Located in the picturesque Moutere Valley, Country Kids was opened in 1987. The original building and land was donated by the Moutere Hills Uniting Church. The Centre was established for the children and families of the local district, especially through the busy harvest season when often both parents would be involved in the harvest. The district has a rich background with families today still connected to original English and German pioneering settlements.
Back in 1987 the Centre was called the Moutere District Child Care Centre. It originally began with six children enrolled in a house on Neudorf road. There was a strong rural base with tobacco, hops, apples, saw milling and sheep farming. These days families are more diverse with grapes replacing tobacco and many parents commuting to work in ‘town’ or bringing their profession to the country.
In 1996 the name was changed to Country Kids. An additional programme was started for older children, called “Just 4 Kids” with an emphasis on education to assist them prepare for their future learning. In 1999 a second classroom was added to accommodate this very popular class along with a brand new playground facing North and catching all day sun.
Today Country Kids has a roll of around 60 children with a maximum of 50 children attending at any one time between the ages of 6 weeks to 5 years. Now all our teachers are certificated teachers. In more recent years (2008) our buildings were once again extended to provide better learning facilities. We now have three classrooms, a staff room and an administration area.
What parents are saying about us!
Well my child is off to school and again I am so grateful for the fantastic environment of Country Kids. She has loved every minute of J4kids. You guys make so much difference to how our kids grow, develop and learn. Thanks heaps for the time my daughter has spent in your capable hands. Best wishes
Thank you so much for your wonderful care of our children over the last few years. They have very happy memories of their time here, and the special relationships made with their teachers, and the other children. We’ve always been so impressed with the fun, energy, and genuine interest and caring of our children. There is always a high level…READ MORE
To Country Kids Well this is the end of an era – about 6 years long. Our children have been through the doors and onto school well prepared. I know they have had the very best of care and help to prepare them for life at school – and beyond. Thanks so much for all your hard work, time and…READ MORE
To all the wonderful staff at Country Kids, You all have been AMAZING in helping our kids grow & learn & experience such great fun opportunities over the last 10 YEARS You are all AWESOME & ROCK! We will miss you all so much
To the wonderful staff at Country Kids, How do you say goodbye? But more importantly, how do you say thank you? Country Kids has played a significant part in the Early Childhood Years of our two girls. The growth and confidence we have observed of our girls has been priceless! We have enjoyed and loved everything about Country Kids from…READ MORE
Hello, my 4 year old (Jaylee) started Country Kids 2 weeks ago. Friends had told me about Country Kids “check out County kids, it’s amazing”, “the teachers are wonderful”, “the kids will love it”, so I knew Jaylee and I were in for a treat when we visited Country Kids. What I didn’t expect was the warm welcome we received…READ MORE