• Welcome to Footsteps

    Footsteps Preschool is a community based, not for profit, early childhood centre with a Christian philosophy.
      • Commitment

        At Footsteps we are committed to providing a team of professional teachers. We want to make every child’s day at preschool not only happy and secure, but educational and fulfilling; extending their development in every way possible.

      • Focus

        We focus on the child’s interest. Our starting point is the individual child, giving them opportunities to initiate their own activities. Every child will learn in his or her own way.

      • Aim

        Our aim is to offer a programme that is child centred, God honouring and developmentally appropriate. We aim to lay the foundation for successful future learning. Offer experiences that will enrich children’s lives, extend their knowledge and equip them for a bright future.

      Our Mission And Priorities For Learning

      • Nurture children to grow in the love of Christ
      • Build life long, competent and confident learners to be joyful, fulfilled and respectful
      • Provide a semi structured environment
      • Teaching biblical principles, valuing and becoming familiar with God's word
      • Importance of God given task of parents as first teachers
      • Respecting diversity of and increasing familiarity of all cultures 
      • Inclusive, loving, enabling of all children, of all needs
      • Strong emphasis on our bicultural heritage/nation
      • Encourage risk taking
      • Child lead interests and activities
    • Our Fees & Sessions

      • We offer all day, morning or afternoon sessions
      • Opening hours between 8am and 3.45
      • 2 year olds $6.00 per hour, plus term fee $20.00
      • Free 20 ECE hours for all 3-5 year olds
      • 3-5 year olds $6.50 per hour (outside of 20 ECE hours) plus term fee and optional charge for additional services

       

    • Te Whariki forms the basis of our planning and assessments, together with biblical principles and teaching interwoven into our daily programme.
      We endeavour to provide a rich daily curriculum that will assist children to become competent and confident lifelong learners, developing to their fullest potential.

      At Footsteps Community Christian Preschool our aim is to nurture children to grow in the love of Christ, to help them become all that God would have them be; safe in the knowledge that they are loved by God; valued, respected and loved as the person they are and the gifts they have.
      We are committed to providing a warm, caring and supportive environment. We recognize the importance and the God given task of parents as first teachers. Our intention is to encourage partnership with parents/caregivers/whanau in the spiritual and educational formation of all children in our care.

    • Transition To School

      Building Capabilities For Living And Lifelong Learning
    • Our Transition to School Programme is for all 4 year olds, and focuses on the 5 Key Competencies.

      • Thinking
      • Language, symbols and texts
      • Managing self
      • Relating to others
      • Participating and contributing

      Our Transition To School programme, which is in line with the NZ Curriculum, identifies five key competencies for school readiness. The development of these competencies are also being met in many ways for all children throughout the day. However, the extension group is a special time for the 4 year old’s to further develop their skills in readiness for their transition to school. Lining up when your name is called to go into your own special classroom and experiencing a slightly more formal setting is all part of this journey. We receive very positive feedback from both parents and schools as to how well prepared the Footsteps children are when they start school.

    • See Our Preschool Photo Gallery!

    • Meet Our Staff

      With education and experience in early childhood care
      • Hilary
        Education Manager
      • Jenny
        Business Manager
      • Charlene
        Senior Teacher
      • Nina
        Teacher
      • Kelly
        Teacher
      • Elaine
        Teacher
      • Jana
        Teacher
      • Kal
        Teacher
      • Sasi
        Teacher Support
      • Jennifer
        Teacher Support
      • Leone
        Teacher Support
    • View More About Our Staff Members!

      • Fable Kindergarten is a great place for my daughter to start her schooling experience. It’s welcoming and safe and my daughter loves being there.

        Matthew D. Campbell
      • I have a 1 year old and a 5 year old who have been attending for a year now. I can not tell you how much I adore and appreciate all of the wonderful staff.

        Kenneth M. Garcia
      • I have to say that I have 2 children ages 5 and 2 and have used various daycare’s in Kindergartens and this is by far the very best I have ever used.

        Cecil J. Kirk
      • Fable Kindergarten is a great place for my daughter to start her schooling experience. It’s welcoming and safe and my daughter loves being there.

        Joe R. Hamblen
      • This letter is to recognize you and your staff for doing an excellent job teaching my son. His skill level is significantly better since attending Fable.

        Tony I. Robinette
      • I have to say that I have 2 children ages 5 and 2 and have used various daycare’s in Kindergartens and this is by far the very best I have ever used.

        Emma E. Shook
    • Contact Us

      • Sessions

        Morning, Afternoon,
        and All Day Sessions

      • Postal Address

        Footsteps Christian Community Preschool
        5 Grants Road, Papanui
        Christchurch, 8053

      • Phone & E-mail

        Phone: (03) 354 6322
        footsteps@pre-school.co.nz