We are a fully licensed and chartered service catering for children six months up to six years within four well resourced areas. We are community based and aim to keep our fees low while having a high staff to child ratio. We offer 20 hours ECE for three and four year olds plus WINZ subsidies are available. We are a not-for-profit centre governed by the Buildings Blocks Community Trust and are under the umbrella so closely affiliated with South West Baptist Church.
Our hours of operation are Monday to Friday 8.00am to 4.30pm. Administration hours 9.00 – 2.30pm.
Our nursery caters for up to seventeen infants and toddlers from six months through to approximately two and a half years old. They are cared for in our separate, attractive and well-resourced nursery area with easy access to its own outdoor play space. The nursery is located in the rear of our preschool building on Lyttelton Street.
Children are encouraged to participate in both individual and group learning experiences. There are many opportunities for creative and imaginative play through the day, with routine tasks such as eating, sleeping and toileting woven into those times.
Our team of experienced early childhood qualified teachers provide a calm, friendly and relaxed atmosphere that welcomes and supports infants, toddlers and their families.
Our aspiration for each child is that they grow to become confident and competent life-long learners, as we weave the centre’s Christian philosophy, based on our Biblical belief, values and principles, throughout the daily programme and in our relationships with children, families and each other. We are inclusive of children’s home cultures, providing cultural resources and opportunities reflective of the children attending.
Our teachers promote children’s thinking and learning through specific teaching approaches. These help infants and toddlers develop confidence in their oral language, develop listening, thinking and problem solving skills and make decisions about their own learning.
Our Junior area which is located at the front of the Preschool building on Lyttelton street, caters for 24 children aged approximately two and a half through to approximately three and a half years old.
This area is attractive and well-resourced with continuous access to both inside and outside areas that allows children to have a free choice of playing environments. We provide a richly resourced curriculum to encourage children’s thinking and learning while they create, imagine and grow in confidence.
Our experienced teachers incorporate Christian values and principles into the daily programme and their relationships with children, families and each other. We have a play-based, interest led programme.
We offer up to 20 hrs ECE (to all children aged three and over) with a maximum of six hours free per day.
Our fee structure is available onsite. We intentionally keep our fees low to support our local community families.
Hours: 8.00am – 4.30pm
8.00 Indoor/Outdoor activities in the Nursery area8.30 Main group starts arriving. Early starters move through to the Junior area.
Indoor /Outdoor Activities *9.30 Mat time9.45 Morning Tea10.00 Indoor/Outdoor activities continue. Toileting and nappy changing.11.45 Karakia and Waiata time.11.50 Lunch – Farewell morning-only children **12.10 Inside/Outside activities. Toileting and nappy changing.
Sleep time for those needing a sleep **2.00 Mat time2.15 Afternoon Tea2.30 Inside/outside activities. Clean up. Farewell children3.30 Main group leave. All remaining children join together in the Junior area for a combined time. * Activities are available during the day as appropriate to the age of the children attending. Sleeping and meal times are flexible depending on the children’s normal routines.
Our Kindergarten area is located at 31 Cobham Street, with access also from the Lyttelton Street carpark. We cater for 24 children from approximately three and a half through to five years old, in an age-appropriate environment. Children are provided with an attractive, and well-resourced environment that provides many opportunities for creative, imaginative and outdoor physical play.
Our teachers incorporate Christian values and beliefs into the daily programme and relationships and encourage children to become confident in who they are and what they do. The majority of children transition from the preschool however, where available, new children/families will be offered spaces.
We welcome all three – five year olds and offer the up to 20 hrs ECE with a maximum of six hours free per day.
Our fee structure is available onsite. We intentionally our fees low to support our local community families.
Our centre philosophy is based on strong Christian beliefs and principles that are woven through the life of the centre by our qualified staff and management. We aim to provide a caring, supportive environment for children and their whanau.
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.