the joy of teaching, the love of learning

the joy of teaching, the love of learning

Bette Christie Kindergarten


Welcome To Bette Christie Kindergarten

Our kindergarten is situated in a quiet cul-de-sac within a 1 kilometre radius of 4 primary schools making us accessible for many families. We pride ourselves on the positive learning environment we provide for our children and families. Children are supported through a well-resourced programme which promotes creativity and independence. We are highly respectful of the important role each child’s whânau plays in their learning.     
We offer an extended year service, which means we are open for up to 50 weeks per annum and we are open for up to 7.5 hours per day.

Emergency evacuation destination: Kennedy Rd overpass 

Our Session Times Are:
Monday to Friday  8:30am to 2:30pm and
Monday to Friday 8:30am to 4:00pm

Our Staff To Child Ratio:
We have a ratio of 1 teacher to 10 children, with additional teacher aide support as well.
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Bette Christie Kaupapa:

“Our tamariki and whānau are nurtured and valued through an environment rich in positive learning experiences”.
Our Favourite 2019 ERO Comments:

Strategies based on mindfulness, manaakitanga and whanaungatanga successfully promote children's social competence. Wellbeing and belonging support them to form positive relationships with adults and each other.

Family and whānau contribution to their children's learning is respected and acknowledged as they work alongside teachers. They engage with the curriculum and take on leadership roles to support and promote the kindergarten in the community.

Children engage in a range of experiences that promote their knowledge, understanding and appreciation of science. Teachers have yet to evaluate the impact of these activities on outcomes for children.

Te ao Māori is woven positively through the environment and curriculum. All children's sense of identity is promoted in knowing that their culture is embraced and nurtured. Protocols are followed, and teachers continue to build their knowledge and understanding of planning, assessment, teaching and learning practices reflected through a Māori lens.

View our full 2019 ERO report here.                     

Meet The Staff:

Left to Right: Olga Peakman (former Head T), Tracey Brenssell, Adeline Gouder, Sue Bryant, Tracy Barretto, Lorelle Hill

BC Staff 22 June 2020

Head Teacher  Stacey Trotter
  • B.Ed degree & current first aid
Teacher  Sue Bryant
  • Diploma of Teaching & current first aid
Teacher  Tracy Barretto
  • Diploma of Teaching & current first aid
Teacher Tracey Brenssell

       Dip Teaching ECE & current first aid

Teacher Jane Pickering 
  • Dip Teaching ECE & current first aid
KSW Daniella McCleland


"We are proud parents of 2 lovely daughters attending Bette Christie kindergarten, it took us awhile to find the right place for our children but when meeting with the teachers we knew this was the place. We have had the honor not only knowing our children are in a safe and caring environment but getting to know the teachers, children and parents has been rewarding. There is much respect for all children who attend and ourselves, we see it as a great learning place for our girls." M.N Parent

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Contact Us:

Phone:       06 843 5736
Cellphone: 027 643 5736
Address:   10 Hurst Avenue, Maraenui, Napier


Contact Us


Phone:  06 835 7890


66 Kennedy Road, Napier

PO Box 4298, Marewa, Napier

New Zealand

Mission and Vision Statements

Our Vision
Learning is child's play and teaching is a passion.

Our Mission:
Children and parents look forward to their kindergarten experience