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North Canterbury ECE & Childcare Options

North Canterbury offers various Early Childhood Education options: kindergartens, both private and community preschools, home-based care, nannies and Playcentre (parents as educators).

If you are looking for a kindergarten or preschool, It is recommended that you visit various early childhood centres and ask plenty of questions to get a 'feel' for what suits you and your tamariki.

Browse our list of preschools/nurseries, kindergartens, home-based providers and nannies to get a feel for what is available in North Canterbury. 

Featured ECE & Childcare


Tuahiwi Community Preschool

204 Tuahiwi Road, Tuahiwi

Where learning and fun become one! Making the right choice for your child... We offer a purpose built facility with 3 spacious learning areas and a large outdoor area. All of our teachers are qualified and registered with a wealth of experience and supported by full time teacher aides. Children experience an ideal balance of structured activities and free play throughout each day.

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Organic Kids

Oxford, Pegasus, Okuku and Silverstream


Organic Kids is a locally run and established in-home care and education provider. Louise and Bec both live in Christchurch and started Organic Kids in 2015. Their home educators are all qualified and devote quality time fostering secure relationships with the children in their care. Developing a deep connection and appreciation with Papatuanuku and the natural beauties she offers us, is a big part of the programme.  Children have time to experience the beauty of nature, to be creative and imaginative within it, while developing respect in their Forest Education programmes. Children are supported and encouraged to understand the significance of nature as they learn to be kaitiaki of the land.

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Westpark Early Learning

59 Westpark Boulevard, Rangiora

Phone: 03 310 7755


Westpark Early Learning celebrates all Tamariki as unique and curious learners, while nurturing individual whanau aspirations within our Westpark community. Our centre is a home away from home, representing love, respect, and growth.

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Other ECE & Childcare options by area:

Rangiora/ Fernside/ Loburn

Annabel's Educare: Arlington, Rangiora north

Best Start: Wales Street, Rangiora north

Best Start: Percival Street, Rangiora south

Blossoms Educare: near the corner of Johns Road and Percival Street

Fernside Preschool: O'Roarkes Road

First Learners Pre-School & Nursery: Church Street, across from Dudley Aquatic Centre

Kidsfirst Kindergarten: King Street, Rangiora

Kindercare: Southbrook Road in Rangiora south

Leaps & Bounds Montessori: Johns Road, Rangiora

Peppertree and Little Peppertree Preschools: Rangiora east-central

Rangiora Nursery School: Wales Street (across from Rangiora Highschool) north-east

Rangiora Te Kohanga Reo: Ivory Street

Southbrook Early Learning Centre

Tuahiwi/ Woodend/ Pegasus

Judsons Road Early Learning Centre: Woodend

Little Ones Pre-School: Loburn

Little Wonders: Pegasus

Lollipops Educare: Pegasus

Tuahiwi Community Pre-School


Active Explorers: Beach Road

Bella Montessori Pre-School and Nursery: Carew Street

Best Start Kaiapoi: Williams Street

Best Start Silverstream: Island Road

HoneyBeez Pre-School & Nursery: Williams Street

Kaiapoi Pre-School: Tunas Street

Kids First Kindergarten: Vickery Street

Portobelo Pre-School & Nursery: Wesley Street

Rainbow Early Learning Centre: Cosgrove Road

Sovereign Star Pre-School: Williams Street

Waimak Educare: Hakarau Road

Ohoka/ Mandeville/ Swannanoa

Sweet Pea Early Learning Centre: Mandeville Road

Swannanoa Pre-School: Tram Road


Oxford Early Learning Centre: High Street

Oxford Kindy: Campbell Lane


Home-based Education/Care

Fernside - Cust: Rebecca Drury is on a lifestyle block with chickens, sheep and lambs. Flexible hours from to 6pm Monday to Friday. Trips to the Antarctic Center, Willow bank and wildlife reserves. Contact Rebecca for more information on 03 3102170 or 02040228795.

Family Tree Homebased Care: Kaiapoi, Rangiora, Swannanoa and Woodend.

Rangiora: Hannah Quick is working through PORSE in the new ElmGreen Subdivision. She is a qualified Primary School Teacher and also has experience in ECE. Contact her on 0273219464.

Swannanoa: ECE trained educator - for more information contact Stems From Home.

Organic Kids (In Home Education and Care) has educators based in Pegasus, Silverstream, Kaiapoi and Oxford, as well as nearby Christchurch suburbs (Belfast and Redwood). Visit the website more more information.

How about a Nanny?

The Nanny Company 

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