Education & Training

Funky Duck Learning
3 Wesley Street, Kaiapoi

Funky Duck Learning is all about finding a way to enjoy learning. Each student has different needs and our mission is to find what sparks the light.  The teacher is a qualified registered primary school teacher with skills in all curriculum learning from year 1 through to year 8, year 9 for literacy as well as SLD teaching experience. I have worked extensively with students who have switched off from learning by working with them using their interests and activities that are fun and achievable.

I am registered with Ngai Tahu for providing sponsored learning for Ngai Tahu tamariki. Engaging students into enjoying their learning is my passion and I’m forever finding activities that I can use to keep the motivation alive.

Funky Duck Learning
(03) 327 3243 or (021) 1154011
Kaiapoi Plunket Clinic
Kaiapoi Community Centre, Sewell Street, Kaiapoi

What we offer

Plunket sees more than 90% of newborn babies in New Zealand each year. Plunket offers parenting information and support as well as developmental assessments of your child.

Our nurses provide support through home and clinic visits, mobile clinics and PlunketLine, a free telephone advice service for parents. Call 0800 933 922, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Plunket also organises parent groups, parenting education, toy libraries, drop in centres, play groups, early childhood education and education in schools – most of which are available nationwide.

03 327 8480 or 0800 933 922
Kore Sailing – Kore Sailing, Kayak, Raft, Paddle Board Hire

Sailing, we really want to help people get started in sailing, Stand Up Paddle and kayaking. We are creative, fresh, safe, active, fun around water.

Kaiapoi river, Kaiapoi town centre

We have two venues, Kaiapoi town centre on the river and at Lake Pegasus in Pegasus Town.

Explore the river or lake with friends, family or a group. There’s plenty of opportunity with our range of equipment for play and fitness.

Making the most of the Kaiapoi river

SUP: Stand up paddle. Just like walking on water. We can help you get started.

Kayak: Experience the river from a whole new perspective, paddling a single or double kayak.


We do not have set hours. We will arrange for the equipment you need.

After school and weekends and school holidays – Contact us for details

Phone, email or text to check conditions and to make a booking.

Hire Rates

We can provide equipment from $10.00 per person.
Minimum charges do apply.

Kore Hire
Text 021 669474 or phone 0800 sailkiwi, 0800 724 554
Suzuki Piano Lessons age 4 and up

Kind Caring teacher – Deb Williams
Some vacancies Mon/Tues before and after school. Also older and adult beginners traditional or Suzuki. Experienced teacher of children with disabilities. Studio situated in Clarkville. Lessons $30/half hour ph 3272793 /0274978130 or email for more info or bookings

(03) 3272793 or mobile (027) 4978130
Child’s Time Early Learning Centre- Silverstream

We are excited to announce a brand new innovative Nursery and Preschool will be open very soon at the Silverstream Estate in Kaiapoi. This new residential area is a safe, family focused environment serving as an exceptional place to offer our quality education and care programme.

State of the art facilities and equipment
Separate Nursery (0-2 yrs) Preschool (2-3.5yrs) Prepschool (3.5-5yrs)
Large outdoor play area for all age groups
Both indoor and outdoor play areas exceed Ministry of Education Regulations
Qualified experienced teachers in each room.
Separate gym/music room for children 2-5 years
Individual Portfolios for each child, and extensive transition to school programme
20 hours ECE FREE for all children 3-5 years (conditions apply)
Full day and half day sessions


Childs time flyer
(0275) 460164
Sovereign Star Preschool
414 Williams Street
Kaiapoi, Waimakariri
New Zealand 7691

At Sovereign Stars, we believe that early years are a special time in a child’s life: an exciting period of discovery and learning.

We commit to provide exceptional care and education for your children.

What We Offer:

A stimulating educational based programme for Children Aged 0 – 5 years
Specialised music, dance and drama programme for Children aged 0 – 5 years.
An opportunity for children to develop imagination and creativity through daily experiences.
Gym programme, where children will develop gross motor skills, balance and co-ordination.
Extension group for four year olds which focuses on readiness for school.
Children are able to participate in small focused experiences to develop self-management and independence.
Enjoyable experiences for children that promotes learning in numeracy and literacy.
An environment where children are able to follow their interests and develop an enquiring mind.
Develop language and communication by interacting, participating, and co-operating with other children and adults.

021 0295 1364 or 03 260 1023
Active Explorers Kaiapoi – pre school
306 Beach Rd

Active Explorers Kaiapoi is an exciting new Early Learning Centre about to open in May/June. The centre is beautifully designed and amazingly resourced with the highest quality and latest equipment and resources for your child to engage with. Our teachers have been selected for their passion and commitment to offering the best care and educational opportunities for your children.

