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Aro Valley Preschool

Nestled in central Wellington in the heart of Aro Valley, our early childhood education centre believes children learn best through play!


Aro Valley Preschool

A community, not-for-profit, preschool

With families from local suburbs – Brooklyn, Highbury, Wellington Central, Kelburn, Mt Cook, Karori, Te Aro and, of course, Aro Valley itself – Aro Valley Preschool is a small community within a larger community –the connection families have with others, creates a sense of extended family within the preschool – where families help each other out and support new families to settle in.

Our community preschool is run by a parent committee, who assist with the governance of the preschool – budgets, policies, and fundraising are just a few of the tasks they participate in.  A community preschool is not for profit – all money received by the Ministry of Education and from parent fees goes back into the preschool and helps to pay for quality teachers, lower ratios, preschool maintenance, running costs, and equipment.

Learning through play

Through play, children learn how to think for themselves, problem-solve, experiment, evaluate, and use trial and error to work through challenges.  They become critical and creative thinkers who show persistence in difficulties.  While playing, children also learn interpersonal skills, such as practicing communication, negotiation, listening, and sharing ideas.  Play-based learning helps develop a child’s self-esteem, resilience, and desire for knowledge. All this learning while having lots of fun!