Ponsonby Community Preschool (formerly Ponsy Kids) opened in 1998, and is operated by the Ponsonby Community Centre. It was developed with the assistance of Auckland Council, out of a growing need for part-time pre-school places in the Ponsonby area.

Ponsonby Community Preschool is a not for profit preschool that is licensed for 41 children aged 2yrs-5yrs.  We have high teacher/child ratios, with 4 qualified teachers and 1 unqualified teacher providing a nurturing and educational learning environment for our children.

We are proud to have long term and dedicated teachers. Building strong relationships with our families and the community is very important to us. Being community based and non profit means the aspirations and needs of the families in our community come first. Our teaching philosophy is based on extending children’s learning through their individual and group interests.

Ponsonby Preschool offers 30 Hours FREE for the first 3 months of enrolment for 3-5 year old children (conditons apply). Contact our admin Zobeyah Aara on (09) 376 0896 for a visit.

Email: [email protected]

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The Education Review Office gave Ponsonby Preschool a top report. Click HERE  to view the 2023 ERO Report.

Session Times and Fees as of 2024

All new enrolments incur a $50 enrolment fee.

Session Times

2 year olds

3-5 year olds *

8:30am – 12pm $9.50 pr hour $9.50 pr hour after 20 hours free ECE hours used*
8:30am – 2:30pm $9.50 pr hour $9.50 pr hour after 20 hours free ECE hours used*
12:00pm – 4pm $9.50 pr hour $9.50 pr hour after 20 hours free ECE hours used*
8:30am – 4pm $9.50 pr hour $9.50 pr hour after 20 hours free ECE hours used*

*Preschool conditions and Ministry of Education funding regulations apply. 

Our Preschool asks parents to contribute optional charges of $5.50 pr hour on top of the 20 hours free ECE hours for 3-5 year olds.  The optional charges pay for:

  • Weekly music sessions with Antonio the Music Man
  • Weekly Sports sessions with Ready Steady Go Kids!
  • Weekly music and movement sessions with Music4Minis
  • Annual Snow Day
  • Annual Christmas party
  • Extra curricular learning experieinces (e.g. Te reo music performance and Little Scientists)
  • sunblock
  • top up food for lunch boxes



We provide an environment in which facilities, equipment and resources enable staff to encourage children to take advantage of opportunities to enjoy, learn and extend themselves and their potential.

We know that experiences in pre-school have a greater potential to enhance the personal success and happiness of individuals than at any other time of their life, and that in the absence of the primary caregiver, the best care and educational interests of the child will be catered for at Ponsonby Preschool. There are planned activities and opportunities for play, learning and interaction, with competent, caring staff and within a group of children.

What Children Should Bring

Parents should provide the following:

  • Named drink bottle and named lunch box.
  • Change of clothes: Nappies and extra underwear for training children.
  • Morning session: Morning tea, drink and lunch.
  • Afternoon session: Afternoon tea and drink.
  • Full day: Morning tea, afternoon tea, lunch and drinks.
  • A named sunhat in the summer.
  • Warm clothes in the winter
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