Our Philosophy



We provide an open and welcoming environment, ensuring we are available, supportive and responsive to the needs of our whanau, working in partnership in a respectful and considerate manner, enabling trusting, friendly, and reciprocal relationships to flourish.

We acknowledge that children learn through play, and we endeavour to foster a love of learning in all children by responding to learning opportunities and children's interests as they arise.  We respect and value their voices and experiences, and support their needs by providing a caring, collaborative and inclusive learning environment.


We are committed to the children's well being and development and we support each child's unique set of capabilities through our programme planning, which encompasses all aspects of our curriculum, Te Whariki, together with thorough assessment and evaluation procedures.


Our exceptional outdoor area enables us to provide a safe, equitable all year round programme of physical activity, nature study and environmental awareness supporting and encouraging children's participation, contribution and independence.


We honour, acknowledge and are committed to New Zealand's bi-cultural heritage. We have an open door policy for all families in the local and wider community and people of all backgrounds and cultures are welcomed, valued and respected.

Our Centre's excellent reputation for providing high quality care and education is maintained and enhanced through our team's professionalism and commitment to ongoing learning and professional development.



Call Us: (03) 544 6667  /  firstyears@xtra.co.nz   /  61a Salisbury Rd, Richmond, NELSON 7020

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