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Pre-school

“Every child’s individuality is acknowledged and celebrated. Our Pre-school programme ensures that all children are encouraged to explore their world, knowing their curiosity and wonder is valued and nurtured.”
Amanda Jack, Head of Pre-school

In the bright, modern learning environment at St Andrew’s College Pre-school, children can freely explore their individual interests with lots of support and encouragement. Our Pre-school’s biggest asset is our warm, friendly, fully registered teachers. They have a genuine love for the children, and are dedicated to providing a nurturing, safe environment in which the children can thrive.

A brand new Pre-school with bespoke playgrounds opened at the start of 2018. A vibrant classroom area provides a colourful backdrop for inquiry based learning, imaginative play and creative pursuits. A love of the natural world is encouraged, with the philosophy that supporting the children to care for plants and animals (such as a vegetable garden, life cycles of butterflies and frogs, and tropical fish) helps them to discover things about themselves and to develop their sense of Wairua, or spirit.

The Pre-school collaborates closely with the Preparatory School to develop the curriculum, share resources, and implement exciting transition to school initiatives to ensure the children are well prepared for school. Numeracy and literacy skills are enhanced in the Pre-school’s extension room, which is equipped with Montessori resources.

The St Andrew’s College Pre-school accepts children aged from two years and offers 20 hours of ECE funding. Click here to find out more about our fees.

Term dates, hours and locations

The Pre-school is located at the St Andrew's College grounds, Normans Road off Papanui Road, Christchurch.

Our hours of operation are 8.00am–4.30pm Monday to Friday. We also continue to operate during school holidays. We offer session-based places for children aged from two and a half years.

ERO Report 2015

Click here to read the Pre-school ERO Report from 2015 covering the following:
1. Evaluation of St Andrew's College Pre-school
2. Information about the Early Childhood Service
3. General Information about Early Childhood Reviews

Our Core Values

COMPASSION
Love, Respect and Honesty

CONNECTION
Relationships, Trust and Community 

INSPIRATION
Creativity, Fun and Enjoyment

INQUIRY
Reflection, Exploration and Learning

For further information

For further information please contact Head of Pre-school, Amanda Jack on preschool@stac.school.nz or +64 3 940 2030.