About Us

Country Kids is a Community Centre and is fully licensed under the 2008 Early Childhood Education Regulations. This means that we have met or have exceeded all of the Ministry of Education requirements. Based in a purpose built facility in the village of Upper Moutere, we have been operating for over 30 years, and are fortunate to be supported by a wonderful community.

We are open from 7:30am-5:00pm Monday to Thursday and 8:00am to 5:00pm Friday.

Taken after Country Kids 30th Birthday celebration in November 2017


To achieve high quality early childhood education and care that is accessible to all families while meeting the needs of our community.

Our Philosophy

Way of Being:

  1. We promote well informed practice in Health, Safety and Wellbeing. We are mindful of each other’s needs.
  2. Manaakitanga means to care for someone’s mana. We demonstrate this through our values; our integrity, providing equity, generosity, sincerity and trusting relationships.
  3. An inclusive learning environment where children feel safe, secure and have a well-developed sense of belonging.
  4. We strive to have a holistic approach to our health and wellbeing; embracing and recognising the humourous side of ourselves and the world.

Way of Knowing:

  1. Meaningful relationships are based on trust, respect, open honest communication, which inspires exciting learning.
  2. Curiosity, inquiry, working together and having fun form the foundations of learning.
  3. At CK we promote learning through play; encouraging imagination, exploration, risk taking, discovery and new ideas.
  4. The Country Kids team learn and contribute valuable knowledge to promote the best learning outcomes for our akonga.

Way of Doing:

  1. Learning through play is fun, spontaneous and valued for each child and their family/whanau.
  2. Our Curriculum is rich and meaningful, children are encouraged to celebrate their individual learning and multiple intelligences.
  3. Teachers know their own strengths and work interdependently to create exciting learning where everyone is involved and working together.
  4. Children and teachers play and work cooperatively, developing and enhancing creative minds.

Way of Positioning:

  1. Country Kids is a not for profit community owned and operated centre with strong links to our wider Whaanau Tangata – we believe in families working, learning and sharing knowledge together.
  2. As teachers we reflect holistically, being mindful of those advantaged, disadvantaged, silenced or marginalized among us.
  3. We have an inclusive learning environment where children feel safe, secure and have a well-developed sense of belonging.
  4. We respect and celebrate Te Tiriti O Waitangi through our curriculum, our philosophy and teaching practices.
  5. We are respectful of the impact our actions have on others and the environment. We strive to be professional and behave with integrity at all times.

Community Owned and Managed

We are an Incorporated Society with charitable status. Being a not-for profit organisation means that all income is used for the benefit of the Centre and the children. An elected Board from parents and community, has the overall responsibility for the aims of Country Kids Incorporated. Membership of the Society is required and there is an annual fee of $15. Your management team and Board appreciates any support, ideas and help from all members.