About Aratupu 

CMM's Early Childhood Education Centre is Aratupu Preschool & Nursery. Aratupu is located at 97 Harewood Road in Papanui and provides high-quality affordable early childhood education for children 0 - 6 years and their families. Our curriculum is designed to meet the needs of the whanau in our community and focuses on building effective and supportive relationships with children and their whanau. 

Aratupu offers:

  • Nurturing and caring interactions
  • Respect and recognition that all children are individuals within a wider whanau
  • Fostering children’s independence and children know they have a place
  • Opportunities for physical activity, healthy eating and developing self care skills.
  • We have a strong emphasis on Maori culture and language.

We offer 20 hours ECE for 3 and 4 year olds.

We provide a cooked lunch for children in the preschool.

Opening Hours

Feel free to drop in Monday to Friday from 8.30am to 2.30pm. Aratupu is open all year except for 2 weeks at Christmas and all statutory holidays. Half day sessions are available in the Nursery.


Aratupu is licensed for 38 children. Teachers are qualified early childhood teachers. All staff have a current First Aid Certificate.

Preschool (2 - 6 years): 30 children with 3 staff
Nursery (0 - 2 years): 7 children with 2 staff.

Our teaching team is supported by a Centre Manager. 


$30.78 per day (6 hours). For those who meet the criteria, a childcare subsidy will be available from WINZ. 

20 Hours ECE offered for all 3 and 4 year olds. No additional fees charged for these hours.

Absence days are charged at usual rate. Fees are not charged for Statuary holidays and during our Christmas closedown period.

Other Services

Aratupu offers a network of services for families, including:

  • On-site Whanau Support Worker
  • Community Health Worker
  • Whanau room
  • Parenting Courses
  • Child and parent groups
  • Contracted skilled facilitators
  • Access to all Christchurch Methodist Mission services


Aratupu Preschool and Nursery
97 Harewood Road
Christchurch 8053
Ph (03) 352 6816

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