A caring and safe space, where our tamariki can shine

We have created a very special spacious and natural preschool 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

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

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)

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

Where to find us

77 Murphys Road, Halswell 8025

021 0288 4145

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Kiaora Whanau,
As of 11.59pm tonight New Zealand will begin to operate within the Red level of the traffic light system.
A quick note about our requirements as a ministry funded centre when operating within the "red" restrictions in line with current guidelines. These may change or be updated or changed as new information arises.

For parents-
-If children are able to be supervised from home you are encouraged to do so
-Masks must be worn on centre premises by parents, if you are unable to do so please let us know via message or email so we can support you in creating a plan for drop off/pick up times
-Please be wary that when on site you maintain a 1 meter physical distance from other adults
-Shared kai (eg. Birthday kai) is no longer allowed
-There is no requirement for whanau to be vaccinated

For the preschool
-In line with the current mandate all of our teachers and auxiliary staff must be vaccinated
-Our already robust hygiene practices will be even more stringent, if you have any specific questions or requests in relation to this please let us know.
-Sadly our upcoming parent events will be canceled, once restrictions are eased we will replan for some new ones~ we will continue to provide children with in centre celebrations and events.

Kia kaha, he waka eke noa,
Jody and the Seven Oaks Preschool team
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Just wanting clarification around the 'if children are able to be supervised at home' bit does this mean if we dont need to be at work etc then have to keep kids home? And if we keep them home do we still get charged? Austin will be so sad if there's no preschool!

Bubble bubble toil and trouble!!
Who else remembers making garden potions as children?
Rummaging round in the grass and the flower bed to pick the perfect ingredients for your cauldron! Smelling sweet leaves, mixing in stones and dirt!
❤ love seeing our tamariki find joy in nature
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3 weeks ago

Seven Oaks Preschool & Nursery

What an amazing break we have all had! Feeling so thankful for this time which our Kaiako spent with their Whanau and reconnecting with nature!
We are back in action tomorrow and cant wait to see any smiling faces who are ready to pop back along 🥰
Here are from snaps from some of our teams holidays-
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Lovely holiday pics ❤

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Our week of St Nikolas celebrations has been wonderful - we have loved crafting, baking, snacking and playdough-ing our wee hearts out 🥰. It’s such a busy and stressful time of year for families, so we try to help by keeping the joy strong every day! ... See MoreSee Less

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Vanessa Hobby 😍

A message from our Kaiako Danielle 🥰

"Kade Alexander Wilson was born 20th November at 2:24am weighing 3335g / 7.35 lb.
He looks just like his daddy ❤️😍.
We all doing so well and blessed to have kade in our lives 😇😊."

How gorgeous is he! Already so loved by our Seven Oaks Family 😍
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A message from our Kaiako Danielle 🥰

Kade Alexander Wilson was born 20th November at 2:24am weighing 3335g / 7.35 lb.
He looks just like his daddy ❤️😍.
We all doing so well and blessed to have kade in our lives 😇😊.

How gorgeous is he! Already so loved by our Seven Oaks Family 😍Image attachmentImage attachment

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Congratulations to you all. He is just perfect. So happy for you all. Thank you so much for sharing your news and photos with us.

Huge congratulations Danielle & Daniel 🎊 Kade is absolutely scrummy 😍 Enjoy your new adventures together as a family x

Congratulations to the parents... he is adorable 😊

Congrats! So very exciting. He is beautiful xx 😍

congratulations danielle and family! ❤

Congratulations 🎉 he looks gorgeous.

Congratulations Danielle! ❤️

Congratulations guys 🤍🤍

So cute!!! Congratulations!!!

Naww he is so cute. Congrats ❤

Congrats to you ❤️

Wow, so cute, congratulations Danielle 😍😍😍

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It’s finally happened! After months of set-up, gardening and defending them from the rooster, our big ol' strawberry patch has berries!! 🍓🍓
There is nothing like eating kai you have helped to grow!
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Today was our beautiful Kaiako Danielle's last day before she headed away on maternity leave! We are so excited for her and her husband to welcome their wee man into the world and spent the day celebrating in typical baby shower style with games, treats and presents. You've been a superstar Dani and we are all going to miss you 🥰 ... See MoreSee Less

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Thankyou everyone. Daniel and I are very excited. Thankyou sooo much. I have loved working alongside such an amazing teaching team and loved building wonderful relationships with all the families at SevenOaks. I'll be back with my wee man in no time 😁👍❤️. Feeling very loved Thankyou everyone.

