• Philosophy

    Through the development of our relationships with
    the children they will be encouraged to be respectful,
    thoughtful and understanding towards each other
    and their natural environment.

Kia Ora and Welcome to Gore Preschool Early Learning Centre

We are a purpose built Early Learning Centre, licensed by the Ministry of Education for children aged 0-5 years. The centre caters for the needs of local families in Gore and the surrounding area, and offers WINZ subsidies and 20 ECE Hours for those eligible. 

Our programme is based on Te Whāriki, the New Zealand Early Childhood Curriculum. Our programme places high importance on the partnership between teachers, children and families/whānau. As part of our emphasis on quality we offer excellent child:teacher ratios, with enthusiastic, qualified and registered teachers, as well as teachers in training.

Our centre incorporates four indoor learning areas and two separate outdoor play areas for under 2’s and over 2’s. The large, spacious grounds feature an exciting locally designed and crafted playground, reflecting many aspects of the Otatara area, this provides an environment to challenge children and to inspire their imagination, exploration and creativity.

Owner/Manager - Petrina Hickey

PatrinaAs a qualified and fully registered teacher who owns and manages Otatara Preschool I bring a wealth of knowledge and experience in Early Childhood Education. I am excited and looking forward to returning to my hometown, Gore, to promote a quality, well-resourced and modern early childhood facility to the community.

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Gore Preschool will be licensed to operate from 7:30am– 6pm Monday to Friday.

The Centre will be closed for 2 weeks over the Christmas and New Year period, at no charge; dates will be advised in advance. We will also be closed for all public holidays.


  • To provide the Gore Community with an excellent quality Early Childhood facility.
  • To offer a stimulating, well-resourced and fully educational programme sensitive to individual and community needs.
  • To provide a safe and positive environment in which children can learn and grow comfortably as individuals.
  • To ensure that the local community and families are an integral part of the programme, by welcoming visitors and providing children opportunities to explore their wider community.

Fee Schedule

Infant and Toddler Rooms $6.50 per hour
Young Children / Preschool Rooms $6.00 per hour
Children aged 3&4 years 20 Hours ECE no fee*, all other hours enrolled $6.00 per hour
Full Time – 35 hours and over $210.00 per week
Enrolment Fee  $10.00 per child

We accept WINZ subsidies, please see the WINZ website for further information on how to apply.

PLEASE NOTE: 20 Hours ECE is for up to six hours per day and up to 20 hours per week for children aged 3-5 years.

Family Discount

Two or more children, 10% discount will be applied to the eldest child/ren.

Minimum Enrolment

For our teachers to be able to plan for and assess your child’s learning, we request each child attends for 12 hours per week, with a minimum of 4 hours per booking. This also enables children to develop reciprocal relationships with teachers and children and to gain a strong sense of belonging within the learning community. As our aim is to meet the needs of families we are open to discussing flexibility of hours.