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

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

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Our sandpit water play set up is getting another workout as the weather gets warmer ☀️ We are so lucky with our huge outdoor space 🥰 ... See MoreSee Less

Our bubbas in the nursery are absolutely loving mat-time on these colder days. Sitting down and calmly reading together fosters a love of books and stories right from the start. As soon as things dry up, we'll be reading outside in the shade of our lovely big garden too... why not get in touch to arrange a visit if you like the sound of that? ... See MoreSee Less

Our bubbas in the nursery are absolutely loving mat-time on these colder days. Sitting down and calmly reading together fosters a love of books and stories right from the start. As soon as things dry up, well be reading outside in the shade of our lovely big garden too... why not get in touch to arrange a visit if you like the sound of that?

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Best seat on the mat is always a lap for Stanley. What a beautiful photo. Thanks for all the hard work team.

And we still love Ms Sharon's beautiful ballet class every monday 🥰 ... See MoreSee Less

And we still love Ms Sharons beautiful ballet class every monday  🥰Image attachmentImage attachment

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Looks like they’re having a great time!

I would love to bring Ethan for this!

The nursery for our 0-2s at Seven Oaks Preschool is a really special place, a home from home where babies and toddlers get all the love and attention they need. We provide extra-special care for our very youngest tamariki to help build relationships and trust, and spend lots of time on carefully planned sensory experiences, both indoors and outside in our lovely big garden.
If you'd like to visit and see our beautiful nursery for yourself, please get in touch with Jody on 021 0288 4145. We look forward to meeting you and your child.
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What an amazing Pust festival we had!
We spent the day dressed up, listening to Slovenian music and making masks to scare away the winter.
Thank you to Anja and Damjan, for sharing your beautiful day! Your support meant that we were able to create a really special cultural learning experience ❤
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Can we get the family photo please? 😍 It was such a great day. The girls had so much fun!

On Tuesday 28th of September we will be celebrating the Slovenian carnival- Pust!
So excited to share in this tradition with our Slovenian whanau 🥰
Welcoming spring and scaring away the winter with a day of fancy dress and art! Come dressed up in a costume of your choice and ready for a day of fun!
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Wow just did a Google search about it. I feel like with furry costumes with ribbons and bells to scare away winter Stanley was born for this! Ha ha can't wait! Thanks for being such a culturally inclusive preschool. Love it

Today we made treasure maps and went on a treasure hunt, made a river in the sandpit and started prepping the garden for a new round of fruit and vege!
Have missed you all with all our hearts 😍😍
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Today we made treasure maps and went on a treasure hunt, made a river in the sandpit and started prepping the garden for a new round of fruit and vege! 
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Stanley had a blast being back. Thank you so much for all the hard work everyone does to give our children the wonderful experiences they have here.

Lia told us all about the river in the sandpit haha, and she has a bag full of wet clothes to prove it 😂 She loved it! And they are both so excited to be back, they're already looking forward to Monday. It's lovely to see they enjoy themselves there.

Such beautiful photos! You guys are awesome 💜

Kiaora beautiful people, cant wait to have you all back, keep an eye out in your emails for our centre specific level 2 guidance tonight. If you do not recieve this please let us know. We are currently working through the government's guidance. ... See MoreSee Less

Kiaora beautiful people, cant wait to have you all back, keep an eye out in your emails for our centre specific level 2 guidance tonight. If you do not recieve this please let us know. We are currently working through the governments guidance.

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Have a Camp-out at home
A super fun family activity - try these ideas for a great indoor camp-out you can make you own blanket tent with the children or if you have good weather, set up a tent & enjoy some backyard camping activities!
• Pretend to go fishing.
• Roast marshmallows.
• Read stories.
• Build a pretend fire with wood.
• Bird watching.
• Bug hunting.
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Our kiddos at preschool are loving bubble play today 🥰 ... See MoreSee Less

Our kiddos at preschool are loving bubble play today 🥰

Make your own Bike track!
Hope you’re all doing well. What a fun outside activity to get the children moving. All you need is some chalk and a bike or scooter!
You can add the some challenge by creating stop signs and obstacles... you could even make a ramp!
We would love to see all your wonderful creations on Facebook once you’re done.
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Make your own Bike track!
Hope you’re all doing well.  What a fun outside activity to get the children moving. All you need is some chalk and a bike or scooter!
You can add the some challenge by creating stop signs and obstacles... you could even make a ramp!
We would love to see all your wonderful creations on Facebook once you’re done.

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. 

more opportunities to learn

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. 

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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+

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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

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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+

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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+

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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

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*

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 at the right time

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

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