Welcome to Ashburton Baptist Preschool

Our Centre is part of the ministry and outreach of the Ashburton Baptist Church and is licensed as a full day education and care centre, open from 7.30am – 6.00pm. It is open to all families in the community and provides a secure atmosphere where children learn new skills and experience a wide range of activities and experiences to build on and challenge their individual interests and learning e.g. painting, play dough, collage, puzzles, blocks, construction, cooking and family play. The environment is set up to foster creativity, problem-solving skills, maths, science, music, drama, language and social skills.

The Centre aims to provide a caring and supportive Christian environment to the families who choose to join us.


The Ministry of Education licenses Ashburton Baptist Preschool for 69 children.


The Centre is open from Monday to Friday from 8am-5.30pm.
We close for all Public Holidays and for two weeks at Christmas-time.


The Main Office is situated at 8 Eton Street between the two entrance gates. The Manager, is there most days between 9.00am and 3.00pm.


The programme we offer your child reflects Te Whaariki, the early childhood curriculum. The curriculum is all the experiences, activities and events, whether direct or indirect, which occur within the Centre.

The four principles on which Te Whaariki is founded are:

  • Empowerment – Whakamana – Empowering children to grow and learn.
  • Holistic Development – Kotahitanga – Physical, emotional, spiritual, cognitive and social aspect.
  • Family and Community – Whanau Tangata – The child’s world.
  • Relationships – Nga Hononga – children learn through responsive and reciprocal relationships with people, places and things.

This covers the following areas:
Well-being – children’s health – both physical and emotional, is nurtured and they are kept safe from harm. Our routines are structured to meet individual needs.

Belonging – our Centre strives to provide a ‘home-like’ atmosphere. Connecting links to the child’s home are affirmed and extended. The limits and boundaries of acceptable behaviour are shared with all. Children’s developing social skills are nurtured in our centre.

Contribution – children are affirmed as individuals and opportunities for learning are available to all. Children’s interests and learning styles form the basis of programming in the centre.

Communication – children and adults interact in positive ways. Both verbal and non-verbal communication skills are encouraged. Communication tools of words, pictures, shapes, numbers, books, drama, music, dance, creativity are explored and extended.

Exploration – children learn through active exploration of the environment, with freedom to move indoors and outdoors. Problem solving skills through thinking and reasoning are encouraged, as well as caring for the world around us.