Thank you - To the team at Portbobelo Preschool and Nursery Kaiapoi

I am writing to say a massive thank you to the exceptional level of service you have provided to my son Dominic over the past 2 and half years.

It is never easy as a mum to return to work and entrust people with the care of their child but you have made it so much easier knowing that Dom is in the best hands possible. Over Dom's time at Portobelo I have seen him grow into confident happy settled wee man and the constant growth in his education has been phenomenal and that is due to the hard work and dedication of your team, especially Stacey whom Dom has built a strong bond with and talks about regularly.

Thank you so much and I will continue to recommend your preschool to all my friends that are beginning to look at preschools for their children.
Jaimee & Dom


Portobelo Otaki and Wesley Street
My children attend the Otaki and Wesley St Portobelo Preschools. My husband and I are extremely impressed with the calibre of the staff at both preschools, with the Supervisors providing very hands-on, caring leadership. Tears at my departure (from the children, usually not me!) were managed assertively yet sensitively during the initial weeks, and toilet training is now handled with the same sensitivity. I can approach any staff member and ask how my children are going, with each response indicating they have spent a lot of time with my children and have thought a lot about their functioning. Planning is highly individualised and focused on my children's particular strengths and needs - which they are very astute at identifying. My children are constantly telling us new facts they have learnt, singing new songs, and teaching us new games- all learnt during their two sessions at Portobelo each week. The environment is relaxed, fun and educational, with parents made to feel welcome. Keep up the fantastic work!


Wesley Street
30th September 2011
Dear Lyn,
I am writing to express my gratitude for the great care and education my daughter Jazmyn has received since starting at Portobelo. Coming from another centre, Jazmyn had already established strong bonds with her teachers and fellow peers. She really struggled at first to settle into Portobelo life. But with such great support from Helen and her team- she has blossomed! The programme is very child centered and follows the children's interests. This has enabled Jazmyn to be involved in some amazing activities which she has help lead. Through her interests being addressed it has shown Jazmyn that her opinions and ideas are valued. I feel that my daughter has really got her confidence back, and she happily tells me about her day with excitement in her voice. She now has a group of friends which share the same interests, and I am sure these friendships will only get stronger.
Once again thank you to Helen and the team for doing an amazing job.
Daniel Burt


Portobelo Otaki Street
Hi Lyn
I will very much miss the children and staff at Portobelo, from both a staff member and parent's point of view. I'm not sure I will be able to find a centre for Lukas in Wellington that matches Portobelo and that he will enjoy attending as much. It could be a long, drawn out process!
The staff you have employed are all wonderful at their jobs, and a real asset to the centres. I am sure on Lukas's last day there will be tears from me at having to leave behind people who have encouraged, supported and cared for him since he was so young. Although I have not had anything to do with Avonhead, my niece attends there and the difference in her since she began late last year is immense.
Once again, many thanks for allowing me the opportunity to work alongside, and learn from, such great staff and children.



Portobelo Cranmer
We have been delighted with the quality of care Ella and Sophie have received while at Portobelo over the past two years.
The care and service Sophie and Ella have received has always been of the best quality and we have always been confident that they were enjoying a valuable early childhood experience in a loving and warm environment. The staff have been wonderful and Ella and Sophie think the world of them all!
We will miss the special character of Portobelo Cranmer and, of course, all of the staff, children and families! Thank you so much for all you have done for our family. We will miss you all very much.
With many thanks and best wishes
Madeleine Williams and Brendon Thorpe