Active Explorers Kaiapoi is a place of wonderment and discovery where your child will grow and develop confidence, be a creative thinker and have that independence that will enable them to be successful in their future learning journey at school.
Centre Hours:
Monday to Friday: 7:00 am – 6:00 pm

Half Days/Full Days

Saturday, Sunday & Public Holiday: Closed
Ages Catered For:
3 Months – 5 Years

Active Explorers Kaiapoi
03 662 9067
Enterprise North Canterbury
143 Williams St, Kaiapoi 7630

Enterprise North Canterbury (ENC) Business Centre is a new, innovative space designed to be a ‘go to’ place for the North Canterbury business community.

Conveniently located in central Kaiapoi, the Business Centre brings together entrepreneurs, freelancers, professionals and other business people in an inspiring and energetic environment designed to encourage learning and give opportunities for informal networking with other users.

Enterprise North Canterbury
03-327 3135
International Culinary Studio – bringing our classroom to your kitchen
1/116 Williams Street, Kaiapoi

Dear Future Chef,

Be Inspired, this is my take on Chefs in the “New World of Technology”. It’s the visionary in the kitchen to be on top of one’s game, a leader, coach and empowering guru who keep things in sync. It’s the “Chef”

Whether you aspire to be a Chef in Multi – Michelin Starred Restaurants, Sky Scraper Hotels, Catering and Hospitality establishments, wanting to work in a Cafe or Restaurant or start your own company, this will all be possible with the cutting – edge technology learning programs that will prepare and able you to gain the necessary tools in order to do so. But the reality of it all starts at the very beginning on asking the questions: What now, where and how to get started?

An understanding is that everyone aspires to be a “Star Chef”, in this fast pace, techno and social media wonderful world we live and breathe right now! This ‘new era’ way of being educated online, with International Culinary Studio, would not only be done all on your individual steam and pace, but with the resource’s available within our teaching modules, by only a touch of a button from your media devices.

As an Executive Chef, in my experience, it is the responsibility to inspire, educate and motivate the team. It’s not just about producing the finest food possible, but also the financial and business aspects as to how and what makes it work out in this fast pace industry we all have a passion for.

As a Chef, one day, you will be a master of multi–tasking, split–second decision-making and the humbleness in handling criticism well. You will still wake up with determination and then go to bed with satisfaction!

Online Internationally accredited Culinary Qualifications

International Culinary Studio
0508 243 348
Small Stitches Studio
Room 28, 31 Ranfurly St
Kaiapoi, New Zealand

Small Stitches Studio is a workshop space for stitchers and crafters of all levels to simply learn, share and create!
The Studio is open only when classes and sessions are on.
For a detailed list of classes and group times, please email me for a copy of our latest newsletter.

Small Stitches Studio
027 285 8378
Seikokai karate
57 Williams St, above Super Liquor

Tues 6-7pm 57 Williams St, above Super Liquor

Wednesday 57 Williams St, above Super Liquor from 6-7pm

Friday 5.30pm -7.30pm 57 Williams St, above Super Liquor

We’ve got a new venue for our Tuesday class starting Tues 4th April at 57 Williams Street, above Super Liquor.

First session free, thereafter $5 per session. Ages from 7 upwards

Sensei Kevin Merriman 6th Dan
The Academy of Seiko-Kai Karate sets the standards for learning traditional and competition karate in Canterbury.Our classes promote more than just a martial art. Indeed they offer each individual the opportunity to partake in a structured programme guaranteed to awaken the hidden potentials of the student. Our philosophy in teaching is based upon old fashioned principles and etiquette.
Our instructors are all first aid trained, child welfare certified and are registered with ‘Karate New Zealand – (KNZ) (the official governing body for Karate in NZ.
Whether it is keep fit, learn self-defence, lose weight, gain confidence, discipline or self-motivation, TASK is here to help.

Seikokai karate
(020) 40925056
Kaiapoi Preschool
8 Tunas Street, Kaiapoi

Kaiapoi Preschool is a privately owned Early Childhood Centre that first opened in Kaiapoi as an educational childcare facility in 1986.

The Preschool is licenced for 20 Children aged 2 – 6 years and operates Monday to Friday 8am-4pm at 8 Tunas Street.

Our teachers are committed to supporting positive learning outcomes for children and consistently maintain a higher ratio of staff to children than required by regulation. Call us now on 03 327 5566 to arrange a visit.

To support your child to reach their potential Kaiapoi Preschool offers:

Kaiapoi preschool
03 327 5566
Bella Montessori Preschool and Nursery
14 Carew St, Kaiapoi 7630

Bella Montessori is Kaiapoi’s first educational Montessori Preschool. We have highly experienced teachers, some who have a combination of Early Childhood Degree and a Montessori qualification. Our philosophy promotes a supportive community where children look after one another. Teachers promote gentle and caring interactions.
Montessori education for children 0-6 years, focus on environmental education – sustainability.

