A natural, safe and caring place, where all our tamariki shine

We have created a very special environment for our youngest learners, ages 0-6. Our custom-built centre opened in July 2020, and features natural materials, finishes, toys and resources wherever possible. We have a large garden at the front of our centre for our tamariki to learn about nature and get lots of fresh, clean air. We also have access to the grounds of our big sister, Seven Oaks School for further exploration and stimulation of the senses.

Communication is at the heart of our preschool, because we understand that for your child to be relaxed, you need to feel relaxed too. Our experienced and friendly team will call you to let you know how things are going, not just if there’s a problem. We’ll get to know you as well as your child, so we can work together to help them develop into the amazing, confident and loving person they were born to be.

Lots of families are already enjoying the special character of our preschool – why not contact us to arrange a visit and join them? 

Small is beautiful

Nursery
We can accommodate up to fifteen 0 to 2 year-olds

Preschool
We have generous ratios for up to forty 2 to 6 year-olds

Dedicated project room
This additional space is for some of the specific learning experiences we offer our tamariki.

(Please note: children can be enrolled up to their 6th birthday)

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0 to 2 year-olds
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2 to 6 year-olds

Where to find us

77 Murphys Road, Halswell 8025

021 0288 4145

Email us

Laying the foundations for success…

These are just some of the things that make our centre special

We believe in fresh air

As long as they’re dressed for the conditions, we encourage children to be outside as much as possible, learning through their senses and enjoying natural physical movement. We have a lovely big garden with a sensory area and where we grow lots of fruit and vegetables. We can also enjoy the grounds of our big sister, Seven Oaks School, where there are wildlife ponds and plenty of space to run and play. 

ball skills

Specialist classes

By linking up with local specialist providers, we run a selection of afternoon activities on-site, so it’s easy for your little one to follow their passion:

  • Ballet
  • Ball skills
  • Music
  • Yoga

Contact us to discuss how to sign up for these sessions. 

Parents welcome

Each child’s emotional wellbeing is at the forefront of our minds, so parents and grandparents are always welcome to stay a while after drop-off and join in the fun. By creating an open and collaborative atmosphere, we want our centre to feel like your home from home. 

A natural approach

We use natural, safe resources wherever possible throughout our centre, and aim to to everything as sustainably as we can. From wooden toys to 100% organic cotton materials for bedding, you name it, we’re doing our best to teach our tamariki to care for ourselves and the planet.

Nurturing relationships

We nurture every relationship at our centre to establish a strong sense of belonging, working in partnership with parents and whanau to ensure children feel safe, secure, and listened to.

Shared values

Our values and philosophy is closely aligned with that of our big sister, Seven Oaks School. You can read more here about our philosophy and how we integrate these values into the national preschool curriculum Te Whariki. 

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Specialist classes

On-site afternoon activities at Seven Oaks Preschool

Ball skills

Ball Skills

with Playball

We keep these sessions really fun and light, to help youngsters develop a love of ball sports. Introductory skills focus on developing hand-eye co-ordination and learning to predict how balls move.

  • 4 weeks
  • Age 18 months+

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Ballet Basics

with Dance Central

You’re never too young to start developing a love of dance. We give toddlers and preschoolers the chance to learn to dance, gain confidence and shine.

  • 4 weeks
  • Age 3+ – boys and girls welcome

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Yoga

Yoga for Littlies

Yoga can be really beneficial for young bodies and minds, helping us learn to calm our breathing and emotions, and strengthen our growing bodies through gentle exercises you can practice at home.

  • 4 weeks
  • Age 3+

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Music lessons

Music tuition

Join our magical musical world of fun! We offer several different options for music tuition, so please contact us for details.

  • 4 weeks
  • Age 3+

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You’re in safe hands

Anna Julian
Anna Julian(B.Ed,DipE.I)
Seven Oaks Preschool Leader

Meet Anna – we couldn’t wish for a better team leader for Seven Oaks Preschool.

Anna is open, friendly and highly experienced in early childhood care, having been a registered ECE teacher for more than 20 years. She is trained in early-intervention and infant massage, and has worked in the CDHB as a play therapist. She also has extensive experience in working with children who have suffered trauma within Oranga Tamariki’s (formerly CYF) fostering system.

Originally from Christchurch, she and her husband have three daughters. She has previously owned and managed her own successful early childhood centre, as well as an in-home service for children who have experienced trauma, implementing a neurological and emotional intelligent programme.

More info on the rest of the team coming soon…!

