Welcome to Portobelo Kaiapoi Preschool & Nursery

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Preschool - From 2019 Parent Survey Why did you choose Portobelo Kaiapoi Preschool?

The wonderful teachers and the obvious mutual respect and love shared between the kids and teachers.

Great reviews on line, location.

We looked at 15 in total pre-schools in and around the area. I chose Portobelo because it fitted with my boys' needs best, lots of outdoor play and learning, very open door policy. Staff, and Jo are always willing to stop and answer any questions and support where needed (Jo gives great hugs on the days when you don't think you can do it anymore).

The staff have been there for ages. The environment. The ERO rating. The size of the centre. And the way it made me feel when I first visited.

Recommended by a friend.

My older son also went there and we loved the teachers, environment and learning.

Love that children are people not just a number.

I am and have always been thoroughly happy and impressed with the centre, my boys have both thrived and have loved their time there, at this time I cannot think of anything to change...

KAIAPOI.... DON'T CHANGE...... YOU ARE AWESOME. And I trust you totally with my boys.

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 café 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 ‘Ready for School’ 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 child’s particular interests and strengths, and your wishes and hopes for their learning and care in our centre.

Nursery - From 2019 Parent Survey Why did you choose Portobelo Kaiapoi Nursery?

When we went for a visit the teachers were all very friendly and not standing around talking to each other they were all interacting with the children I felt very welcome.

We just instantly clicked with the place after visiting. It was just the right mix of everything we were looking for in a daycare.

Word of mouth have never heard any negative feedback about it.

I love how Portobelo has real grass, sand, dirt, trees etc etc. Good vibes with the staff and teachers unlike others we visited.

Low staff turn over. Committed, kind and supportive teachers. Small, friendly space, Children are people not a number.

The big outdoor area and child led learning, well educated staff and friendly environment. And good ratios, very happy that Sam can have a cuddle whenever he needs one.

Close to home and love the natural outdoor spaces.

I love everything about the centre and feel confident that my son is in the best place to help him grow.

About Kaiapoi Nursery

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 children’s 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 café, 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 what’s 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 child’s 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 “over the fence” 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 child’s particular interests and strengths, and your wishes and hopes for their learning and care in our centre.

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Portobelo Kaiapoi Preschool & Nursery Staff

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Contact Portobelo Kaiapoi Preschool & Nursery

Kaiapoi Preschool

Phone: (03) 327-9113
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

Option of morning or afternoon session, short days, long days or full time.