Bella Montessori Preschool and Nursery
03-327 6066
Kaiapoi North School
278 Williams St, Kaiapoi 7630

Kaiapoi North School opened in 1962 meaning that in 2012 we celebrated our 50th Jubilee. We are a “full primary” school catering for Year 1-8 children in our spacious, vibrant and well maintained school. As well as 21 classrooms we have a specialist music room, a welcoming library, a hall large enough for our whole school assemblies and a large, safe playground.

Kaiapoi North School
03-327 8803
Kaiapoi Borough School
20 Hilton Street
Kaiapoi 7630

Kia ora and thank you for your interest in our school.

Kaiapoi Borough School was the first school in Kaiapoi, established in 1873. We have a long history of providing great learning opportunities for students in year 0 to year 8. Our proximity to the river is unique and our grounds are extensive with some stunning mature trees.

We are a community focussed school, working hard to partner with whanau to develop life long learners. Our core values: Innovation, Community, Integrity and Respect are an integral part of who we are and how we do things.

It is a privilege to lead Kaiapoi Borough School. We have wonderful students and families, a great staff and strong links with the local community. We welcome the chance to show you around to see what we are doing.
03 327 7231
ABC Kaiapoi
56 Williams Street
Christchurch 7630

ABC Kaiapoi is a gorgeous purpose built childcare centre set against the stunning rural backdrop of Kaiapoi. We are a large centre and have ample room for your child to play in a safe and nurturing environment where learning is driven by children’s interests.

Our caring and qualified teachers will nurture and extend your child’s social, emotional, cognitive and physical development. We have loads of excellent age-specific resources to help your child learn and develop to their full potential. We believe that to effectively guide children into school, both teachers and parents/whānau need to be active participants in the journey. Because of this, we have an Open Door Policy, where we welcome family contributions at any time.

We understand that it can be quite stressful leaving your child in our care for the first time and know that it is important for you to be happy when leaving your children. Therefore we encourage you and your child to visit the centre as many times as you like, until you’re both comfortable.

Visiting the centre gives you the chance to see our teachers working with the children and in turn this is how they will interact with your child. You don’t need to book for a visit, simply drop by or call us for more information.

What makes us different:

We have three large playgrounds for children to explore and discover, which are currently being re modelled to include new natural play areas.
We have five large classrooms – providing more than required space to extend children’s learning. Which include a separate room for our under ones.
Our under two bedroom has full stand-alone cots with a home away from home feel.
Low teacher to child ratios
Qualified, passionate and experienced staff
Bright, clean and well-resourced centre

ABC Kaiapoi
(03) 327 0733
Honeybeez Preschool Nursery
208 Williams St, Kaiapoi 7630

Honey Beez Preschool & Nursery is a Education & Care type Early Childhood Service. Whose regional council is Canterbury Region under education region of Canterbury

03-327 5683
Kidsfirst Kaiapoi North Kindergarten

10 Ranfurly St,

Previously Kidsfirst Charles St, the renamed Kidsfirst Kaiapoi North kindergarten is now based close to the domain and park to create a perfect kindergarten setting.

Your child can come to our kindergarten for up to 6 hours a day, Monday to Friday, during our 4 kindergarten terms.
These terms echo the terms your child will have when they start school.
(03) 327 8476
Sweet Pea Early Learning Centre
468 Mandeville Road

An amazing new daycare opening soon in Mandeville, Christchurch in January 2018.
03-312 0715
Portobelo Preschool & Nursery Kaiapoi
41 Wesley St, Kaiapoi 7630
107 Otaki Street

Portobelo Preschool & Nursery Kaiapoi is located in a quiet residential street in Kaiapoi, well away from the industrial area and motorway. Our adjacent nursery is able to be accessed either by walking through our walkway, or from a separate street address.

The preschool was once a private house, on a large section, which has been adapted to meet the needs of our preschool. Indoors we have a number of cosy inviting areas thoughtfully set up by teachers each day, that encourage children to engage in sustained creative play. We also have a separate café area where the children eat together and take part in larger group activities. We have a wide range of ever-changing resources that invite cooperation and joint work on projects of various natures and sizes. Children learn about respect, responsibility and community, while developing friendship skills, creativity, problem solving, along with literacy and numeracy. For our older children, we have a specially designed ‘Ready for School’ programme, which ensures each child is well set up for success when they enter formal schooling.

The outdoor area is a large natural space, with fruit trees, decking, edible gardens, swings and a slide, a playhouse, and plenty of space for exploration and activities. Every day the children use this space for swinging, digging, running, climbing, playing ball games, riding their bikes and tending our gardens. They learn about challenge and risk, problem-solving, working with others, perseverance, and responsibility for the environment, while making discoveries in this rich environment.

We love getting out and about in our local community, and there are local parks, a primary school, the Community Garden, a rest home, shops and a library for us to walk to regularly.

Please phone to arrange a visit to see how special Portobelo Kaiapoi Preschool is, and what we have to offer you and your child. We will be happy to show you around and discuss your child’s particular interests and strengths, and your wishes and hopes for their learning and care in our centre.

03-327 9114