Ponsy Kids Community Preschool

At Ponsy Kids Community Preschool the children and whanau are at the heart of the learning and teaching environment we provide.  Being a not-for-profit, community based preschool allows us to operate with a high qualified teacher to child ratio.  This enables us to provide our tamariki with a quality learning environment that gives them the best possible learning outcomes.

We have an inclusive curriculum that removes any barriers to participation in learning providing equal opportunities for all children and a commitment to bicultural teaching practices. The learning experiences that we design are meaningful and based on our knowledge of the Early Childhood Curriculum – Te Whariki, and the individual child’s interests.  We use a ‘notice, recognise and respond’ methodology, working in unison with our whanau in order for children to reach their learning goals.

We believe that children are competent, capable, learners.  We, as teachers, empower our tamariki to share their interests and we respond to their unique, individual personalities, cultures, ideas and needs.  We have an environment that fosters a child’s sense of belonging, where they know that they have a place to grow and develop into confident lifelong learners.

We believe that the environment acts as a third teacher.  We aim to create an inviting, responsive learning environment that will entice our children to engage and where we, as teachers, can support and deepen the learning that is occurring.

Our preschool is truly a home away from home for our tamariki, whanau and kaiako.  We provide love, care, guidance and support to our learners from two to five years of age, affirming them in their identity as their learning journey continues towards school.  We support children and whanau through the transition to school, as we lay the foundation for them to become confident, lifelong learners; curious, capable, and full of wonder for the world around them and beyond.



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.

Ponsy Kids Community Preschool is a not for profit preschool that is licensed for 41 children aged 2yrs-5yrs.  We have high teacher/child ratios, with 5 qualified teachers and 2 teacher aides 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.

Ponsy Kids offers 20 Hours ECE for 3-5 year old children. Contact our admin Josie Craib-Scott on (09) 376 0896 for a visit.

Email: admin@ponsykids.org.nz


The Education Review Office gave Ponsy Kids a top report. Click HERE  to view the 2020 ERO Report.

Session Times and Fees

  • Session Times
  • 8:30am – 12pm
  • 8:30am – 2:30pm
  • 12:00pm – 4pm
  • 8:30am – 4pm
  • Sessions – 2 year olds (no ECE Hours)
  • $29.75
  • $51.00
  • $34.00
  • $63.75
  • Sessions – 3-5years olds (20 Hours)
  • $15.75
  • $27.00
  • $18.00
  • $39.75


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 Ponsy Kids. 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.