• Commitment

    We are committed to providing a team of professional teachers.

  • Focus

    We focus on providing opportunities to initiate their own activities.

  • Aim

    We aim to lay down the foundation for successful future learning.

Welcome to Footsteps Preschool.

We are a community based, not for profit, early childhood centre with a Christian philosophy.

Our aim is to offer a programme that is child centred, God honouring and developmentally appropriate.

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

Every child can learn in his or her own way.

Our starting point is the individual child, giving them opportunities to initiate their own activities.

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.

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Our Fees & Sessions.

We endeavour to provide a rich daily curriculum that will assist children to become competent and confident lifelong learners, developing to their fullest potential.
  • $6.50 / hour
    2 Year Olds
    We offer all day, morning or afternoon sessions.
    • Mornings 9.00am-12.00pm
    • Afternoons 12.30pm-3.45pm
    • All day sessions available
  • $7.00 / hour
    3-5 Year Olds
    Optional additional services available.
    • Mornings 9.00am-12.00pm
    • Afternoons 12.30pm-3.45pm
    • Get 20 ECE hours Free!

Transition to School 5 Key Competencies.

Our Transition To School programme, identifies five key competencies for school readiness. 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.

  • Participating & contributing

    In your own special classroom.

  • Language, symbols & texts

    Further develop skills for transition to school.

  • Thinking

    Perparing readiness for the journey ahead.

  • Managing self

    Lining up when your name is called.

  • Relating to others

    Experience a slightly more formal setting.

  • All four of my children have been a part of the Footsteps family. The teachers greet you with love and enthusiasm. They take the time to know each family and assist the parents in any way they can, whether it is behavioural or social assistance the child may need, they do it with love and guidance.The atmosphere is joyful and calm, they teach the children how to live like Christ and the teachers show it daily in their own interactions with the children. I would highly recommend this preschool for your child!

    Clarke Family
  • Over the last 4 years we have had the pleasure of sending two of our children to Footsteps Christian Community Preschool. We love every aspect of this wonderful preschool. The staff are always so welcoming and caring toward our children, from day one there has been a deep sense of belonging and lovely relationships formed with all staff members. We are a Christian family and love how our faith is embraced in the everyday teachings and the impact it has on our children, I felt Footsteps helped build the foundations of their faith alongside our family input. Our time at Footsteps will always be treasured!

    Smith Family
  • We love Footsteps Christian Community Preschool. We love that they provide a quality Christian focussed education for our little ones. We love that the beliefs of our home environment can seamlessly carry through to our children's early childhood education. The staff and teachers are amazing, caring about our children as if they are their own, and making wonderful bonds with them. We love the great spaces and resources they have available, especially the four year old programme to prepare the children for school. The best part is how much our kids love going to preschool!

    Bates Family
  • Coming from an ECE background myself I was super fussy in what I wanted for our two boys. We have been so impressed by the quality of care and education Footsteps provides. The biggest thing that stood out to us when looking was the length of time the amazing staff have been there for, that speaks volumes in the type of environment it is. We are so blessed to be apart of the family!

    van der Bel Family

Meet Our Dedicated Staff

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.

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.

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Our postal address and contact details.
  • Postal Address

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

  • Phone & E-mail

    Phone: (03) 354 6322

  • Business Hours

    Monday – Friday
    7.45 am – 3.45 pm
    Weekend Closed

  • Sessions

    Mornings, 9.00am – 12.00pm
    Afternoon, 12.30pm – 3.45pm
    Full/Part Day, 7.45am – 3.45pm