Daycare and preschool. Full and half-day sessions for ages three months to five years.


(Infant and Toddler Room)

Only $6.10 per hour

Low teacher:child ratio

Primary caregiving

Free movement advocates

Great outdoor space

Morning & afternoon sessions available

The child is at the heart of our programme

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(Young Children Room)

Only $5.90 per hour

Key Teacher

Bi-cultural programme

Transition to School programme

Great outdoor space

Morning & afternoon sessions available

The child is at the heart of our programme

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Frequently asked questions

Do you provide meals?

Mealtimes are central to our routines and culture here at Healthkids. As part of respecting childrens individual preferences and whanau cultural values around food we have each child bring in packed lunchboxes from home.

We are part of the healthy heart programme and therefore encourage healthy lunches with very limited packaged food.

We are happy to heat up any lunches for children.

Please visit the healthy heart foundation Heart Foundation NZ or ForBaby (see the Fingerfood Ideas) or speak to any of the teachers at Healthkids for some more lunchbox inspiration.

What is the child / teacher ratio?

The Ministry of Education ratios are one adult for every ten children over two years of age and one adult for five infants and toddlers under the age of two years old.

At Healthkids we are proud to provide ratios well within these guidelines.

In our Potiki room (3 months to 2 years old) we have a minimum 1:4 ratio and in our Teina/Tuakana Room we have a minimum ratio of 1:8.

What is the current price for full-time hours?

As a non-profit community based centre we work hard to keep our costs to families as low as possible.

We charge $6.10 an hour for under two’s and $5.90 an hour for over two year olds.

We offer 20 hours free ECE when a child turns three years of age; we can also support families applying for WINZ subsidies and administer Family Start payments.

How can I be involved?

We welcome and value parent and whanau input into your child’s day to day programme and routine.

There is plenty of research to support that the outcomes for childrens learning and development is greater with parent and whanau actively involved in the childs early learning programme.

As a parent of a child at Healthkids you will communicate on a daily basis with your child’s teaching team; you will be invited frequently via Storypark to collaborate with teachers on your child’s learning; you will be invited to our excursions, family days, working bees and fundraisers.

As we are a community based service we operate with a Senior Teacher and a Governance Board also known as our Board of Trustees. You are welcome to join our Board of Trustees and either take on a formal role or help us with fundraisers and/or work around the centre to improve the learning environment for our community.

Will a particular teacher be responsible for my child?

Yes. In our Potiki room we run our programme with a Primary caregiver model which ensures that each child is assigned (or chooses) his/her own teacher to be their ‘special’ person whilst attending Healthkids.

Our primary caregiver model also allows for a shadow teacher to develop a relationship with your child and whanau ensuring that in times of leave or when your primary teacher is out of the room your child still has a supportive and nurturing person to share time with.

In our Teina/Tuakana room we operate with a key caregiver model. This is similar to the Primary caregiver model in that during your transition to our centre you will have a key teacher to support both tamariki and whanau. This teacher also has overall responsibility for planning and assessment to support and guide the childs growing learning and development.

How many children are in the group at any one time?

We have a very small family friendly centre. We are licenced for up to 12 children in our Potiki (Infant and Toddler Room), but usually run with a maximum of 11 children. In our Teina/Tuakana (Young Children Room) we have up to 26 children.

What does Healthkids think is important for childrens learning?

We believe that for children to succeed in their learning journey that they must have responsive, reciprocal and nurturing relationships with kaiako.

We are strongly influenced by a ‘learning through play’ philosophy and provide both structured and unstructured play opportunities to support children in gaining the necessary skills and dispositions to become successful lifelong learners.

Our role as teachers is to assist children in developing healthy social competencies. We believe children are active participants in their own learning and need time and space to explore and develop their own working theories. We believe strong relationships with families and whanau are crucial for children’s successful learning journeys.

How do I transition my child into Healthkids preschool?

Each child and family are offered two free settling sessions with parents/whanau and caregivers of at least three hours in duration.

As we absolutely realise all children are individuals and sometimes it may take a little longer for children to settle into new environments. With this in mind you and your family are welcome to visit as often and as long as you like until both whanau and child are settled and showing signs of been comfortable to be left without your parent.

