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.

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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

(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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Foundations for success…

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 free afternoon activities on-site, making it easy for your little one to follow their passion without additional driving and admin for you! These include:

  • Ballet
  • Ball skills
  • Or whatever we can help arrange for your child

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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

Free on-site afternoon activities with specialist teachers

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

You’re in safe and capable hands

Our experienced team are at the heart of our preschool community

Bruce McIntyre, co-founder

Seven Oaks School was opened in 2009, to empower children to thrive in our unpredictable and fast-changing world. Our success is based on providing socially, emotionally and environmentally rich educational experiences that are unavailable elsewhere.  I am so proud of the talented and committed team that take care of your children at Seven Oaks Preschool. We aim to support your children to learn that they can be seen, loved and respected out there in the big wide world, as well as at home. 

Jessie Jones, centre manager

I have been involved in ECE in various ways since 2008 and have a passion for providing great learning environments for tamariki. I love the ethos here at Seven Oaks and am excited to work with the wonderful team of teachers here!
I moved to Christchurch from Wellington with my husband Garrick in 2017 and together we have a daughter Hazel who will be attending Seven Oaks. We love trying out new places to eat and spending time in nature as a family.
This is a safe and community-focused preschool, says Danielle

Danielle Wilson, 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.

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.

Hayley Lamb, qualified teacher

Kia ora whanau, my name is Hayley and I have recently started here at Seven Oaks preschool. I having been teaching in Early Childhood since gaining my diploma in teaching ECE in 2008. In my spare time I enjoy spending time with my family, friends and going on adventures with my 5 year old daughter Eva and dog Winnie.

I look foward to getting to know you all.

Chloe Pettitt, qualified teacher

I have been working in early childhood for 5 years and have found a philosophy that really fits my own in the Seven Oaks community. Having my own babies has only solidified my love of nurturing and relationships in nursery spaces, experiencing early childhood education through a mother’s lens has grounded my practice. My philosophy draws inspiration from RIE, Pikler, and Magda Gerber’s research, with respectful relationships at the forefront of my teaching practice.

Leena Kharkrang, qualified teacher

Through my 15 years of experience, I have developed a philosophy centred around holistic understanding and whanau connectivity. I am passionate about working with toddlers. I love the continued nurturing and care element of toddler teaching and enjoy supporting them in developing their social and emotional awareness.

Alka Dherput, teacher in training

Although I have a Bachelor’s in mathematics and a Master’s in computer science, I have always wanted to work with children, and have decided to pursue my dream of becoming an early childhood educator! I came to find Seven Oaks through my daughter attending the preschool, I connected with the philosophy and as a parent truly felt connected to the people within the community. I feel honoured to learn alongside you all.

Claudia Mackenzie-Keats, unqualified reliever

My journey into the Seven Oaks community looks a little different than the rest of the Seven Oaks team. I started working at Seven Oaks looking to gain an understanding of typical child development as a foundation for my study toward my social work degree. In the last few years at the centre, I have found a passion for children and am looking forward to applying my knowledge into the social work field when I graduate next year.

At-a-glance fees

Seven Oaks Preschool Fee Schedule (effective from March 2022)
Open: Monday to Friday 7.30am to 4.45pm

Hourly rate
(up to 6 hours per day)
Hourly rate
(after 6 hours per day)
Full week

0-3 years

$7.50 $7.00 $270

3 years and over

Qualified for 20 free ECE hours a week
(maximum of 6 free hours a day)
Free $7.50 $170

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