Welcome to Portobelo Kaiapoi Preschool & Nursery

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About Kaiapoi Preschool

We are located in a quiet residential street in Kaiapoi, well away from the industrial area and motorway. Our adjacent nursery is able to be accessed either by walking through our walkway, or from a separate street address.

The preschool was once a private house, on a large section, which has been adapted to meet the needs of our preschool. Indoors we have a number of cosy inviting areas thoughtfully set up by teachers each day, that encourage children to engage in sustained creative play. We also have a separate cafť area where the children eat together and take part in larger group activities. We have a wide range of ever-changing resources that invite cooperation and joint work on projects of various natures and sizes. Children learn about respect, responsibility and community, while developing friendship skills, creativity, problem solving, along with literacy and numeracy. For our older children, we have a specially designed ĎReady for Schoolí programme, which ensures each child is well set up for success when they enter formal schooling.

The outdoor area is a large natural space, with fruit trees, decking, edible gardens, swings and a slide, a playhouse, and plenty of space for exploration and activities. Every day the children use this space for swinging, digging, running, climbing, playing ball games, riding their bikes and tending our gardens. They learn about challenge and risk, problem-solving, working with others, perseverance, and responsibility for the environment, while making discoveries in this rich environment.

We love getting out and about in our local community, and there are local parks, a primary school, the Community Garden, a rest home, shops and a library for us to walk to regularly.

Please phone to arrange a visit to see how special Portobelo Kaiapoi Preschool is, and what we have to offer you and your child. We will be happy to show you around and discuss your childís particular interests and strengths, and your wishes and hopes for their learning and care in our centre.

About Kaiapoi Nursery

Our ERO rating puts us in the top 10% of nurseries and preschools in New Zealand.

We are the only nursery in the Waimakariri district with this rating!

Specialising in individualised and responsive care for infants and children from 0 to 3 years old, Portobelo Kaiapoi Nursery opened in February 2010. Originally a private residence, it has been extensively remodelled to suit the needs of our youngest children. We are tucked away on a quiet residential street, with our outdoor play areas at the back and well away from the street. Here there are trees, grass, swings, a sandpit and mudkitchen, gardens and decking, with spaces designed to encourage children's curiosity and exploration of their natural environment at their own pace. Our babies and toddlers can also see through the fence into the Preschool childrenís playground, allowing for connections and interaction with their siblings as a natural part of their day.

Our indoor areas include underfloor heating (especially nice for the babies over winter time), lots of play nooks within a large space, and separate cafť, art room, and sleep rooms. Both indoor and outdoor environments are freshly set up several times each day by teachers, to have lots of interesting and inviting play spaces with resources that encourage children to explore deeply, all with a natural feel.

We understand how special your child is and we will work hard to ensure the settling in process takes account of whatís important to you and your whanau. We offer free orientation visits for you and your child so that relationships can be built between us all. To ensure we get to know each child and family well, and can meet each childís individual preferences and needs, we work to ratios of 1 adult to 3 babies (under 12 months) and 1 adult to 4 toddlers (12 months and over).

When it is time to move ďover the fenceĒ to the Preschool, we will work with you to put in place an individual transition plan to ensure your child has plenty of time to become familiar with the new environment and teachers. We take our lead from the child as to how best to pace this.

Please phone to arrange a visit to see how special Portobelo Kaiapoi Nursery is, and what we have to offer you and your child. We will be happy to show you around and discuss your childís particular interests and strengths, and your wishes and hopes for their learning and care in our centre.

Keep scrolling down to see testimonials from our current families.

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This is what our families say...

Beauís mum says:
Beau loves the ready for school activities and feel this will set him in good stead upon beginning as a new entrant. I love seeing the board and what the children have been up to for the day. Really shows all of the teaching and learning that is happening from kitchen science to sport, to art and all else. A great vibe at Portobelo Kaiapoi Preschool - awesome to see that new things are being tried to always improve the learning areas and options for the children. Well done team you are doing a fabulous job.

Jacksonís mum says:
The children are really valued. There are always great things happening to keep the children engaged and occupied. I am happy day to day because Jackson is happy and content and enjoys his time at Portobelo. The staff seem to really enjoy the children and have a good relationship with them. After almost 9 years of involvement with the centre we are coming to the end of our time here and I am sad about that. We have loved having our kids at Portobelo.

Tobynís mum says:
I appreciate the teamís honesty and their sensitivity to Tobynís needs. The support I have always had from all staff around Tobyn's allergies certainly has made things very easy. It is awesome how his interests are always followed up on and opportunities are created for him to find out more in a safe and supportive environment. You guys are awesome!

Cody mum says:
The teachers are great, they have really helped with Cody settling in. It's local, my other 2 children have gone to/go to the preschool side and it has a great name and reviews. I love the teaching style and all the teachers are amazing.

Riley and Tylerís mum says:
Our boys feel at home at your preschool. Everyone is so lovely and approachable. The new mud kitchen is incredible - our boys love it! Itís a winning combination.

Contact Portobelo Kaiapoi Preschool & Nursery

Kaiapoi Preschool

Phone: (03) 327-9114
Mobile: 027 542 2272

Enrolment Enquiries

41 Wesley Street

Kaiapoi Nursery

Phone: (03) 327-9113
Mobile: 027 343 9943

Enrolment Enquiries

107 Otaki Street

Session Times

Morning Session
Any 4 hours, finished by 12.30 pm

Afternoon Session
Any 4 hours, starting after 12.30 pm

Hourly Session
Any 5 hour session
Any 6 hour session

Full Day Session rate (choose any booking 8 hours and over)