the joy of teaching, the love of learning

the joy of teaching, the love of learning

Bette Christie Kindergarten


Welcome To Bette Christie Kindergarten

Our kindergarten is situated in a quiet cul-de-sac within a 1 kilometre radius of 4 primary schools making us accessible for many families. We pride ourselves on the positive learning environment we provide for our children and families. Children are supported through a well-resourced programme which promotes creativity and independence. We are highly respectful of the important role each child’s whânau plays in their learning.     
We offer an extended year service, which means we are open for up to 50 weeks per annum and we are open for up to 7.5 hours per day.

Our Session Times Are:
Monday to Friday  8:30am to 2:30pm and
Monday to Friday 8:30am to 4:00pm

Our Staff To Child Ratio:
We have a ratio of 1 teacher to 10 children, with additional teacher aide support as well.
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Bette Christie Kaupapa:

“Our tamariki and whānau are nurtured and valued through an environment rich in positive learning experiences”.
Our Favourite 2016 ERO Comment:

The kindergarten philosophy reflects a strong focus on empowering children, and whānau participation in early childhood education and care. Children confidently lead their learning and communicate with staff. A calm and nurturing tone encourages them to make choices and explore individual interests. The curriculum increasingly supports both younger and older children's learning.

Teachers have immersed themselves in the bicultural curriculum over the past 18 months to support success for Māori. Teachers work closely with whānau to achievement a strong sense of whanaungatanga. The head teacher and teachers have revitalised relationships with local whānau and families. Children enjoy responsive teaching practices that celebrate their language, culture and identity. Teachers continue to grow their knowledge and practices in this key area.

View our full 2016 ERO report here.                     

Meet The Staff:
Left to Right (Back): Tracy Barretto, Sue Bryant, Adeline Gouder,
Left to Right  (Front): Olga Peakman (Head T), Mitra Macpherson

BC Staff july 2017

Head Teacher  Olga Peakman
  • Diploma of Teaching & current first aid
Teacher  Sue Bryant
  • Diploma of Teaching & current first aid
Teacher  Tracy Barretto
  • Diploma of Teaching & current first aid
Teacher Mitra Macpherson
  • B Education (ECE) & current first aid
Teacher Aide & KSW Adeline Gouder


"We are proud parents of 2 lovely daughters attending Bette Christie kindergarten, it took us awhile to find the right place for our children but when meeting with the teachers we knew this was the place. We have had the honor not only knowing our children are in a safe and caring environment but getting to know the teachers, children and parents has been rewarding. There is much respect for all children who attend and ourselves, we see it as a great learning place for our girls." M.N Parent

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Contact Us:

Phone:       06 843 5736
Cellphone: 027 643 5736
Address:   10 Hurst Avenue, Maraenui, Napier


Contact Us


Phone:  06 835 7890


66 Kennedy Road, Napier

PO Box 4298, Marewa, Napier

New Zealand

Mission and Vision Statements

Our Vision
Learning is child's play and teaching is a passion.

Our Mission:
Children and parents look forward to their kindergarten experience