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Welcome to our Centre

Little Orchard Preschool McGarvey Road provides a supportive and stimulating environment, where your child receives meaningful care, as well as personalised learning and development. We are open 7.30am-5.30pm, Monday – Friday.

You’ll be amazed by our spacious outdoor environment and specific toddler room, the Pukeko Room for 15 month olds to 2.5 year olds, so that during this really important developmental stage, they have lots of their own space to move, grow and develop with children of the same age and stage.

With home-like indoor, and spacious outdoor, play areas. Our centre environment is well cared for, with good quality resources, giving ample choice for play.

Located in Whakatane, just round the corner from our Douglas Street Centre and right next to Apanui Primary School, McGarvey Road offers a ‘home away from home’ environment, with excellent care & education for local families.

Our centre is based within a strong community and creates trusting relationships with our parents and whānau. We have 4 classrooms catering for children aged 0-5 years, including a separate infant room and playground.

Our centre has a strong multicultural base and our programmes are reflective of our children, their families and our amazing environment. We offer a wide variety of learning opportunities including a swimming programme, library visits and excursions within our community.


"Little Orchard Preschool has been the best thing we've done for our daughter, enrolling her at the age of 5 months as they have catered for her age and needs. The friendly staff are nice to talk to and share the moments you miss out on when you are busy at work."


"We are so happy with the care Little Orchard Preschool provides. The staff are welcoming, caring and extremely dedicated to the children. Our daughter has made great strides whilst at LOP and she is very happy to go! The environment allows for indoor and outdoor play and each child is supported in their learning journey. We highly recommend LOP!"


"Little Orchard Preschool have a very welcoming and positive environment with friendly, caring and nurturing staff. Drop offs can be challenging some mornings for my boy, but the teachers make it easy by distracting him with his favourite activities or taking him to the window to wave goodbye to me. My son is a very busy and boisterous boy, so with the large play area and variety of outdoor activities, allows him to exude all that energy. I also love that they have a pool so the kids can cool off in the summer and it teaches them confidence and safety around the water."

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We understand that your child’s education & care is a priority and that choosing the right centre can be a big decision. We would be delighted to share in your child’s learning journey. Feel welcome to contact us in whichever way is most convenient for you, or visit our centre and meet our Teaching Team!