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Nurturing Rangiora's children in a fun, flexible, creative and relaxed educational environment.

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The Rangiora Nursery School is a preschool that has been teaching children in North Canterbury since 1938. We are community based and non-profit; meaning all funds raised are reinvested into the Nursery School.


Our play areas are well resourced, and we have a large outdoor area and a spacious indoor play area.


Our experienced and caring staff are all fully registered and we have higher than Ministry regulation adult to child ratio.


Rangiora Nursery School is run by a Volunteer Board of Trustees, made up of past and present parents. We value family involvement and participation, and have an open-door policy. We also have a unique relationship with Rangiora High School, with reciprocal learning opportunities between the two schools. 


Come and visit us to see what Rangiora Nursery School is all about; we would love to see you!


Ngā mihi nui


We will promote and nurture feelings of self worth, confidence, independence, creativity and a desire to discover, question and develop our children to become lifelong learners.

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Our Mission
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for Parents

Since 1938 children have thrived in our family-friendly, fun, flexible, creative and relaxed educational environment.

We are proud of Nursery School’s history and heritage, and value the importance and respect, and the collaborative partnership that we and the community have together to ensure Nursery School continues to effectively provide quality early childhood education.

Our age range is from 2 – 5 years, up to 6 years of age, and we provide FREE 20 hours of Early Childhood Education!


Our Opening Hours

We are open Monday – Friday


Children can attend:

9am – 3pm FREE (conditions apply)

8.45am – 3.15pm

8.30am – 3.30pm

Closed for 6 weeks over Christmas Break.

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Early Childhood Education under the
Covid-19 Protection Framework

We will always regard the health and safety of our tamariki and staff with the upmost importance. We continue to take advice and guidance from the Ministry of Education as to the requirements under the Covid Protection Framework.


Any changes to restrictions and requirements will be communicated to all families/whānau as soon as possible. 


If you have any queries or concerns, please don't hesitate to speak to Viv, our Centre Manager.

Our Daily Programme

8:30am: Children start arriving / self-selected play facilitated by teachers

Free Play: Indoor/Outdoor activities

10:00am: Morning tea time followed by self-selected play facilitated by teachers.

Free Play: Indoor/Outdoor activities

11:45am: Tidy up for lunch – children helping

12:15pm –12:30pm: Lunch for children sitting at tables with staff

Free Play: Indoor/Outdoor activities

2:00pm: Afternoon tea for children at table (optional)

2:25pm: Tidy up – ‘team-work’- children and adults helping

2:45pm: End of day mat-time for all children

3.00pm: Children start leaving 

3:15 / 3:30pm: Children attending longer day leave (some staff clean and prepare for next day); other children quiet reading/play

3:30pm: Staff undertake individual professional non-contact

4:00pm: Staff leave


On occasions, there are variations to the daily routines, such as trips out of the centre, special visitors, Birthday or Farewell group time.


Our Teaching Philosophy

  • We recognise Te Tiriti O Waitangi, as our founding document and Aotearoa-New Zealand’s unique and special cultural heritage and provide an environment where all families/whānau are warmly welcomed, feel valued and where they know that they have a place as active participants in their child’s learning. 

  • We recognise play as the learning focus for our holistic curriculum, Te Whāriki, which encompasses all dimensions of a child’s world and to provide experiences that are inclusive of their family, aspirations and opinions, which promote learning and development.

  • We will provide experiences that empower children’s learning - whakamana to provide them with the knowledge, strategies and skills for successful learning and achievement, and that provides for opportunities to extend current knowledge and develop future skills. 

  • As experienced and qualified teachers, we value and are committed to reciprocal, inclusive and responsive relationships-whanaungatanga in partnership with the children, their parents, family and whanau.

  • We endeavour to promote an inclusive teaching environment that supports and encourages individual and collective interaction – kotahitanga, builds social competency, exploration, participation and contribution and embrace children’s heritage and language. 

  • We are committed to life-long learning through regular appraisals and the provision of opportunities for teachers to access professional development or further training. 

  • We strive to instill in Tamariki a sense of guardianship-kaitiakitanga and conservation of our natural environment. We recognise that environmental education and promoting education for sustainability are integral aspects of the centre kaupapa. 

  • We are proud of Nursery School’s history and heritage, and value the importance and respect, and the collaborative partnership that we and the community have together to ensure Nursery School continues to effectively provide quality early childhood education. 


Reviewed 2024

For more information please call us, we'd love to help! 
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