upholding Te Tiriti O Waitangi and supporting a culture of biculturalism actively and visibly within our preschool. We practice a culture of kindness and respect that values our cultural diversity as we strive to maintain an atmosphere where tamariki will thrive, full of peace, co-operation, support and aroha.

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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