Fundamentals Merivale Preschool & Nursery

Located within a beautiful Villa in the heart of Merivale, we use the gorgeous environment to provide a stunning home away from home for your children. We have three learning spaces which offer small group sizes with high quality teachers that provide care and education for children aged 3 months – 20 months (nursery), 20 months – 3 years (transition room) and 3 – 5 years (preschool).

At Fundamentals we believe in providing the building blocks for success in learning. This comes through creating habits of the children’s mind that inspire them to want and need to learn all the time.These foundations are established in the formative years (0-6 years of age). The way to achieve a successful framework is to provide, right from the start, a stimulating, challenging, exciting and fun environment that will assist the children to develop their natural abilities through individual and collective learning opportunities.

The environment at Fundamentals Preschools & Nursery provides children with opportunities to take charge of their own learning, to become risk takers and grow, learn and discover with their friends.

Fundamentals provide for low ratios being 1 teacher to every 4 children in the nursery,  1 teacher to 5 children in the transition room (20 months – 3 years)  and 1 teacher to every 8 children in the preschool. (3-5 years old)

Tamariki and Kaiako experience an environment where everyone respects themselves, others and the environment and that Tuakana Teina is part of the culture (looking after each other)


Tamariki and Kaiako experience an environment that is fun that foster

  • Opportunities to explore
  • Confidence to be yourself
  • Positivity
  • Empowerment
  • Biculturalism
  • Friendships
  • Creativity

Tamariki and Kaiako experience an environment that reflects the importance of teamwork including  

  • Collaboration
  • Shared focus
  • Inclusiveness
  • Valuing diversity
  • Friendships
  • Emerging leadership

Tamariki and Kaiako experience an environment where everybody contributes to a shared love of learning that promotes

  • Risk taking
  • Self direction
  • Relevant interests
  • Passions
  • A sense of belonging