Getting Started

Enroling at Small Miracles

Getting your child started should be an easy and fun process! Below, you will find our latest hours of operation, attendance options and what to bring. For more information specific to your child’s needs, give us a call or pop in and see us.

Our Philosophy at Small Miracles is to:

  • welcome all children and their families/Whanau.
    Make our Pre-School a Community of Belonging
  • foster relationships in a friendly and nurturing environment.
  • provide a safe and stimulating learning environment Encourage children to be confident and capable learners
  • embrace and promote Christian values such as kindness, love, peace and tolerance.
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Term time sessions

As a non-profit pre-school, we are open during normal school terms and follow the NZ primary school holiday schedule.

Our sessions run 9am – 3pm, Monday to Friday.

Little Explorers


Little Explorers is a programme focused on supporting our older children as they transition to school.


Curriculum and Programme

As a fully licensed preschool, Small Miracles follows the recommended curriculum for early childhood in NZ, Te Whariki. Te Whariki seeks to provide excellence in education, emphasising children’s learning through play. Children are valued as individuals and nurtured, emphasising children learning through play. Children are valued as individuals and nurtured in a warm, caring environment that encourages them to share and develop their interests and ideas.

Getting started

Fees and Current changes

Our Centre offers the 20 hours subsidy which is provided by the Ministry of Education to all children over 3. All new enrolments incur a $90 administration charge to be paid on confirmation of starting date. Also, there is a $30 resource charge each term. 

Some children start with fewer sessions and build into a ful week as they get older.

Invoices are issued twice a term. There is a holding charge of 50x if your child is away for more than two weeks and we receive two weeks or more notice of this. Please note that full charges are payable if your child is away for less than two weeks and/or away with little or no notice.

2-3 year olds
$9.20 an hour, including GST
3-5 year olds
$5.50 an hour, including GST



In order for your child to reap the maximum benefits from his/her preschool education we recommend attendance as follows:

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Half Day Sessions

Your child can enrol for half day sessions 9 am - 12pm. Alternatively, an afternoon session starts at 12.30pm - 3pm Tues - Thurs.
Monday and Friday afternoon sessions are reserved for children in the Little Explorers (4 years +) programme (12:30pm-3:00pm).

Full Day Session

From 9am - 3pm, your child can be enrolled for full day sessions.

Getting started at Small Miracles should be easy and fun!

What to bring

A backpack Nappies or a change of underwear A Complete set of Spare clothing One piece of fruit for each session A sunhat A water bottle *Please label all items.

Parent Help

We encourage parents to participate in sessions at least once a term. Children love to have their parents involved and your help is invaluable to the staff

Settling in

On your child's first session we will suggest you stay for a little while so they can become familiar with the environment.

Does my child need to be potty trained

Naturally, all children are potty trained at different times. Let us know where you are at in your child's journey and ensure you have clean nappies or extra underwear in their bag.

Morning Tea

Each morning, our tamariki have a shared morning tea. Please bring a piece of fruit to contribute to the bowl. Let us know if your child has any allergies we need to be aware of.

Pick up

Our centre closes sharply at 3pm so please collect your child from their session with enough time for them to collect their belongings. We will release them from the mat only once we see their caregiver is present.

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