Preschool: 379 7590 - Littlies: 379 7699

Kia Ora, Hello, Talofa, Namaste, Nǐ Hǎo, Bonjour and a warm welcome to Carterton Preschool.


Carterton Preschool is a family-based Preschool in Carterton, privately owned and operated by Melissa Hutchings and Carey Morris.

Carterton Preschool provides education and care for Preschool children aged 3-5 years.
We are licensed for 30 children and the teacher ratio is 1:6.

Preschool hours are 7:45am to 5:00pm.

Melissa Hutchings

Melissa Hutchings – Co-owner and Team Leader

Melissa Hutchings

Lynette Hunter – Co- Founder of Carterton Preschool and Littlies

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Carey Morris – Co-owner and Team Leader Littlies

Carterton Preschool is committed to working with parents and whānau to keep children safe, physically and emotionally which supports their learning journey. 

“Ko te ahurei o te tamaiti arahia ō tātou māhi.

Let the uniqueness of the child guide our work.”

Our teaching team is a strong unit, friendly, professional, qualified and experienced, whose overall team philosophy reveals a genuine dedication and passion about discovering, nurturing and growing children’s learning potential.

Our Vision is to equip children with the skills they need for social and educational experiences for life, through our commitment to excellence in all aspects of early childhood education.

Natural environment – children splash in puddles and climb trees

High teacher to child ratios

Strong focus on dispositional learning

Transition to school programme

Home away from home



Our teaching team is a strong unit of friendly, professional, qualified and experienced teachers who are genuinely dedicated and passionate about discovering, nurturing and growing children’s learning potential.


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