Our Philosophy

  • Healthkids is a well established early childhood centre that is a not for profit community based business that has been open since August 1996 to many families of the Nelson and outer regions. We pride ourselves on providing a quality service that is in strong demand.

    We are a licensed, chartered education and care centre as defined in the Education Act 1989. This act requires early childhood centres to be licensed by the Secretary for Education. The standards, which must be met for a centre to be licensed, are contained in the Education (Early Childhood Centres Regulations 1998/2008).

    These standards relate to the centre’s premises and facilities, curriculum, staffing and management practices. They are intended to ensure the health, safety and well being of all children and staff while they are at the centre. Under current government policy only centres with approved charters are able to receive Crown revenue, bulk funding from the government.

    We have a committed early childhood trained staff and a Board of Trustee’s, made up by parents of the centre who ensure our Philosophy Statement is upheld at all times.

    Our Philosophy

     “Ensuring a good foundation for future learning”

    At Healthkids Preschool children will experience a fun, safe, stimulating and positive environment. Our programme encourages children to learn through reciprocal relationships, creativity, play, communication, exploration and our teaching staff will support them by providing a balance of structured and unstructured learning experiences.

    • To incorporate bi-cultural heritage of Aotearoa in all policies and procedures.
    • To promote respect and foster equality of all cultures within the centre.
    • We consult closely with parents/caregivers/whānau respecting their needs and providing support, as they know their child(ren) best.
    • We believe in developing close secure relationships between teachers and children. Particular emphasis in the Infant and Toddler’s is on forming a close bond with the primary caregiver.
    • We assist children in developing healthy social relationships.
    • We encourage and foster independence in our children and support them to make meaningful decisions and choices.
    • We recognise the importance of respectfully nurturing a child’s unique emotional well-being.
    • We support the children to be creative and develop their intellectual and physical potential. 


    • We believe in providing a warm, nurturing and safe environment that respects Infants and Toddlers as capable learners.
    • Children are active participants in their own learning through being given time and space to explore and develop their own working theories.
    • we are committed to building strong partnerships with whānau.