ABOUT Waitaki Valley Preschool

Our Preschool is a community board run centre. We provide quality early childhood care and education to families/whānau of the Waitaki Valley area


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Families are a child’s first educator, we want to work in partnership with you to offer your child an individualised learning plan. Come along to meet the staff and see for yourself what our environment would offer your family.

We encourage family involvement at all times! If you just want to spend some time with your child or have ideas or skills that you wish to share with us, we would love to arrange a time that suits. This is a wonderful way to provide a varied and exciting program that reflects the interests of our community. We may ask you up to once a term to help with fundraising efforts or working bees that are organised by our fundraising committee. They make a significant contribution to us each year that allows us to purchase exceptional resources.

We email most information direct to families so ask that you keep us updated with a current email address. Each family is also given a pocket situated in our foyer. This will contain anything that cannot be emailed so please check it daily.

A newsletter is published regularly to inform families about the Preschools activities and any special events.


opening Hours

The Preschool is open for children between the hours of 8:30am and 3:30pm Monday to Friday.

We are closed all statutory holidays, for a period over Christmas holidays and for two weeks during the July primary school holidays. You will not be charged during these shut down periods.

For times not mentioned above that primary schools are closed, we have an optional holiday program.


We cater for children aged from 3 months old, up to six years of age.

Many children are eligible for the “OSCAR Childcare Subsidy” from WINZ that can cover part or all their fee!