At-a-glance fees

We offer 20 free ECE hours for over-3s*

Morning
session
Afternoon
session
School
day
Whole
day
Full-time
per week

8.30-12.30 12.45-16.45 8.30-15.30 7.30-18.00 7.00-18.00
five days a week

0-2 year olds

$26 $26 $45 $60 $236

2-3 year olds

$26 $26 $45 $50 $236

3-6 year olds
Up to 20 hours free, then*

$26 $26 $6.50 $29.25 $146

* Conditions apply – please contact us for details

Please note, spaces at our centre are allocated in the following order of priority:

  1. The child has a sibling at Seven Oaks Preschool
  2. The child has a sibling at Seven Oaks School
  3. The child is pre-enrolled at Seven Oaks School
  4. The family intends to enrol their child at Seven Oaks School
  5. None of the above

Register early to secure your child’s place

We will contact you to arrange an appointment to meet and discuss your family’s needs

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We are so lucky to have yoga as one of our weekly free specialised classes. Yoga is a truly interdisciplinary approach to mindfulness and learning. Together we create space for inner wellness as we weave stories with our bodies and minds in a way that could only truly happen during a child's play.
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At Seven Oaks Preschool our responsive, heart centred approach to teaching and learning means our children are celebrated for their moments of silly. 
Children want the same things we do, to laugh, to learn, and to be loved❤️

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Our Playball session is a great opportunity for young children to learn confidence and how to play well with others. The early stages of the playball program are non-competitive and designed to provide all children with the opportunity to participate at their own level.

Thank you so much to Anna from Playball Canterbury for the amazing job you do with our tamariki ❤️ can’t wait to do it all again next week!
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Thank you for having Playball over at the Preschool. Anna had a super lovely session with all the Tamariki. See you next week.

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A little snapshot of our first ballet class with Miss Sharon 🥰 Join us at Seven Oaks Preschool on a Monday afternoon session where your child can attend our ballet classes for free 😊 ... See MoreSee Less

You’re never too young to develop a love of music and movement, our free specialised classes are officially up and running!
The beautiful Miss Sharon from Dance Central CBA takes ballet every Monday and our tamariki have all raved about how fun the class is ❤️
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You’re never too young to develop a love of music and movement, our free specialised classes are officially up and running! 
The beautiful Miss Sharon from Dance Central CBA takes ballet every Monday and our tamariki have all raved about how fun the class is ❤️Image attachmentImage attachment

We are so lucky to be a part of the beautiful Seven Oaks school community! Our tamariki have plenty of opportunities to explore the school as a part of our commitment to a responsive robust transition to school process.
With their preschool teachers by their sides our children are given opportunities to play in the playground, explore the grounds, join in with our free yoga, ballet and soccer classes in the hall throughout the week, and become familiar with the comings and goings of the new entrant class room.
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Our teachers have worked tirelessly to create a classroom filled with beautiful authentic play spaces. A home away from home ❤️
Real life, open ended resources mean our tamariki can create play based on their interests and engage with them at any age.
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Our teachers have worked tirelessly to create a classroom filled with beautiful authentic play spaces. A home away from home ❤️
Real life, open ended resources mean our tamariki can create play based on their interests and engage with them at any age.Image attachmentImage attachment

Is a box really just a box? Our children were met by a pile of boxes, tape and paint when they came in this morning in response to an abundance of child led construction play yesterday.
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Is a box really just a box? Our children were met by a pile of boxes, tape and paint when they came in this morning in response to an abundance of child led construction play yesterday. 
Suddenly robots, space men, construction workers and artists have been let loose through our garden this morning!
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This is Jody, our passionate Assistant Manager and a strong advocate for the wellbeing of our children at Seven Oaks Preschool. Her heart-centred approach and genuine love for our tamariki is shown through the inspiring environment and relationships she creates with the children and whanau. We are truly blessed to have her on our team 🥰 ... See MoreSee Less

This is Jody, our passionate Assistant Manager and a strong advocate for the wellbeing of our children at Seven Oaks Preschool. Her heart-centred approach and genuine love for our tamariki is shown through the inspiring environment and relationships she creates with the children and whanau. We are truly blessed to have her on our team 🥰

Sometimes paint isn’t always the best medium for art! Our commitment to creating a “yes” centred environment means our children have the freedom to explore new unconventional play. True learning begins when we see children as the innately wise and capable learners that they are ❤️ ... See MoreSee Less

Sometimes paint isn’t always the best medium for art! Our commitment to creating a “yes” centred environment means our children have the freedom to explore new unconventional play. True learning begins when we see children as the innately wise and capable learners that they are ❤️

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At Seven Oaks Preschool we follow the childs natural rhythm in an unhurried environment. This photo captured the special moment between the two boys as they share joy in the connection they are developing   🥰