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

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

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Where to find us

77 Murphys Road, Halswell 8025

021 0288 4145

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Thank you all for all your hard work. Such a lovely night and so special to see all the beautiful kiddies with their families ❤️

"Childhood is that state which ends the moment a puddle is first viewed as an obstacle instead of an opportunity" Michael K. Williams

Our nursery tamariki loved exploring, splashing and jumping in the puddles on our visit over to the school grounds 😊
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Childhood is that state which ends the moment a puddle is first viewed as an obstacle instead of an opportunity Michael K. Williams

Our nursery tamariki loved exploring, splashing and jumping in the puddles on our visit over to the school grounds 😊

Ngā mihi o Matariki, te tau hou Māori!
Matariki has always been a celebration favourite in the Seven Oaks community and as we herald in the new year its important that we take time to reflect, to rejoice in our shared accomplishments, to awhi eachother as we reflect on personal hardships and to manifest new hope for the year to come ❤
Stay safe beautiful people and we can't wait to have you all along for our celebration next week ⭐
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Yesterday was a day full of Teddy bear picnic fun! 🧸
The children brought along a furry friend from home! We started by creating bear masks and our own personalised bears then went on a bear hunt to the school for a very special beary mat time. We shared some bread we made in the morning and spread it with honey from Austy's bees... a snack fit for a bear 🐝❤
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There's nothing like winter sunshine pouring through our big beautiful sliding doors ❤ – a space ripe for sun-based exploration and warm relaxation ☀️ – if you'd like to come and see for yourself, please call to arrange a visit – 021 0288 4145 ... See MoreSee Less

Theres nothing like winter sunshine pouring through our big beautiful sliding doors ❤ – a space ripe for sun-based exploration and warm relaxation ☀️ – if youd like to come and see for yourself, please call to arrange a visit – 021 0288 4145

"Learning through messy play; the downside is all fixable. The upside is magical." - Alyson Gembala

The tamariki in our nursery are loving exploring the different messy play experiences... who said you had to paint on paper 😉 What fun 😁🎨
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Learning through messy play; the downside is all fixable. The upside is magical. - Alyson Gembala

The tamariki in our nursery are loving exploring the different messy play experiences... who said you had to paint on paper 😉 What fun 😁🎨

Big adventures for little people: Here's Bash testing his knot-making skills during our weekly trip to the reserve with our big school friends! Full of climbing trees, slack-lining and bug hunting, our older preschoolers are loving joining this adventure each week! ❤
To find out more about enrolling your child at our centre, give us a call or drop us a message.
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Big adventures for little people: Heres Bash testing his knot-making skills during our weekly trip to the reserve with our big school friends! Full of climbing trees, slack-lining and bug hunting, our older preschoolers are loving joining this adventure each week! ❤ 
To find out more about enrolling your child at our centre, give us a call or drop us a message.

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Meet our newest kaiako, Alka!
Alka is already part of the Seven Oaks whanau, as her daughter has just recently graduated from our preschool room!
She is loving spending time with our little friends and learning all about theories in practice.
So excited to be on this journey with her ❤
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Meet our newest kaiako, Alka! 
Alka is already part of the Seven Oaks whanau, as her daughter has just recently graduated from our preschool room!
She is loving spending time with our little friends and learning all about theories in practice. 
So excited to be on this journey with her ❤

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Thank you so much for all you do Alka. Hudson loves you so much.

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We want to wish our amazing Jody a very happy birthday. Jody, you bring so much joy, enthusiasm and laughter to our preschool. We are incredibly lucky to have such an amazing manager and friend here at Seven Oaks. We hope you have a fun day. Love from all your Seven Oaks Whanau 🥰❤💖 ... See MoreSee Less

We want to wish our amazing Jody a very happy birthday. Jody, you bring so much joy, enthusiasm and laughter to our preschool. We are incredibly lucky to have such an amazing manager and friend here at Seven Oaks. We hope you have a fun day. Love from all your Seven Oaks Whanau 🥰❤💖

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Happy birthday Jody! Thank you for loving on Ellie, and being such a understanding, calm voice of reason. We love you! 💙

Happy birthday hope you had an amazing day 🎉🎂🎈

Happy birthday beautiful human

Happy birthday Jody ❤️

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Happy Birthday Jody. Peppa wanted to make you a video

Happy Birthday Jody!! 💜💫

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Cuutteeee happy birthday to the best 💕

Happy Birthday!!!

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Happy birthday!!! 🎈🎈

Happy birthday Jody 🙂

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Happy birthday Jody.

Happy birthday Jody!!

Happy birthday Jody❤️

Agree with every word! Jodie you rock enjoy the hot pools 🙂

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We love receiving testimonials from our families ❤

"We came to Seven Oaks Nursery feeling anxious about making this big change for our family. We spent months scouring through the centres in our area before walking through Seven Oaks doors.
It was night and day, genuine love for our wee man, a true interest in our family as a whole and empathy for what him starting preschool meant for me as a mother.
Knowing that each day he was surrounded by love, and exciting learning experiences made settling into our 'new normal' feel effortless.
I will never forget what our Seven Oaks family has done for us"
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We love receiving testimonials from our families ❤

We came to Seven Oaks Nursery feeling anxious about making this big change for our family. We spent months scouring through the centres in our area before walking through Seven Oaks doors. 
It was night and day, genuine love for our wee man, a true interest in our family as a whole and empathy for what him starting preschool meant for me as a mother. 
Knowing that each day he was surrounded by love, and exciting learning experiences made settling into our new normal feel effortless.
I will never forget what our Seven Oaks family has done for us 
#happyfamilies #sevenoakspreschool

Exploring the world around us is so much fun for tamariki – discovering whether what looks good tastes good is one of life's great lessons. 🤣 What unusual things did you try out when you were young? We'd love to hear! 😜 And if you'd like your child to join our intrepid explorers at our spacious and loving preschool, get in touch with our friendly team. #preschoolgarden #growingtamariki ... See MoreSee Less

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

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

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+

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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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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 (the preschool’s big sister) 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.

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.
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.

Michelle Foster, qualified teacher

I have been in early childhood education for upwards of 25 years. My passion for the sector and children has never dwindled as I find joy in learning! When I had my own children I spent 6 years facilitating Halswell Playcentre, so bring an interesting perspective to my teaching practice through my varied experiences within the sector. I am passionate about outdoor play experiences and getting out into our community.

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-Keets, 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

Please contact us for more details or clarification

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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