Little Peppertree Preschool

Little Peppertree Preschool is located next door to Peppertree and can be accessed via a back lane as well as  East Belt.  

Little Peppertree is a small, homely and welcoming Preschool licensed for 25 children from two to five years.  It is unique with strong relationships between staff, whanau and children.  Our natural outdoor environment includes real grass, a path for scooters and bikes, sandpit, lots of equipment to climb and explore, vege gardens and a covered verandah so that we can still get outside on rainy days.

The Education Review Office visited us in July 2019.  They commented on how "children play purposefully in a calm, unhurried environment"  and how we "support children's learning particularly in sustainable practises and science". They liked what they saw so much that they visited us again and have incorporated our teaching in a special science ERO publication, yet to be published.  For the full ERO report click here.

Come and visit to see the difference or contact us for more info.

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Our Programme

Our programme offers a balance between structured and free choice learning experiences. The monthly focus comes from the children's interests and includes dress up days, community excursions including bus trips. Each week we focus on a colour, shape, number and letter.

Our programme is based on the curriculum for early childhood centres - Te Whaariki. We provide the children with opportunities to explore the 16 areas of play. We carefully plan our indoor and outdoor environments to meet the children's individual learning goals providing them with stimulating and fun activities.

We have mini group times in the morning where the children are spilt into  age appropriate groups and the teachers prepare activities which meet the developmental needs of the children. Before lunch we gather together and then have a music and movement group time before afternoon tea.

Our Staff

We have a small team of committed staff at Little Peppertree led by our Supervisor Kate Swaine.  Kate has been teaching at Little Peppertree Preschool since it first opened.  Kate is assisted by Cheri, Lois and Katherine.  

Leah Wayland, our office manager works each morning and is based at the Peppertree Office.  Please do not hesitate to contact her for any of your admin queries.

When our staff are sick or away they are replaced by our own relieving staff.  We carefully screen relievers and train them to our high standards so that when staff are on leave our programme is administered in the same way.


"Everything is excellent especially the one on one interaction with every child"

Kopa Lee

"I think all of the teachers are amazing and I am going to miss all of the incredible information that she brings home and shares with us"

Sonya Bell

"A great little Preschool. The kids loved it. Lovely Teachers. A great environment for kids"

Kate Cook

"We love the warm and welcoming atmosphere at Little Peppertree and the friendliness of the awesome Ladies. Super outdoor area and we really appreciate how you take our children's interests into consideration."

Rebecca Richardson

"Little Peppertree has been a lovely homely preschool for my children. The teachers are wonderful and setup specific play activities that will also enhance children's learning experience. I highly recommend!"

Judith Carstens