Nau mai, Haere Mai –
Welcome to St James Kidsway

Franklin’s Christian Preschool

St James Kidsway






Our Philosophy


St James Kidsway is committed to providing care and education for children from two years of age till school age. We believe in the relationship of Tuakana Teina, where children learn from older and younger children.

Our Christian faith is the core belief that underpins our professional teaching practice for the positive outcomes for our children, who then become competent learners able to make a valued contribution to society. The Christian nature of St James Kidsway encompasses an open, caring, and respectful relationship.

We acknowledge the expectations and aspirations of the parents and whanau for their children and will work alongside them. We encourage partnership with whanau and encourage them to be involved in the children’s learning journey as well as the centre community.

Teachers embrace the teachable moments. Learning will be fun and exciting. Our curriculum is child-centered and extends to their interests and events that take place in the family, community, and the wider world. We believe in shared kai times where children can gather with friends and kaiako to learn, eat, and share stories.

Teachers are carefully chosen, and each has special attributes that are needed to nurture and care for children. All teachers model love, trust, empathy, peacefulness, and respect that make St James Kidsway a place for children to grow.



St James Kidsway is a Christian Preschool with a community outlook. We offer a safe environment tucked away in peaceful surroundings. Our modern facility has an extensive outdoor space which is loved by our children, teachers and families alike. Come and see for yourself what’s on offer here at St James Kidsway.

St James Kidsway is part of the Government’s 20 hours programme. Our Preschool provides 20 hours per week of early childhood education (ECE) for three to five-year-old children. From the age of three, your child is entitled to government subsidised fees at our Preschool for 20 hours up to six hours per day and up to 20 hours per week. If you need your child to be in childcare for more than 20 hours per week you will be charged fees for these extra hours.

Term dates 2024:

We close for the school holidays

30 January 12 April
29 April 5 July
22 July 27 September
14 October 17 December
Who Are We

Who are we?

Our Vision

Our Vision

Our Mission

Our Mission

Our Constitution

Our Constitution

Education Review Office

Education Review


Our Team

With a passion for helping children learn, we have a dedicated team…

Sharon Harris

Sharon Harris

Centre Manager


Anita Wilson

Registered Teacher

Shanna Stobart

Shanna Stobart

Registered Teacher

Simonē Matthews

Unqualified Teacher

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What will my child learn

Your child will learn how to:

Form friendships

Be courageous and try new things

Begin to understand and make sense of the world around them.

Play and explore

Take turns, negotiate, and share

Build a relationship with God


Testimonials About Little Birdies

“Thank you from the bottom of my heart. My family have been truly blessed to have you been part of such a wonderful environment for our boys to be cared for in. They have all had so much fun. Thank you also for the lovely chats with me – they certainly kept me sane when the kids were little and sometimes you guys were my only adult contact! We will miss you all terribly.”


We are really touched by that kindness – your preschool has always gone above and beyond – any other mum I have talked to in the area has always said great things about St James preschool. You have a great, and well deserved, reputation.


The Disco was a great family event. What a fantastic social occasion for all. I loved the way everyone there was friendly and mingled. The children past and present, had a very magical time. What a celebration.

Bennett Family


Testimonials About Little Birdies

April Newsletter

April Newsletter

We have had a great start to 2019 welcoming Aliyah-Anne, Brooklyn, Heinz, Gabrielle, Jane, Jireh, Lorenzo, Nieko, Ricardo, Seth, Zivanca and...

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May Newsletter

May Newsletter

Welcome to our 13 new children that have started this term! We are excited to have you and your whanau at Kidsway.

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June Newsletter

June Newsletter

As we approach winter this weekend, we are reminded by the cold and wet days that we will behaving. At Kidsway we do play outside in all...

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