Brynley Street Nursery & Preschool




We opened the doors to Brynley Street Nursery and Preschool in October 2008 with the dream of creating a beautiful space for the youngest members of our community to be nurtured, cared for and educated. 


We believe it is important for children to feel secure and valued when in our care. It is our ongoing vision to create 'The Next Best Place to Home'... home representing a place of sanctuary and comfort , a place where we can be with our family, relax, laugh, be heard and be accepted. This notion of home underpins the service we offer our families.


We feel it is important for children to engage with and explore a natural environment and to have fun while doing so. With this in mind we offer large, well considered play spaces, plenty of natural resources, large trees (attracting bird life) and an earthy colour palette throughout (to reflect our rural roots). We have organic gardens, chickens that lay eggs, rabbits & a resident cat named Franklin. Our pets are apart of our centre family.


We believe it is essential to have teachers who are warm, caring and demonstrate a passionate commitment to teaching children to be 'lifelong learners' all while fostering strong relationships with children and families. We have carefully selected our teaching team because they are able to demonstrate these qualities that are so important to our service.

With this in mind we hope you feel like you have come home when you walk through our door! We warmly welcome you and your family to our service...

~ Gem & Melissa


We are licensed for 10 children under 2 years and have two full time trained teachers, both of whom are warm, knowledgeable and passionate about giving your little one the best start to their education.

As well as servicing the beautiful community of Hornby, Brynley Street Nursery is only a short drive (or walk) from Wigram, Hei Hei, Islington, Halswell, Prebbleton & Templeton, making it a fantastic option for families in our surrounding communities. 

The basis of our teaching at Brynley Street Nursery is inspired by Magda's Gerber's RIE philosophy. This embodies the idea of respect for, and trust in the baby to be an initiator, an explorer, and a self-learner.


We offer a Nursery space for your child that is physically safe, cognitively challenging and emotionally nurturing. Your child will have plenty of time for uninterrupted play and the freedom to explore and interact with other infants and toddlers.


We celebrate and embrace the diversity of cultures of the families who attend our Nursery. You will see this diversity weaved through our curriculum. 

We offer all families their first 4 weeks of care and education FREE of charge (not including settling visits which are also FREE of charge). AND we offer regular FREE Sessions* (conditions apply)*



When I first started looking for a nursery and preschool the vibe and welcoming reception I received was amazing. I felt so confident in leaving my baby with you and going back to work. 

~ Lisa, Mother to Kataraina



Offering a beautiful space for 25 children ages 2 to 5 years our experienced and passionate team of teachers will work alongside your child to provide learning & play experiences that will inspire in them a 'life long love of learning'. 


We use your child's interests to try and stretch their learning through play. Play is so valuable! It's a child's work! It is through structured and unstructured play opportunities that children learn math (counting, grouping, objects, colour identification and classifying), literacy (recognising letters, words, which way a book should go and vocabulary extension) and science (cause and effect). Here at Brynley Street Preschool your child will have abundant opportunities to build friendships, exercise their imagination, explore their creative potential and advance on their natural strengths.

We offer 20 Hours FREE ECE for all 3, 4 & 5 year olds. We can also help you to apply for a Work & Income Subsidy (greatly reducing fees for many families). 

Open 7.30am - 5.30pm Monday to Friday. Morning, afternoon and full day sessions available.




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Pop in for a visit and we can show you around and answer any questions you may have. Upon enrollment we offer all families their first month of care & education completely FREE of charge. 20 Hours FREE is available for all children 3, 4 & 5 years old and we offer regular FREE sessions to children in the Nursery. We are WINZ approved and we can assist you with applying for your subsidy.

Find us at 68 Brynley Street, Hornby, Christchurch

Phone us on 03 3490555

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