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Our History

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. The district has a rich background with families today connected to original pioneering settlements.

In 1987 the Centre was called the Moutere District Child Centre.  It began with six children enrolled.  There was a strong rural base with tobacco, hops, apples, saw milling and sheep farming.  These days families are more diverse with 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, to help them to prepare for their future learning.  In 1999 a second classroom was added.

Today Country Kids has a roll of around 80 children with a maximum of 50 children attending at any one time between the ages of 6 weeks to 5 years.  We also now have all our teachers as registered teachers.  In more recent years our buildings have been extended again to provide better learning facilities.  We now have three classrooms, a staff room and an administration area.

Outside, physical play has been a part of Country Kids from the beginning.  Our playground, surrounding paddock, garden and conservation area means our kids spend lots of time outdoors.

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