Snells Beach


Snells Beach is home to our established and peaceful Mahurangi preschool. With extensive outdoor spaces both upstairs (for 1-3 year olds) and downstairs (for 3-6 year olds) stimulating imaginative play and learning, the centre is spacious and ideal for all ages.

Our excellent, experienced teaching teams will be ready to welcome you to our Snells Beach Centre at any time. The centre has two separate learning environments, one caters for children between 1-3 years-old. The other caters for children between 3-6 years-old. The indoor to outdoor flow at the centre is ideal for children with an extensive range of areas available for play activities from baking, to painting, woodwork, games and reading.

Children should learn at their own pace and with plenty of free play, so our teachers engage the children on their level – observing, noticing, recognising and responding to what the child is doing.

The structure of the day is organised in such a way as to maximise a variety of learning experiences and to support individual styles of learning.

Each day we have a time together on the mat where stories and songs are shared, and at the end of the day music and phonics. Each mat time is highly interactive and creates a platform for relevant activities to follow.

We provide a high level of flexibility and options available for families. Choose your session times, take children out of preschool for the school holidays with no charge, and we allow for two makeup sessions per term. 

Session options for 1-3 year olds

Morning Session 8.30–11.30am
Afternoon Session 11.30am–3.30pm
Seven Hour Full Day 8.30am–3.30pm
Eight Hour Full Day 8:00am–4:00pm

Session options for 3-6 year olds

Seven Hour Full Day 8.30am–3.30pm
Eight Hour Full Day 8:00am–4:00pm

Please note: We recommend a minimum of two sessions per week.

We have an open door policy; parents and other interested adults are welcome to visit at any time without an appointment.

PLEASE NOTE: ** During this current period our tamariki are all together in one learning environment in the downstairs area**


Our greatest asset is our team


We are proud of our staff’s passion and commitment to loving, nurturing and teaching children.

Their professionalism and dedication to delivering purposeful teaching practice is excellent. Who they are and what they believe really shines through.

We are also proud to offer above and beyond what the Government requirements are, both in terms of teacher qualifications and adult-to-child ratios.

Government Requires We Offer
80% Registered and trained teachersA much higher percentage of registered and trained teachers
1:10 Teacher to child ratio1:6 Teacher to child ratio

Meet our Team


Fee Schedule


Snells Beach Fee Schedule from 2018

For 1-3 Year Olds

Session Children under 3 years old (who will not receive 20 hours ECE funding)
Morning Session 8.30am–11:30am $16.50
Afternoon Session 11:30am–3:30pm $22.50
Seven Hour Full Day 8:30am–3:30pm $38.50
Eight Hour Full Day 8:00am–4:00pm $44.00
Casual Booking (session times apply) $5.50 per hour

Standard rate for children under 3 years old and hours exceeding 20 ECE hours is $5.50 per hour.

For 3-6 year olds

Session Seven Hour Full Day 8:30am–3:30pm (children receiving 20 hours free ECE funding) Eight Hour Full Day 8:00am–4:00pm (children receiving 20 hours free ECE funding)
2 Days (per week) $11.00 weekly $22.00 weekly
3 Days (per week) $16.50 weekly $33.00 weekly
4 Days (per week) $44.00 weekly $66.00 weekly
5 Days (per week) $82.50 weekly $110.00 weekly

Absenteeism / Sickness

Fees are charged as per permanent booking.

A late fee of $1 per minute shall be payable for children who are picked up after the centre’s specified end of session time.

Two casual sessions are available per term at the centre manager’s discretion when space allows.


Upstairs Facility

For 1–3 Year Olds

 Downstairs Facility

For 3–6 Year Olds

Contact Us

Open Hours

8:00am–4:00pm Weekdays

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