Sorry we didn't see you before you finished Danielle!! Wishing you all the very best for the safe arrival of your little man! Hope you manage to get a little rest now too. SO exciting!! 😀

Good Luck Danielle- remember water birth all the way if you can bag it 👌 x

Wishing you all the best!!!

Good luck Danielle 🤍🤍

exciting times Dani! ❤

Good luck x

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Everyday we get to explore a new version of our beautiful garden. New flowers grow, insects trapse into new hide aways, new flowers bloom and our fruit continues to inch toward being ready to be eaten! ... See MoreSee Less

Everyday we get to explore a new version of our beautiful garden. New flowers grow, insects trapse into new hide aways, new flowers bloom and our fruit continues to inch toward being ready to be eaten!

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Laying the foundations for success…

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

Outdoor learning whenever possible

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. 

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Specialist classes

Our spacious and natural preschool has linked up with local specialist providers to run a selection of afternoon activities on-site, making it easy for your little one to follow their passion without additional driving and admin for you!

  • Ballet
  • Ball skills
  • Music
  • Yoga

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

We value connection with parents, whanau and caregivers

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. 

Less plastic, more natural materials

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.

We focus on belonging through strong relationships

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.

Siblings and friends on the doorstep of our preschool

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. 


Specialist classes

On-site afternoon activities at Seven Oaks Preschool

Ball skills programme for preschoolers – developing co-ordination and innate understanding of physics

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+

On-site ballet classes at preschool – developing a love of movement

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

Yoga for preschoolers – building inner strength and resilience

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+

Music lessons, for creativity and calm self-expression

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+


You’re in safe and capable hands

Our experienced team are at the heart of our preschool community

Bruce McIntyre, Co-Founder

I co-founded Seven Oaks School in 2009 with the aim of empowering children with socially, emotionally and environmentally rich educational experiences to enable them to thrive in the unpredictable and fast-changing world. I am passionate about this journey, and bringing a preschool onto the campus allows us to cater even better for our families. I am so proud of the talented and committed team that take care of your children at Seven Oaks Preschool. We want all children to learn that they can be seen, loved and respected out there in the big wide world, as well as at home. We aim to empower them via that solid foundation to create joyful lives, close relationships and successful careers at school and as adults.

Anna Julian, Seven Oaks Preschool Leader

Anna Julian, Co-Founder

I grew up in Christchurch and have been a registered ECE teacher for more than 20 years. I am trained in early-intervention and infant massage, and have worked in the CDHB as a play therapist. I also have extensive experience of working with children who have suffered trauma within Oranga Tamariki’s (formerly CYF) fostering system. My husband and I have three daughters. As well as owning and managing other successful early childhood centres, I have also run an in-home service for children who have experienced trauma, implementing a neurological and emotional intelligent programme.

Jody Galbraith, assistant manager at Seven Oaks Preschool

Jody Galbraith, Centre Manager

I’m so excited to be a part of a such a wonderful team of heart-driven teachers, who operate from a place of love and commitment to children and learning! My husband and I have a wee girl called Paisley. We love spending our time outdoors with our whanau. I have been formally qualified in early childhood education for 5 years, though I was raised in a family-owned early childhood centre, surrounded by wonderful heart-led teachers. In Seven Oaks I have found a loving community of like-minded people. I can’t wait to be on this journey with you all!
This is a safe and community-focused preschool, says Danielle

Danielle, Qualified teacher

I am passionate about building strong reciprocal relationships in early childhood. I am very excited to part of such an amazing team of heart-driven teachers who teach with love and are committed to children and their learning. I have a husband named Daniel and a cheeky dog called Tai. I have been teaching for 7 years and have loved every minute of it. I am looking forward to meeting you all and starting a new journey together and creating some wonderful lifelong memories.
Outdoor play with Jo at our natural and spacious preschool

Jo Hedlund, Qualified teacher

I am a registered Kaiako and hold a Bachelor of Teaching ECE. I am passionate about the relationship between the outdoor environment and our tamariki. I love to ensure each tamaiti has the time and space to explore and discover at their own pace. Ko te ahurei o te tamaiti arahia o tatou mahi – Let the uniqueness of the child guide our work.

Melissa Arthurs, Qualified teacher

My husband Paul and I have two children, Sophia (8) and Liam (6). I enjoy taking them out on bike rides, walks and exploring different areas. We love going camping in the summer and I enjoy getting out for the odd run when I have time. I have been working in ECE for two years but have always been interested in caring for children of all ages. I believe that forming positive relationships with whanau is of great importance as it is beneficial in supporting a child’s development, growth and their sense of belonging.

At-a-glance fees

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

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

Register early to secure your child’s place at the right time

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