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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Where to find us

77 Murphys Road, Halswell 8025

021 0288 4145

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22 hours ago

Seven Oaks Preschool

A day of both joy and sadness as our beautiful girls graduated preschool ❤ ... See MoreSee Less

A day of both joy and sadness as our beautiful girls graduated preschool ❤

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We will truly miss you both but so excited to watch you grow on your school journey ❤

We are so looking forward to welcoming you both at Seven Oaks School on Monday. ❤️

Happy school days to you both. It will seem so strange without you both. I will miss the frozen songs and dancing with you both. What a lucky class getting you two joining them. Hugs!

Archie was telling me this evening how sad he is that Lucy & Hazel have left pre-school 😢 Not long until he's also on the otherside of the fence though! 😂 Good Luck on your new adventure girls 💕

Matariki e ara e!
Last week we did Matariki art and stories, this week we will be making Matariki soup.
Keep your eyes peeled for next weeks exciting matariki event 😍
Happy new year!
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Matariki e ara e! 
Last week we did Matariki art and stories, this week we will be making Matariki soup.
Keep your eyes peeled for next weeks exciting matariki event 😍
Happy new year!

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For littlies too?

BEST. PJ. DAY. EVER.
Keep an eye out for our next exciting event 🥰
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BEST. PJ. DAY. EVER.
Keep an eye out for our next exciting event 🥰

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Dont forget Pj day tomorrow! Cant wait to get cozy with you all ❤

2 months ago

Seven Oaks Preschool

A big Kia-Ora to our new teacher Leena! Leena brings with her a plethora of knowledge, love and years of experience. We cant wait for you to meet her! ... See MoreSee Less

A big Kia-Ora to our new teacher Leena! Leena brings with her a plethora of knowledge, love and years of experience. We cant wait for you to meet her!

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We are so excited to have you join the seven Oaks Family 🥰

Hope you had a great day leena Miss you already

😀😀😀 Leena is an amazing teacher ~ great news!

Congrats Seven Oaks, Leena is an awesome teacher and I'm sure your tamariki will love her 😊

Congratulations Seven Oaks. Leena, hope you had a great first day.

Congrats Leena! xx

Lovely photo

Congratulations Leena 💐

Wow Seven Oaks Preschool is very lucky, Leena is an amazing kaiako. Lucky tamariki! Isaiah and I miss you!!

Thank you everyone! It has been great meeting all the amazing families at seven Oaks preschool 😊 . I look forward to getting to know everyone.

Looking as lovely as ever Leena 💕 Lucky Seven Oaks Preschool tamariki!

Nice. Good luck. Enjoy

Seven Oaks is one lucky centre! Hope your first day went well!

Lovely pic 🧡 Leena is an amazing teacher! 🌟

Congrats Leena! Will Try score a placement with you later in the year 🥰🥰😄

How awesome x

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2 months ago

Seven Oaks Preschool

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Keeping warm on this rainy day ❤

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Gorgeous boys 😍

Oh, soooo lovely🥰🥰🥰😇😇😇😇

2 months ago

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For those wondering at this point we are open tomorrow! Please dont forget to pack wet weather gear. If the situation changes we will update via facebook. Any questions please email office@sevenoakspreschool.co.nz ❤ stay safe whanau ... See MoreSee Less

For those wondering at this point we are open tomorrow! Please dont forget to pack wet weather gear. If the situation changes we will update via facebook. Any questions please email office@sevenoakspreschool.co.nz ❤ stay safe whanau

2 months ago

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2 months ago

Seven Oaks Preschool

Happy birthday to our beautiful Kaiako Jo.
You bring so much joy and light to our tamariki and their Whanau. We are so lucky to have you ❤
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Happy birthday to our beautiful Kaiako Jo. 
You bring so much joy and light to our tamariki and their Whanau. We are so lucky to have you ❤

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Happy Birthday!!!

Happy Birthday Jo! ❤️

Happy Birthday Jo! Hope you've had a lovely day!! How was Stewart Island?? 🙂

Happy birthday Jo. We are really lucky to have you. Lots of love and great wishes ❤❤❤❤❤

Aww love you all too, I'm lucky to be part of the Seven Oaks whanau. Xx

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Hazel Nicoll ... is that who I think it is making a get away? 😅

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4 months ago

Seven Oaks Preschool

A very special 'Happy Birthday' to our incredibly passionate and dedicated Programme Manager Jody 🎂
Jody is having a well deserved birthday break this week!
Luckily we had an early celebration last week with a special birthday cake!
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Happy birthday Jody, you are such a star!!!🥇🎖🥇

Happy birthday beautiful human! We are so lucky to have you in our children's lives.

Happy Birthday Jody!

Happy birthday Jody!

Happy Birthday Jody!!!

Happy Birthday from Nirvan side, kind Jody. Lots of love 💘💕

happy birthday Jody! looks like a great celebration

Happy Birthday Jody! Your simply the best xx

Nawww happy birthday <3

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4 months ago

Seven Oaks Preschool

The Seven Oaks team are so grateful to have Bruce as the owner of our preschool. He has worked tirelessly both with Salam in the rain and on his own to build a new soft fall area which includes a new swing frame!
Bruce is passionate about childrens well-being and is always on board when we make requests on behalf of our tamariki.
We hope our tamariki love it as much as we do!
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The Seven Oaks team are so grateful to have Bruce as the owner of our preschool. He has worked tirelessly both with Salam in the rain and on his own to build a new soft fall area which includes a new swing frame! 
Bruce is passionate about childrens well-being and is always on board when we make requests on behalf of our tamariki.
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Thank you so much Bruce and the team. This is going to be so much fun for everyone!

Oh my lucy is going to love it!. Thanks for your hard work Bruce and team!

This is amazing! Kids will enjoy it so much!

Pat Smith

wow that looks amazing! the kids will love it

I’m so pleased my Granddaughter is in your safe and caring hands Bruce.

We are all so excited to see this in the morning! 👏🏻👏🏻

You will get a lot of visitors I think!!🤣

Amazing! 😍😍😍

Well done

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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. 

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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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