For further information please follow the link below for our Transition from Home to Centre Policy.

What is you’re approach to managing difficult behaviour?

At Healthkids we provide an environment where children will provide an environment where tamariki are supported to develop their social and emotional competence and appropriate behaviour.

In our Tuakana/Teina room with the children we have developed a ‘Treaty’ which sets out expectations for behaviour we revisit this regularly.

Many of our teachers have attended the ‘Incredible Years’ programme and we implement a range of strategies focused on positive behaviour strategies.

If there is an ongoing concern about a child’s behaviour we will work with the whanau (and if necessary outside agencies) to work out consistent positive behaviour strategies between home and the centre.

What should my child wear, and will he or she need spare clothes?

As part of our programme we often have painting, messy play, mud play, water play and sand play available throughout our day and there is an expectation that children may go home with clothes that have evidence of a productive day.

We do not provide aprons for childrens play as we feel this inhibits their natural curiosity and learning agendas.

Therefore we suggest your child has clothes specifically for their time with us at Healthkids that you are comfortable to get messy. We also have regular walks (to visit local schools, parks and be a part of our community)so please bring along appropriate footwear.

Finally, please consider the seasons (ie. Sunhats are required in the warm months and beanies are great for the cooler months) as we have a strict must wear hats in Summer policy.

Where can I find your most recent ERO review?

The full review is available online.


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Two free settling sessions with parent/caregiver/whanau, of at least three hours duration, are essential for every newly enrolled child prior to regular attendance. Children who will have all day bookings will have one morning settling session and one afternoon settling session. Each of these will be of at least three hours duration.

The settling sessions enable parents to become familiar with the days’ routines of the centre and enable the teachers to establish a relationship with the family as well as the child. Should the child require more settling sessions, this will be arranged between the parent, primary caregiver and administrator.

Every new child will be assigned a primary caregiver at some time during the settling period and will be available to meet with the family. The assigned Primary Caregiver will be released, during these settling sessions to build their relationships with the child and their parent/caregiver/whānau.

The primary caregiver’s responsibilities will be:- to assist the child’s separation from parents/caregivers. to nurture the child’s emotional, intellectual and physical wellbeing to carry out assessment, planning and evaluation processes of individual children to maintain individual children’s profile books to work in partnership with parents/whānau in providing informal and formal feedback regarding the child’s day, progress and wellbeing. to inform staff and document individual children’s’ needs, sleeps and allergies

Parents/caregivers/whānau will be informed of the centres ‘Transition of Children Policy and Primary Care Giver Policy’ by their primary caregiving teacher. The Operations Manual will be available and accessible for parents to view.

A ‘Getting To Know You’ form for Infant & Toddler’s and a ‘My name is’ form for Young Children will be completed by all parents/caregivers/whānau. This information assists the primary caregiver and other staff in understanding and settling the child and thus creating vital links between home and centre.

If a child is not settling well and/or becomes overly distressed, the parents/caregivers/whānau will be contacted and asked to come to the centre and remain with the child.

If a child has not settled after four weeks the appointed primary caregiver will meet with the parents/caregivers/whānau to discuss support strategies.

Parents/caregivers/whānau will not leave their child at the centre without saying goodbye. Teachers will support parents/caregivers/whānau in verbalising their intention to leave their child.

Parents/caregivers/whānau will be invited by their primary caregiving teacher to contact the centre at any stage during their child’s session to make enquires regarding their child’s wellbeing.

Parents/caregivers/whānau are able to leave a special comforter (e.g. toy) for their settling child and to leave any settling object for a sleeping child (e.g. blanket, toy, cloth) as this is an important link between home and centre.

Teachers will be aware of children’s progress throughout the day and will be available to give feedback to parents/caregivers/whānau at pick up time.

Daily record is kept, and is available, for parents/caregivers/whānau about their child’s sleeps, nappy changes, bottles, toileting or additional food provided. For infants and Toddlers – these records are on the sign-in register clipboard. For Young Children – these records are on the bathroom and sleep room clipboards.

Healthkids Preschool

49 Tipahi Street, Nelson, NZ

(03) 546 9963

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